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Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the wait-what dept.

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Jason Levine writes "Disney will acquire Lucasfilm, including the Star Wars trilogy. Additionally, Star Wars: Episode 7 is due to be released in 2015, with more feature films on the way. George Lucas said, 'For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could 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.'"

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I hereby tag this event: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822585)

Mandatory Kid, Oneliner, Backflip

I'm Optimistic (5, Insightful)

seepho (1959226) | about 2 years ago | (#41822841)

How can anyone not be pleased by this news? Any nerd I've ever interacted with had already written off any new Star Wars movies coming out of Lucasfilm. Even if the new movies are somehow worse than the prequel trilogy, it's not like we were expecting anything good. The only thing that could change my view of the franchise would be if Disney could breath some new life into it and make something worth watching.

Huh? (5, Funny)

greenguy (162630) | about 2 years ago | (#41822587)

*checks date* ...Still October..

Re:Huh? (4, Funny)

toriver (11308) | about 2 years ago | (#41822809)

I think it's a Halloween thing, they try to scare us...

Re:Huh? (3, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 2 years ago | (#41822893)

I think it's a Halloween thing, they try to scare us...

Darth Mickey?

But seriously....would have been better to sell it to Seth MacFarlane, he showed a good bit of love for the franchise with his Family Guy send ups of it....

Re:Huh? (2)

Apu de Beaumarchais (2023822) | about 2 years ago | (#41822845)

Could be a Hallowe'en prank considering how this seems to terrify some people. I'm shocked Lucas is giving it up, but cautiously optimistic about what Disney can do with the franchise.

Re:Huh? (4, Insightful)

niado (1650369) | about 2 years ago | (#41822859)

Seconded, I literally glanced at the calendar after reading this summary.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822985)

It is easier to believe that I missed the moving of April Fools Day to October 30 than this story.

Re:Huh? (4, Funny)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#41823003)

*checks date* ...Still October..

Its the traditional "october surprise" we have toward the end of a presidential election cycle.

I'm not sure who is supposed to benefit by this one. Easily the weirdest one in history.

Re:Huh? (0)

Ghostworks (991012) | about 2 years ago | (#41823039)

So I wasn't the only one to have that reaction.

Are we being trolled? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822589)

Is this a troll? Disney?

I felt a great disturbance in the Force (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822599)

as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

Re:I felt a great disturbance in the Force (3, Insightful)

nwf (25607) | about 2 years ago | (#41822829)

Like they'll sell out more than Lucas?

Re:I felt a great disturbance in the Force (4, Funny)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 years ago | (#41822833)

It took that long for the force to tell you about Episode 1? Jedi should maybe invest in cell phones.

Re:I felt a great disturbance in the Force (4, Informative)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 2 years ago | (#41822959)

as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly...

It ain't no trick to get rich quick
If you dig dig dig with a shovel or a pick
In a mine! In a mine! In a mine! In a mine!
Where a million diamonds shine!
Heigh ho, heigh ho, we'll rape your memories you know.

It is October (4, Informative)

jgtg32a (1173373) | about 2 years ago | (#41822601)

Not April

Star Wars: Episode 7... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822607)

...The Death of Jar Jar?

Re:Star Wars: Episode 7... (4, Funny)

mschaffer (97223) | about 2 years ago | (#41822771)

Star Wars VII: A New New Hope

Obligatory (5, Funny)

albeit unknown (136964) | about 2 years ago | (#41822617)

Noooooo!!!!

One word (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822621)

Wow

Wow (0)

l810c (551591) | about 2 years ago | (#41822623)

Hopefully 7 is better than the last 3. Lucas said he was never going to do another one. I guess he was right.

I feel a great disturbance in the force... (2, Funny)

halfEvilTech (1171369) | about 2 years ago | (#41822627)

It was as if a million tech geeks screamed out in horror and were suddenly silenced

Re:I feel a great disturbance in the force... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41823021)

Silence? LOL. I know that's staying accurate to the quote, but silent is one thing star wars geeks NEVER are. The worst part of this deal is the fact that the next 20 years is going to be full of even MORE whining, bitching and moaning about various star wars plot points. Please god, let disney just kill the fucking franchise already.

Re:I feel a great disturbance in the force... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41823031)

It was as if a million comic book geeks screamed out in horror and were suddenly silenced
 
Fixed that for ya.
 
Real geeks hate Star Wars.

Joss Whedon's Star Wars (5, Interesting)

Sez Zero (586611) | about 2 years ago | (#41822635)

Disney/Marvel have Joss Whedon under contract through 2015. Just sayin'.

Re:Joss Whedon's Star Wars (4, Interesting)

morcego (260031) | about 2 years ago | (#41822725)

You know, if Joss Whedon takes over writing AND directing, it might actually work.

Really ? (4, Funny)

Ziest (143204) | about 2 years ago | (#41822637)

Can't wait for "Star Wars on Ice"

Re:Really ? (3)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 years ago | (#41822867)

Seems like a great opportunity for yet-another-rehash of the battle of hoth.

Re:Really ? (1)

dgatwood (11270) | about 2 years ago | (#41822993)

Can't wait for "Star Wars on Ice"

I hear it stinks on ice.

Episode V (5, Insightful)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about 2 years ago | (#41822641)

He passed on the role of director to Irvin Kershner for the second film. He should have never returned to directing. Or casting. Or screenwriting.

ILM/PIXAR/DISNEY (4, Informative)

Holi (250190) | about 2 years ago | (#41822643)

Seems fitting as Disney has already picked up a few of the older ILM guys when they acquired Pixar.

Re:ILM/PIXAR/DISNEY (1, Informative)

Holi (250190) | about 2 years ago | (#41822933)

Sorry ILM should be Lucas Film. DUH

Remember Pixar was a part of Lucas Films, and they now are for all intents and purposes Disney's animation group. I'm just saying this could be a good thing. Hell it's not like they can shit on the brand anymore then Lucas did with the Phantom Menace.

Because it worked so well before (4, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#41822645)

Disney's acquisition of Pixar, Marvel, and the Muppets just worked out so well before. Although, they could hardly do worse than Lucas has.

Re:Because it worked so well before (2)

Squiddie (1942230) | about 2 years ago | (#41822775)

They will manage somehow.

Re:Because it worked so well before (4, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 years ago | (#41822907)

Your post reads as intensely sardonic and sarcastic, but I've seen only one failing from post-disney pixar(cars 2), and the marvel productions have been pretty good. Am I misreading sarcasm?

Re:Because it worked so well before (5, Informative)

DontScotty (978874) | about 2 years ago | (#41822995)

Yeah - Marvel was SUCH a bad buy for Disney, and horrible for Marvel...

5/7/2010 Disney Iron Man 2 $128,122,480
5/4/2012 Disney Marvel's The Avengers $207,438,708

Re:Because it worked so well before (4, Interesting)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 2 years ago | (#41823041)

Pixar bought Disney, not the other way around. Steve Jobs' estate is the single largest Disney shareholder which he acquired by 'selling' Pixar.

Noooo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822649)

eom

Oh $deity... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822655)

Please tell me it's the Slashdot version of a Halloween prank!

Fist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822659)

Am first

Joy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822661)

You ever get that feeling where your brain breaks? On one hand finding Star Wars beyond George Lucas' ability to rape for profit overjoys me. On the other hand, Disney, the company known solely for overrunning intellectual property into the stone age is taking over.

No. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822663)

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

The money machine lives on (1)

java_dev (894898) | about 2 years ago | (#41822665)

What's your bet that the next movie will suck even more than the last three?

Re:The money machine lives on (0)

gmuslera (3436) | about 2 years ago | (#41822831)

You are looking at the half empty glass. Now the last 3 will become cult classic too. At least they didnt had singing lighsabers.

Pixar + ILM (5, Interesting)

ScentCone (795499) | about 2 years ago | (#41822667)

Two shops full of the best brains working under the same virtual roof. Might be interesting. Especially if we get writing/direction from someone other than George. Love ya, George, but hopefully the only wooden acting we'll see from now on will by Woody The Cowboy.

Best hope now Mayan end of world event (5, Funny)

RichMan (8097) | about 2 years ago | (#41822669)

Ok I just flipped my opinion from "so what the Mayans are just issuing a calendar for the next year" to "oh noos signs of the apocalypse".

April fools? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822671)

Either he's gotten over himself or this is an early april fools joke. I can't imagine GL giving up his crown jewel and letting others play in his sandbox. I also can't imagine that 7 would be in any way worse than 1,2,and 3 and I think I'm cautiously optimistic about it. It'd be cool if they licensed the Thrawn arc for it.

This better be a joke. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822679)

Next star wars will have main characters such as Mickey mouse piloting a star destroyer and Darth Donald Duck of the sith taking out the rebels.

I sensed a great disturbance in the force, (-1, Redundant)

dgr73 (1055610) | about 2 years ago | (#41822681)

as if millions of fanboys suddenly cried out in terror...

What's the plot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822689)

Emperor is dead. Vader comes back from the Dark Side and also dies. Luke & Leia know they're siblings.

Seriously, what's the plot going to be?

Re:What's the plot? (1)

mschaffer (97223) | about 2 years ago | (#41822921)

Darth Mickey builds his Death Steam Boat and starts looking for Lucas.

Re:What's the plot? (5, Funny)

Mike Buddha (10734) | about 2 years ago | (#41822925)

Emperor is dead. Vader comes back from the Dark Side and also dies. Luke & Leia know they're siblings.

Seriously, what's the plot going to be?

Jar-Jar becomes a Jedi!

Can't get any worse than 1-3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822693)

And even if it does, it's just going from dogshit to catshit so it's no big loss

Seriously? (2, Interesting)

tpjunkie (911544) | about 2 years ago | (#41822695)

Let the wailing and gnashing of teeth begin! Then again, it couldn't be worse than episodes 1 and 2.

Re:Seriously? (5, Funny)

MrFlibbs (945469) | about 2 years ago | (#41823029)

Let the wailing and gnashing of teeth begin! Then again, it couldn't be worse than episodes 1 and 2.

Oh yeah? Picture this: Luke Skywalker's son flying off to be trained in the ways of the force by an aging Jar-Jar Binks. After stopping on the way to pick up Chewbacca's son. On Life Day.

Bet that's the scariest thought you'll have this Halloween.

Romantic dialoge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822697)

Star Wars 7, now with 75% more cardboard in your romantic scenes!

Disney will provide renewed vigor... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822699)

...to pound the franchise into the ground. They're aiming to reach the Earth's mantle.

Lucas also said (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822701)

I think I can survive on $4.5B for the rest of my life, but just barely.

Star Wars, Episode 7: The History of Life Day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822711)

This epic tale will recount the origin and development of the Life Day traditions following counless varieties of cute and fuzzy aliens.

Haha! April Fool's, right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822713)

Right? Right!? Oh god, NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Lucas also said: (4, Funny)

dreamchaser (49529) | about 2 years ago | (#41822715)

"It's not my fault!"

Personally, I have a bad feeling about this.

It's a trap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822719)

n/t

Damn (3)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | about 2 years ago | (#41822721)

If he had no other assets, Lucas is now the 91st richest man in America.

I'd sell out for that too.

April Fools Joke? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822729)

I'm sorry, but as a once-avid Star Wars fan, I find this to be a very bad joke. Episode 7? No thanks. I'd rather not have Mickey putting his filthy mitts on my Star Wars (or Marvel). Then again, I didn't want George Lucas putting his filthy mitts on my Star Wars once I saw Episode 1, so I guess it isn't much of a difference. Excuse me while I go throw up.

Re:April Fools Joke? (1)

JDG1980 (2438906) | about 2 years ago | (#41822887)

In what way has Disney actually interfered with Marvel? I haven't noticed any substantive difference in the storylines. It was grim-and-gritty heroes fighting heroes in annual story arcs that will "change everything" before the acquisition, and it still is.

What could possibly... (1)

Bungleman (955072) | about 2 years ago | (#41822733)

Obligatory: what could possibly go wrong? Surely they can't do worse than the first three episodes (heh), but I'm not holding my breath. My poor childhood memories... a dead horse that's constantly being beaten. Yeah, I know that the horse spits out dollars with each hit, but please stop hitting it... please.

Re:What could possibly... (1)

Mike Buddha (10734) | about 2 years ago | (#41822969)

Now that Lucas isn't steering the boat, they could release the original three films unmolested.

Re:What could possibly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41823001)

Obligatory: what could possibly go wrong?

Star Wars Episode 7: Jar Jar Binks The Musical

Near-bankrupt? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822741)

Wasn't Disney near-bankrupt because of the rampant piracy on the Internet? And then Lucasfilm (Star Wars franchise is only a part of that, but in general it's mostly IP) being worth $4B in 2012 dollars? Who would have guessed...

The original were mediocre children's movies (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822753)

So were the prequels, just for a different generation of children.

And now a new set of children can enjoy the next batch

Face it, the originals were decent, had some good effects but should hardly be remembered at all 35 years later.

Could be worse.. (5, Insightful)

spiffmastercow (1001386) | about 2 years ago | (#41822755)

At least Lucas won't be in charge anymore.

Don't care now, won't care then (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822761)

I won't even dignify this announcement by engaging rage mode. The damage is done already, there is nothing left for Disney to fuck up.

A new new hope (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822765)

Disney's on the phone right now with J.J. for a Reboot.

Dare to dream! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822773)

Star Wars/Tron crossover. Make it happen.

"Starting from -infinity, got nothing to lose" (4, Funny)

DontScotty (978874) | about 2 years ago | (#41822793)

It couldn't get any worse -

Holy Conception for Anakin?

Jedi's who are ruling the muther-phkin galaxy not realizing that one who will "bring balance to the force" would knock them down because at that time - it was out of balance - the GOOD side was winning!

And, Greedo shooting first?

These three things are a quick list to explain why an infant in a diaper scrawling on a wall with their own excrement could form a better Star Wars narrative than Lucas.

Care I not (3, Funny)

paiute (550198) | about 2 years ago | (#41822807)

There is no try - there is only yawn.

Big No! (1)

Linsaran (728833) | about 2 years ago | (#41822811)

This [youtube.com] is all I have to say on the subject of more Star Wars films.

Irony (5, Interesting)

Dan East (318230) | about 2 years ago | (#41822827)

Back in 1979 Disney produced a film called "The Black Hole". As a 10 year old I actually really liked the movie when I saw it back in the early 80s (on the newly-created Disney Channel of course), but it was considered one of Disney's biggest movie flops. It was pretty much a blatant rip-off of Star Wars, and was certainly an attempt to try and cash in on the huge popularity of Star Wars. The film had all the basic pieces - spaceships, laser guns, "ESP" kind of extrasensory stuff going on (aka The Force), and of course Robots.

So now, 33 years later, it looks like Disney finally got the real thing. The actual Star Wars franchise.

On a different note, I can't help but wonder if Lucas is in poor health. He always hated Hollywood, and despised studios having any control over his creative process. So for him to sell his own film company, which he built from scratch, to a major studio goes against everything he's said and done for decades.

Could they do worse? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822835)

Could Disney do worse than the dreck that was episodes 1 to 3?

Han Shoots First...Again? (2)

mschaffer (97223) | about 2 years ago | (#41822843)

What if...
Disney would fix the crap Lucas changed in the first movies back to they way they were and re-made Episodes I to III (especially getting rid of the crap acting by the two young Anakin Skywalker actors).
Then, maybe, I would see Episode VII.

Unexpected this is (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822847)

I would have thought that /. would be overjoyed at this for all the bitching about how Lucas ruined Star Wars.

How about... (2)

arctus (2753027) | about 2 years ago | (#41822851)

a re-imagining of the first three episodes (most recently made movies) that still haunt my every thought of a galaxy far away...

As disturbing as it is to think what could happen to the franchise, its far less disturbing knowing that jaded old Mr. Lucas wont be behind it. Episodes I-III were a mockery of film making and I really have to agree with Plinkett [redlettermedia.com] .

Thinking about it, I'm not even sure who I would trust to continue or re-imagine the series...maybe Peter Jackson?

Disney??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822857)

What next? A sound track by Phil Collins?

FTA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822883)

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The discussion will be available via replay on the Disney Investor Relations website through November 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM EST/2:00 PM PST.

i don't understand YOU PEOPLE and your reaction (0)

ClintJCL (264898) | about 2 years ago | (#41822891)

You hate it when Lucas made the original trilogy - the idea being that he sucks at making movies.

So they have someone else making episode 7, and you still hate it.

I understand that the issue is more complex than I'm painting it, but: I see those 2 positions as being a bit self-contradictory.

If you like something, you generally want more. At least if it's good. The fact that it's NOT Lucas should make this promising.

this is my subject (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822903)

and here is my comment:

a sigh of "thank fuck" is breathed throughout the galaxy, but what can you do with an episode 7 that hasn't been already done in the myriad of books, comics, tv shows, etc? lucas has made pretty much the entirety of star wars toxic to me with those insipid changes and infecting others with this nonsensical bullshit.

Lucas finally got his break into Hollywood (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822929)

And he still won't get an Oscar.

But... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822935)

Maybe Disney can finally release the Blu ray version of the original trilogy? Getting Star Wars away from Lucas is a good thing. Now we just have to see if Disney is a good or bad thing - I'm hoping for good.

Possibility of original edition Blu-rays? (5, Interesting)

JDG1980 (2438906) | about 2 years ago | (#41822949)

So does this mean we might finally get high-definition releases of the original Star Wars films without all of Lucas's later alterations?

It's a trap! (1)

Tristao (2562287) | about 2 years ago | (#41822955)

Oh, Ackbar you old fool, now IS the time to strike (a deal).

Mickey Mouse and Luke Skywalker... (4, Insightful)

N0Man74 (1620447) | about 2 years ago | (#41822961)

Mickey Mouse and Luke Skywalker will both never leave copyright now. Ever.

Copyright (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41822967)

I think the biggest problem with Disney getting their hands on Star Wars is the copyright issue. Lucas Film has always been really good about letting people parody Star Wars. There have been endless books, spoofs, homages and fan creations based around Star Wars. Disney is notorious for being dicks about, well everything, but definitely about copyright. If they take over Star Wars then I'm worried fan creations, spoofs and other expanded universe material will disappear under threat of legal action.

Not just Star Wars.. (1)

Mahldcat (1129757) | about 2 years ago | (#41822971)

If they own the rights to Lucasfilm, this would also mean they own the Indiana Jones franchise. Also read someplace where Disney would neither confirm or deny they were planning to change Tomorrowland in their theme parks. Would be interesting if they ever decided to apply a "Cars Land" style revamp to Tomorrowland.

:p (1)

Type44Q (1233630) | about 2 years ago | (#41822987)

I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.

So you sold it to them?! Let me guess: Miley Cyrus will be playing a lead role... :p

THRAWN! (5, Interesting)

raaum (152451) | about 2 years ago | (#41822997)

Now that he's selling it, who cares what his original "vision" was for episodes 7 and beyond? Grand Admiral Thrawn is the obvious direction to take.

Best news ever! (1)

MikeMo (521697) | about 2 years ago | (#41823017)

Disney is able to produce great movies, like the first "Pirates of the Caribbean", "The Avengers", and others. Any Star Wars movie without Mr. Lucas involved has to be greeted with great hope!

I only have one thing to say (1)

SuperMooCow (2739821) | about 2 years ago | (#41823019)

Kingdom Hearts [wikipedia.org] .

On the other hand, I can't wait to see a Mickey Mouse jedi fight off with a Donald Duck sith lord.

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