Disney Acquires Lucasfilm; Star Wars: Episode VII Coming in 2015
“Star Wars” fans, get ready for multiple nerdgasms!
In one of the biggest movie studio purchases in history, George Lucas has agreed to sell Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney for $4.05 billion. The deal will give Disney ownership of the “Star Wars” franchise, as well as the rights to the “Indiana Jones” franchise, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound.
But that’s not all! Disney also announced that it will be making a seventh “Star Wars” movie, which is planned for release in 2015. In addition to “Star Wars: Episode 7”, there are also plans to follow it up with “Episode 8” and “Episode 9” in future years. It has been hinted that the trilogy may continue the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia a few decades after “Return of the Jedi,” the third film released and the sixth in the saga. Lucas will serve as creative consultant for the new films.
“I’m doing this so that the films will have a longer life,” Lucas said in an interview posted on YouTube. “I get to be a fan now … I sort of look forward to it. It’s a lot more fun actually, than actually having to go out into the mud and snow.”
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