Disney buys LucasFilm for $4 Billion; Plans Star Wars Episode 7 for 2015 Release Date
Could this be a sign for Disney-diehards that Walt Disney World will soon be featuring a very large ‘Star Wars’ area of the parks?
Disney announced today that they have purchased LucasFilm, for a cool $ 4 billion today. Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas, said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disneys unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.
Mr. Star Wars, George Lucas, had this to say about the sale.
For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next, said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. Its now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. Ive always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. Im 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. Disneys reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.