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Disney buys Lucasfilm, plans to release 'Star Wars: Episode 7' in 2015


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#1 OFFLINE   CoyoteQ

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:25 PM

Star Wars fans, you might want to sit down for this one — The Walt Disney Company just announced its plans to purchase Lucasfilm Ltd from George Lucas, with plans to release Star Wars: Episode 7 sometime during 2015. The deal is a stock and cash transaction, with Lucas receiving about half of the $4.05 billion value of the deal in cash plus some 40 million stock shares. ""It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers," Lucas said in a statement. "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."

The deal will see Disney take control of all of Lucafilm's assets, including the "evergreen" Star Wars franchise and operating businesses in "live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production." Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will take over as President of the new Lucasfilm division and report to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn. Lucas himself will stay on as creative consultant for the new Star Wars films, with Kennedy serving as executive producer.

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#2 OFFLINE   CoyoteQ

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:26 PM

Sell Out!
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:42 PM

Kind of excited.... mostly scared and facepalming
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:54 PM

I'll admit it, I'm going to watch.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:03 PM

Kind of excited.... mostly scared and facepalming

Yep. lol
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:12 PM

I always thought Lucas sold out to the Muppets when they created 'Return of the Jedi'.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:03 PM

I sorta can't believe how emotional this news is to me. I would fucking love it if they did the Admiral Thrawn trilogy from the books, but I doubt Disney goes that way.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:07 PM

I sorta can't believe how emotional this news is to me. I would fucking love it if they did the Admiral Thrawn trilogy from the books, but I doubt Disney goes that way.


That was my first thought - I'm actually rereading the Thrawn trilogy right now - but it won't work. That takes place 5 years after Jedi. Mark Hammil, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford can't play 5 years after Jedi any more. Especially Hammil.

My thought is that they either go deep into the Expanded Universe or come up with something new. If Luke/Leia/Han are in it, they will have to be in that elder statesman role - not in the middle of the action.


And I'll just say it. I have a bad feeling about this.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:11 PM

Well, as long as they don't bring along Jar-Jar, that'll be an improvement over prequel trilogy.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:16 PM

That was my first thought - I'm actually rereading the Thrawn trilogy right now - but it won't work. That takes place 5 years after Jedi. Mark Hammil, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford can't play 5 years after Jedi any more. Especially Hammil.

They could always do the 'Tron: Legacy' or the 'Terminator Salvation' thing with those characters, if needed.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:37 PM

Lucas and Disney have been together for decades so thats not a shock. A new film also isn't a shock and yes I would see the aged characters receive minimal roles rather than incorporation. I also hold out no hope for it to be at all appealing to me anymore. Star Wars will always be the original trilogy and thats it. Tron Legacy was fine with me but it doesn't stand up to the original because of the nostalgia. I'll watch it and bitch but whatever.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:56 PM

Well Lucas already ruined Star Wars with Episodes 1-3.

So Disney can only make it worse than the last 3 films Lucas did or better, I'll be waiting to see what happens as a devout Star Wars fan.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:48 PM

New movies should at least give me new Star Wars Lego stuff to buy
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:51 PM

I just hope they don't try to re-make episode 4...other than that I would love to see the next 3 episodes in my lifetime. Plus since Disney is in control now, i wonder if Indiana Jones 5 will be in the plans?
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:08 AM

I just hope they don't try to re-make episode 4...other than that I would love to see the next 3 episodes in my lifetime. Plus since Disney is in control now, i wonder if Indiana Jones 5 will be in the plans?

Remakes would be an awful idea. I'm hoping they do something new yet familiar that occurs during the same time frame as episodes 4-6. Because to be honest the prequels were garbage and the less Yoda I have to put up with the better. He's only nominally less annoying than Jar jar....


As for Indiana Jones 5? I'm for it so long as they don't use Shia Leboef or however that doofus spells his name.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:31 AM

I'll admit it, I'm going to watch.

lol

and thats exactly what Disney is betting on. Even if its crap (which it probably will be) people will still spend their money on it.
I'll admit, I loved Star Wars as a kid and still enjoy watching episodes 4-6 but they lost me after episodes 1-3.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:36 AM

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 11:55 AM

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:lol2: It took me a second, but when I got it....
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:16 AM

Yup, I'll watch it. While the prequels weren't anywhere what the first three were, I still watched them and still bought them. I read an article somewhere that said Hamill and Fisher had already had the new movies discussed with them, but not sure to what extent or if they would even be in them. I think they'd have to be in a limited role, unless they go completely in a different direction.
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:06 AM

I can't wait for the Yoda sing-a-long scene!
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