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omegaman 10-30-2012 12:59 PM

Disney acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, plans more Star Wars movies

"Disney is now targeting 2015 for a release of Star Wars: Episode 7, and that its "long term plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years."

kevin 10-30-2012 01:06 PM if Lucas hadn't gotten bad enough now fracking Disney comes in to milk the damn thing into a dessicated corpse.

samwiseb 10-30-2012 01:40 PM

Hmm... I'm not even sure what to think of this. I gotta get my @$$ to work though, so I'll join back in later.

Who owns the first six now? Is the real question I think.

NCC-73515 10-30-2012 02:14 PM

Fits, since the trend went for very young audiences anyway...

kevin 10-30-2012 02:27 PM


Originally Posted by samwiseb (Post 327013)
Hmm... I'm not even sure what to think of this. I gotta get my @$$ to work though, so I'll join back in later.

Who owns the first six now? Is the real question I think.

Deadline has a string of updates on this and it's not a hundred per cent clear at the moment but it appears that this deal gives Disney almost everything, though they allude to some 'encumberances' with Fox over the first films (which to me could be just the first trilogy or not) and with Paramount over 'Indiana Jones' though Disney currently claims it has less interest in Indy just now as Paramount still has some rights connected to him.

However, the claim is now that there are already three more SW films mapped out, so this must have been getting very secretly planned for a while.

NCC-73515 10-30-2012 02:31 PM

martok2112 10-30-2012 02:32 PM

Disney and Marvel released the outstanding Avengers movie.
I have no reason to believe that Disney would release a sub-par product with Star Wars. Hell, it could be a blessing. :)

If Disney is smart, they'll adapt Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy as Episodes 7,8, and 9! :)

starbase63 10-30-2012 04:21 PM

What I posted over at STL:


Star Wars, Indiana Jones, LucasArts, Industrial Light and Magic, Skywalker Sound and THX are all becoming part of the Mouse Empire...

Story from MSN:

George Lucas' associate and Spielberg right hand Kathleen Kennedy will become President of the new Lucasfilm division of Disney and Lucas plans to retire, but will be a creative consultant for any future Disney Star Wars efforts. in fact, rumor is already rampant that Episode VII has been scheduled for 2015.

Story from Wired:

Disney chief Robert Iger, left, and Star Wars creator George Lucas handle some paperwork. Photo courtesy The Walt Disney Company

News of the sale is trending on Twitter, even.

From our friends at Giant Freakin Robot...articles by David Wharton:

samwiseb 10-30-2012 08:21 PM

My thoughts on this.


-They can hardly do a worse job writing/directing these things than Lucas has. Unless they really surprise us.

-With Lucas in an 'executive consultant' position, these movies can still benefit from the best of what he may have to offer.

-As noted above, Disney hasn't screwed up the Marvel film franchise. I was skeptical in 2011 after THOR came out, but the movies have been mostly consistent. Then again, I don't know to what degree (if any) Disney might have interfered with the films creatively. Maybe not at all.

-Too early to tell what this means for the first six movies, but maybe the ones shot on film could get a proper restoration. The original negatives have been abandoned since 2004, and the films currently exist as video files at 1080p resolution. Filming technology has passed episodes II-III by, and home video technology may be about to as well. The episodes shot on film need to be better preserved than that, preferably at 4k or higher.

-Even more problematic than the above, but maybe the films could be preserved in their original versions as well, depending on the politics involved and on what film material still exists that hasn't been destroyed. I suppose ideally, all versions in between would also be reassembled and preserved. Even if they never get re-released, the option to do so should be protected.


-Do we really need more SW? The core story has already been finished as of 2005/1983, take your pick. (Though arguably we didn't really need any more ST either).

-What will be the direction with the films if they keep cranking them out? How well realized will they be? Could they start to become more episodic? Formattic in terms of setting and characters? Or even formulaic?

-Will they become too commercialized? I feel like SW is already as commercialized as it can get; that's been part of the problem. And 'good' commercialized films still get made (Star Trek, The Marvel franchise movies). I doubt we'd ever return to the quasi-independent filmmaking of the first two movies, under Lucas or Disney. Unfortunately.

-Alternatively, could SW become too over-protected? So that it starts appealing to a smaller and smaller audience of mostly hardcore fans? And could Disney try to 'fix' it by relying to heavily on what the fans think they want (for the record, I think adapting Timothy Zahn's trilogy or any other fan-oriented novel or comic book would be a HUGE mistake). This might be less of a concern with Disney than, say Paramount, since I suspect Disney is too finicky to not realize right away when things are headed South.

samwiseb 10-30-2012 08:54 PM


Originally Posted by starbase63 (Post 327019)
What I posted over at STL:

Looking for the thread over there; I must be blind.

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