Disney acquires LucasFilm, more Star Wars movies on the way

Disney has acquired LucasFilm and announced new Star Wars movies are underway with the first to be released in 2015:

A seventh Star Wars film has been confirmed for release in 2015 as well as a string of sequels after the sale of LucasFilm to Disney for US$4.05 billion (NZ$4.93b).

In a statement announcing the deal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm George Lucas said: “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”

“I’ve always believed that Star Warscould live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.

“Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

TheStreet.com reported that Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled for release in 2015.

There are plans to follow it with Episodes VIII and IX, as well as a new movie every two or three years after those films.

  • david green

    So Disney are planning a new Star Wars movie in 2015 – we reckon Christopher Nolan (batman) and JJ Abrams (Star Trek) could successfully reboot the franchise and make it a lot darker – the opening scene could be Ja Ja Binks getting tortured to death for example…

    • http://mediasportandotherrantings.blogspot.com/ gopolks

      We live in hope

  • Alloytoo

    Mixed emotions, on the one hand Disney may give us more Jar Jar Binks, on the other, if they were sensible they could hand if over to Marvel Studios.

    • http://mediasportandotherrantings.blogspot.com/ gopolks

      Disney, they will probably get Justin Beiber.

  • James

    Star Wars made by Quentin Tarantino…….imagine THAT!….;-)

  • cows4me

    Cool you can never have enough si fi.

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