In case you haven’t heard yet, the “Star Wars” franchise is moving on to the wonderful world of Disney. Yesterday, Disney announced the purchase of LucasFilm Ltd. for a mere $4.05 billion, and its plans to release “Star Wars Episode VII” in 2015.
Not much is known yet about the film as of yet, but word on the street is that it will be followed by sequels expected to hit theaters every two to three years. Seems like Disney is ready to shift “Star Wars” into full gear for a new generation. George Lucas had a few words to say about the fresh new start for the franchise.
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” he said. “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. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”
We’ve heard a lot of mixed emotions about the upcoming films. Some say, after the cheesiness that was Episodes I-III, the franchise should just quit before it’s too late. Others feel it’s a chance for “Star Wars” to redeem its heyday. As for us, well, we just have to say Disney brought us “The Avengers,” which turned out to be a pleasant – and incredibly awesome – surprise. Now would it be too much to ask if we can just give the reigns to Joss Whedon? Help us, Joss. You’re our only hope for a set of sequels done right.
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