After consuming Pixar in 2006 and Marvel in 2009, the mighty Disney empire has once again expanded, and its latest conquest is accompanied by a new hope for three new Star Wars films.
As of Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Walt Disney Company officially acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion.
Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, spoke optimistically about the new relationship in the press release detailing the new union.
“This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”
Along with Lucasfilm Ltd., the deal includes all facets of Lucasfilm, from the effects developers, like Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound, to the rights to all of Lucas’s franchises, such as Indiana Jones and, yes, Star Wars.
“It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers,” said George Lucas in the press release. “I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. Disney’s reach and experience gives Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment and consumer products.”
And blaze new trails they shall. With Kathleen Kennedy, the current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, acting as executive producer, Disney announced that plan to create at least three more Star Wars movies (VII, VIII, and IX), the first of which will hit theaters in 2015, along with Avengers 2.
Opinions on the matter are, of course, polarized. While some may argue that the new management will rejuvenate the franchise after the disappointment many fans felt from the recent trilogy, others, like Jake Fredericks, South Lyon sophomore, wishes that the original trilogy and its greatness would have been left in peace.
“I’m telling myself I won’t go see the new movies,” Fredericks said. “But will I? Yes.”
Regardless of one’s stance on the issue, Disney’s acquisition of Star Wars creates a world of possibilities for fans to theorize about. What will be the plot of the next trilogy, and who should direct it? Is a Star Wars-Marvel Universe crossover in the foreseeable future? Will Ewoks be included in the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disney World?
For now, the answers to these questions remain shrouded by the dark side of the Force. So until the metaphorically, metaphysical haze is lifted, feel free to express your concern and excitement in the comments below.
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