Disney just bought Lucasfilm outright for upwards of 4 BILLION dollars. They are already stating that they are planning on getting a new Star Wars film (episode 7) into theaters by 2015.
I can barely believe this news. Not only would Disney own the past rights to Star Wars, but they also will get their hands on the Indiana Jones franchise as well. With their marketing muscle, we’re going to see some of the biggest films get bigger. What I think might be the best part of this story is that George Lucas is apparently stepping down from his helm of Star Wars overlord to give new younger filmmakers a crack at telling stories in his world, while he’ll stick around as a creative consultant. This is what I’ve hoped for for years. Not only will episodes 8 and 9 happen too, but Star Wars world films will come out every 2 or 3 years after that.
Why the hell not? Star Wars has such a rich world, that theres tons of other stories to tell. Lucas created a fleshed out world so now with other people being able to get involved I think this can mean great things.
Just think about 2015. We’ll have Disney putting out a Pixar film, Marvel’s Avengers 2, and Star Wars Episode 7. They just won the box office war.