‘Star Wars 7′ To Hit Theaters in 2015; Disney Buys Lucasfilm [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

disney lucasfilm star wars 7 Star Wars 7 To Hit Theaters in 2015; Disney Buys Lucasfilm [Updated]

Yes, you read that headline correctly (and no, this is not some sort of elaborate hoax… we think). Walt Disney Pictures is, in fact, acquiring Lucasfilm in a deal valued at just over $4 billion. That means the Mouse House now controls the future of the Star Wars franchise – which means that more live-action films are indeed on the way, with a Star Wars 7 tentatively set to hit theaters sometime in 2015.

Scroll on down for additional information about the deal, along with the official statement from Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger – as well as the creator of the Star Wars universe (and head of Lucasfilm) George Lucas.

Earlier this year, Lucas announced his intention to leave his days of blockbuster filmmaking behind him. However, few (if anyone) could’ve predicted that meant selling the powerhouse studio he founded – not to mention, the rights to the game-changing sci-fi franchise he engineered – to Disney, a company that now owns three of the most lucrative creative bodies out there: Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, and now Lucasfilm. Here, as promised, are the official statements on the matter:

“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 Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”

“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. “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.”

Kennedy, of course, has led an illustrious career producing the collective works of director Steven Spielberg, as well as such famous titles as the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Twister, The Sixth Sense, and countless other money-raking tentpole projects. She will executive produce the seventh Star Wars movie, which Lucas is slated to serve as a creative consultant on. Expect to learn much more about the project over the forthcoming weeks, as the tentative 2015 release date indicates that early development (perhaps even pre-production) is well-underway.

Suffice it to say: this is a MASSIVE development, as far as the future of the Star Wars franchise is concerned. Where the film series will go from here, who will step in to write and direct future installments, how much they will (or won’t) deviate from the style of Lucas’ much-derided prequels – as well as countless books/video game spinoffs released over the past couple decades – has yet to be revealed.

Moreover, one has to wonder: now that Disney owns the franchise, what does this mean for the long-gestating live-action Star Wars television show that was going to bridge the gap between the first two film trilogies (before this unexpected turn of events, that is)? That was viewed as a potential change-in-direction for the property, moving it towards more-adult territory beyond where the prequels or the ongoing animated Clone Wars TV series have ventured. However, now that Disney owns the rights, will that theoretical vision for a Star Wars live-action show ever see the light of day?

UPDATE: During a conference call following this big announcement (via Coming Soon), Disney revealed plans for a new Star Wars trilogy beginning in 2015, with subsequent installments arriving in 2-3 year intervals thereafter. Deadline has also mentioned that the studio is exploring the possibility of a new animated Star Wars TV series for its Disney XD channel. However, even though Disney does now have partial ownership of the Indiana Jones franchise, Paramount’s claim on the property complicates the situation – which is why the Mouse House is prioritizing expansion of the Star Wars universe over producing more ‘Indy products.’

One thing’s for certain: you’d best start preparing to worship our Disney-overlords, as the Mouse House is seemingly determined to takeover the entire entertainment industry, piece by piece…

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  1. To quote the saga: “I have a bad feeling about this…”

    • To quote Han Solo “I have a bad feeling about this”

    • Hey, they’ve done well staying out of the way with Pixar and Marvel… let’s just hope they do the same with Lucasfilm. After the prequel trilogy, I’m ready for a change. Also, it means more Star Wars movies!

      • Have they really done well with Pixar? I feel like the recent Finding Nemo 2, and Monster’s university might have been a little pushed. I don’t feel like the Pixar folks would make those on their own. TS3 on the other hand, I don’t even care, it was perfect.

      • hell’s yeah – i’m excited!

  2. I think the Mayan chief just popped the bottle of victory champagne.

    • Hahahahahahahahahah

  3. So Lucasfilm is only worth 4 Instagrams. That saddens me.. Greatly.. :P

  4. Disney is so f***ing evil, it’s not even funny anymore.

    CASH GRAB. That’s what this is. The canon will be wrong, the movies will be far too campy in that annoying Disney style, and we’ll basically have another stupid f***ing Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

    Everyone involved with Disney needs to self immolate.

    /end fanboy venting

    • What do you say about the avengers then? Disney did an incredible job with that franchise and movies around it. As long as they get a film maker with the same kind of passion you have then I’m incredibly excited for this move

    • Every single one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies was a top seller and fans loved them. Who are you to say otherwise? Wait….Ted Turner is that you?!

  5. Get Bay to direct and Wahlberg to star. Could be a hit imo

    • +1

      • +1

    • + 1

    • - 1. Wait does it work that way here?..

  6. In this case, change can only be good

  7. Disney couldn’t screw things up half as much as Lucas himself did. Perhaps we will see some movies that focus on stories Could you see a Pixar/Lucasfilm crossover movie. ie Pixar’s storytelling in the StarWars Universe?

    • George Lucas is the single greatest threat to Star Wars lol. Nobody could mess up Star Wars as bad as he did with those three prequels

      • Yet he’s the guy who created Star Wars.
        The paradox confuses me…

    • You are missing the biggest picture of ALL…….Marvel/Star Wars crossovers! O.o

      • Wow. The best thought ever. Would be both cool and stupid.

      • Wow. The best thought ever. Has both cool and, sadly, stupid potential

      • Lol, don’t tease…

  8. Hey…Well, Bring It On.

  9. Hey now this could be ok I mean imagine Star Wars being helmed by somebody like Joss that could be a fun time

  10. Honestly I don’t think this is bad news…let someone else interpret the material for a change, could it be worse than episode I,II and III?

    • I grew up on episodes 1, 2, & 3 so I don’t hate them all that much, I’m not gonna argue with anybody the original trilogy is a thousand times better but I like the entire trilogy to be honest, don’t get me wrong I know Lucas was milking the golden series I could easily tell. But hey I’m always interested in whatever kind of change could happen, maybe the new director can bring something new and special to the classic trilogy

  11. Well, Lucas won’t direct, that’s a good thing!!!

  12. I predict beheadings at Fox, really what where they thinking ? And Lucas selling Star Wars…yeah can’t get my head around it.

    Lets face it, it can’t be Star Wars 7, it’s just not possible, expect a Clone Wars movie or a Knights of the old Republic movie. They can’t continue Star Wars technically.

    • yes it can, read the novels. There’s so much source material out there, they could make countless movies.

      • I couldn’t agree with you more Stark.
        It’s crazy how many so-called Star Wars fans out there haven’t ever read one of the novels.
        There’s a LOT that can be done with this franchise and it doesn’t even have to be about the Skywalkers… like you said, there’s so much source material, the amount of movies is pretty much endless.

        • Agreed – the source material is so rich that even if they did a SW7 set in the decades after the fall of the Empire, they could have do multiple trilogies and not even have the Skywalkers mentioned much less featured. That would be my preference anyway — all new characters to develop and work with.

          And think of the directing talent that would not only (most likely) be hyped to work on a SW film, but could add so much to the franchise.

          Just no Snyder.

          • lol Whats wrong with Snyder

      • The only reason I’m commenting in this thread is [was] to make the statement you just made.
        This is good news. Especially with a fresh set of eyes producing and directing, they could do very well with the franchise.
        – This is Random Internet Guy, and I approve this message.

    • Knights of the Old Republic would be an excellent idea. The original trilogy has been mucked enough courtesy of re-releases and the prequel, KotOR would be a great move.

    • The Thrawn Trilogy (the events after Return of the Jedi) could be a great series. Those books are probably the best of all the Star Wars novels.

      • I agree with that 100%.

    • Guess since they won’t sell them those Marvel properties back they decided to take something else of value from them….

  13. S**t Disney is banking money off this and marvel. I wonder if they used the avenger money to make this buy lol jk hahaha

    Bold move but idk how I feel about a seventh film. Six was the saga. It closed everything out for me. Not sure bout Thai film but ill wait for more news before I speculate too much.

    So that means in 2015 we get te avengers 2
    Justice league and a new Star Wars movie. I hope it turns out good.

  14. My heart beat like crazy. O____O

  15. Ah, the third trilogy that George Lucas was talking about before Phantom Menace was released. I knew it would eventually happen, not sure why people are surprised or shocked.

  16. This is excellent news for any and every star wars fan alive. I’m not crazy about Disney, BUT if they do it right like they are doing with Marvel, we are in for some awesome years ahead!

  17. It’s prolly best thing that has ever happened to Star Wars now that it is out of Lucas’s greasy hands. I’m till nervous with Lucas hired as creative consultant because well he basically sucks. Star Wars is at its best form when Lucas is least involved.

  18. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !!!!

  19. funny, i was just thinking about the possibility of a part 7 the other dsy. Disney will be better at making movies than lucas anyway. it will be interesting though to see who is the villain. and will disney push the envelope of special effects hardware or play it cautiously.

    it might work. who knows. But this is sure to be the biggest news for the next 72 hrs. this is huge.

  20. What can I take away from this?

    1. George Lucas was just paid a cool $4 billion. With a B. I wish I were George Lucas.

    2. My heart is broken. Star Wars was like a religion to me as a child. I really, really, really loved Luke Skywalker. The 3 prequels took away a part of my childhood. I have no doubt that Episode 7 will kill what was left.

    They should have just let the series die after Return of the Jedi. Why doesn’t Hollywood know when to stop? Police Academy 6. Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. They never stop until they have completely ruined a franchise.

    • I couldn’t agree more. Truly saddened.

      • So don’t go see any of the new movies. Problem solved.

    • What if Hollywood stopped after Raiders or A New Hope?
      Sure, there’s been some crappy sequels in Hollywood, but if they just stopped, then we’d never have gotten The last Crusade or Empire Strikes Back.
      We may never have gotten TDK & TDKR or LotR 2 & 3 or even The Avengers if Hollywood just stopped.

      Give it a chance man. If the trailers look like crap, you don’t have to watch it, but you never know, this could be your childhood coming back to life!

      • If Lucas stopped at A New Hope he would have contiuned making other movies and went down as one of the greatest directors in history. He has only directed 6 films and four of them are Star Wars. His first two movies THX 1138 and American Grafitti are classics and show the talent he is capabale of.

        The world would not be the same as it is todayw/o Star Wars but George Lucas would have been a much better, more accomplished and more respected director had he moved on after A New Hope or put the trilogy to rest after Return of The Jedi.

  21. Does this mean they own Indiana Jones too ?

    • Great question. I would think so!

    • Partially. Paramount owns some of the Indy pie as well.

  22. In this case change can only bring good things to Star Wars. Thank goodness for this move. Disney worked wonders for Marvels franchises. George certainly didn’t do Star Wars any favors over the last decade I have great respect or his decision to pass it on to someone who can look after it.

  23. This has the be the biggest movie news story of the year

  24. I hope Disney still lets Fox distribute it like they do with Marvel and Paramount. My whole mood will be killed if I go into a Star Wars movie and that gay castle is the first thing I see.

    • I doubt that very much and yeah totally agree, the Fox logo followed by Lucasfilm is iconic. No drum roll ? No thanks.

    • Disney Distributes the films the logo is just there as part of a contract that I think will no longer be in effect post Iron Man 3. I doubt the castle will ever appear and just jump to Marvel or Lucasfilms logos.

  25. What just happened?? I blacked out…

  26. So yeah, the world can now end. I really cannot believe that Lucas would would betray the universe that he created. Just for yet more Billions of dollars. I mean he already has billions right? But alas that is the world we live in Marvel, Pixar, now Star Wars all owned by the control freak House of Mouse. Again the World Can Now End!

    • Lol. I’m pretty sure he betrayed Star Wars when he re-released a thousand different versions of the original, or when he released the prequels unto the world w/o warning they sucked.

  27. Maybe now we can get a re-release of the original films before special editions.

    • +1 Han shot first, dammit!

    • Yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!

  28. I knew the next trilogy would happen sometime.

  29. Bullcrap

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