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Disney to acquire Lucasfilms!

Disney to acquire LucasFilms.

First Disney snagged up Marvel comics and now the Force is with them! Someone draw Mickey with a lightsaber quick!!!

According to this article on Disney’s website, “Bob Iger just announced that The Walt Disney Company is acquiring Lucasfilm – the global entertainment company founded by George Lucas and the home of the legendary Star Wars franchise. In addition to getting the rights to one of the greatest family franchises and epic stories of all time, Disney is also acquiring all of Lucasfilm’s operating businesses – including Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound.”

Wow!!! The hits keep coming!! What impact will this have on things! Love to get reactions from our readers! Post in comments!

See full article here.

11 Comments

  1. Russ

    Please see my latest cartoon on this topic!
    Thank you.

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  2. John

    I was a bit surprised yesterday when I heard the news. However, after sleeping on it I’m thinking that it’s going to be a great thing for the franchise. More movies! Marvel and Pixar seem to be doing just fine since Disney bought them. Besides, with GL still operating as a creative consultant and fresh directors coming in, expectations will soar. I like the dear in the headlights look in GL’s eyes in that photo. :) $4 Billion dollar retirement check. Nice!

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    • WilsonWJr

      I’m very curious to see John if they hold on to the lore that has been created after the last movie. Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie’s stories have continued beyond the movies in books and whatnot. Much of which is considered canon and approved by Lucas. I imagine the movies will be dealing more with the kids and stuff. I wonder if all that stuff will stick around or if it will be wiped out. I guess we’ll see.

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  3. Ryan Nore

    Yeah, I watched an interview with George Lucas about the merger I wasn’t convinced that it was really what he wanted. At any rate, I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing more Star Wars movies, but I am skeptical as to whether or not Disney is able to uphold the quality of entertainment.

    I mean, episodes 1-3 were too borderline “cheesy” for me… I understood that they wanted to make them available to a larger audience than episodes 4-6 but there was a bit too much slap stick and less dialogue than the original movies.

    So, I am afraid that Disney is going to push it mainly towards children and lose what made the Star Wars saga what it is today… of course I say all of this without having watched any of the latest Clone Wars TV series episodes…

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    • WilsonWJr

      Thanks Ryan! Did you not like any of the superhero movies that have come out recently under the Disney owned Marvel banner Ryan? The Hulk, Capt. America, Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers??

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      • Ryan Nore

        I did not really like Thor (it was OK), didn’t watch Captain America, the second Iron Man film was a bit of a disappointment having liked the first so much… Having now had 3 different Bruce Banners seems a bit… “off” to say the least… I did like Avengers. However, that’s the catch isn’t it.? All those movies are still being produced under the Marvel Studios label and therefore do not have to be so geared towards children. If they intend to keep releasing Star Wars media under the Lucasfilms brand, or in the worst case Buena Vista, then there stands a chance that the Star Wars films to come follow the traditional quality. However, my fear is closer related to Pirates of the Caribbean which is also Buena Vista distributed but Disney produced and quite frankly have been circling the bowl far too long yet part five may be in the making still.

        You asked about all of these super hero movies… most of them have only released one, two at the most, and the problem is not getting lazy and simply throwing any old thing on the screen just to hopefully ride the die hard fan base. Disney does it way too often with these sequential films. The first is a hit and then by the third or fourth the quality of dialogue and atmosphere of the cinematography is comparable to the average television series or TV movies… and it becomes something that is no longer something special just another mass produced product. That would be a shame if it happens to the Star Wars saga…

        In the new films… will Mark Hamill play Luke, Harrison Ford Han, and Carrie Fisher Leia…? Probably not… I’m not saying it is a bad thing completely, but it will affect the continuity. I like to periodically have Star Wars marathons… watch all six movies back to back… imagine I get done with Return of the Jedi and go to the next film and Han Solo has nothing of Harrison Ford’s natural “Scoundrel” charm or Leia’s spunkiness appears overacted and forced… It creates a rather large stutter in the continuity of the films and story. For a lot of people there is only one Han Solo… now what happens if they cast some no name, GQ actor that has no talent at all? It’s a tough one, and as I said, I would enjoy more Star Wars universe in my life but only as long as it stays true to the originals. When you see that they take the original Mickey mouse characters and do things like his:
        http://www.examiner.com/article/skinny-disney-characters-at-barney-s-electric-holiday-need-mickey-mouse-s-help

        It makes it very difficult to stay hopeful that this epic tale and its characters will not simply be commercialize and rode into the dirt.

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        • WilsonWJr

          I’m curious how they’ll handle that too. I’m not even sure what Mark Hammill looks like at this point. All I know is that he’s mostly doing voice work. (Which is not a good clue to be honest.) I do know what Harrison Ford and Carrie Fischer look like though and well…..who knows. I’m scared and anticipating things at the same time. My curiosity is peaked. I think the movies will be much more about ushering in Luke, Han and Leia’s kids than it will be about the continuing of their specific stories.

          As far as the Hollywood machine is concerned I’d say you are dead on. They tend to beat things into the ground and not hop off for the sake of good story or content. A good example is the 1-3 movies in the trilogy we are speaking of.

          I’ll try to reserve judgement, but it won’t last long past when we start getting sneak peeks and whatnot of the actual films. I’ll keep my fingers crossed though!

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  4. Michael K. Lyman

    Disney and LucasFilm have collaborated on a number of projects in the past, most notably the Star Tours attraction as well as the annual Star Wars Weekends, a month-long Star Wars-themed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, the centerpiece being the parades through the park which feature members of The 501st Legion and Rebel Legion. These two groups are fan-based organizations who have movie-accurate Star Wars costumes and participate in and organize charity and goodwill events throughout the year. The 501st Legion has over six thousand members, many with several costumes. As a member of The 501st Legion for years, and who has participated in the marches at Disney, I can tell you this buyout of LucasFilm by Disney is not entirely unexpected, but will make life more interesting, not only for the fan base but for the movie franchise as well.

    George Lucas was very supportive of The 501st Legion, which raised over eleven million dollars last year nationally (consisting of both direct and indirect contributions made in our name). Members are free to organize events for causes that interest them as long as there are no payments for appearances, and no profits are being made through the Legion. I organize an annual event for veterans called Trooping For The Troops, and members have organized and taken part in events focused on breast cancer, hydrocephalus, and sick children in hospitals, among others. LucasFilm has a close and cordial relationship with The 501st legion, and has stood up for the Legion on a number of occasions. It remains to be seen if Disney will be as tolerant. My hope is that they will understand the costuming community is a huge and very powerful, motivated base of support for the Star Wars franchise and for worthy causes, and will see it as such.

    Disney will be able to bring a great deal to the Star Wars franchise, if they are careful with this intellectual property; they have done very well with the Marvel movies such as the Avengers series. It would not surprise me if Disney added more Star Wars attractions to their theme parks to coincide with the release of the next live-action Star Wars film in 2015 (which is already in early development; LucasFilm and Disney have obviously been working on this for a while). Only time will tell how this arrangement will shape the Star Wars franchise.

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  5. Genie Chow

    Well, I guess it’s all for the better. I wondered what would happen to Lucasfilms. Hopefully even better movies will come out of this.

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