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

Published 1 year 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. WOW… just WOW…
    And forgive me for mentioning stuff out of place, but now I expect to see the world of Marvel and Star Wars in the future sequels of Kingdom Hearts XD

    • I was thinking the same thing. Kingdom Hearts 3 may have something.

  2. Hope Disney can deliver a better product than the Star Wars prequels, I’ve liked their work with Avengers thus far.

  3. I still can’t believe that George gave up his cash cow. I sense a conspiracy…

    • And for a measly 2 billion in cash and another 2 billion in stocks. How will he afford to eat?

    • I sense a terminal illness. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

  4. Mind. Blown.

  5. Please dont write new stories yet. go off the books that are already out like the Heir to the Empire Trilogy

    • Nah Lucas has a thing that none of the books, comics etc are canon. Kinda the same thing with Star Trek. Rule of thumb if Lucas didn’t scribble it down it’s not canon. Other people made the expanded universe not Lucas. Only thing Lucas had a hand in was Force Unleashed but it’s still not canon.

      Just expect an original story, the novels etc are too niche.

      • actualy lucas himself stated it was canonical
        … wait live action tv show bridging the gap between the two trilogies?
        dare i ask … could starkiller be in it?

        • or they could go back in time and show the Darth Bane trilogy. that would be epic to see

      • That would be an awesome movie so would the sequel!

  6. Pretty stoked about this. Get new writers and directors and it should be golden. I’ve always thought the Thrawn trilogy would be great but if they do that they’ll have to re cast the main characters. There is no way Harrison Ford can do a five year older Han Solo. Fisher seems to be a wreck and Hamill looks nothing like the Luke we all loved.

  7. Jesus, I can’t believe I’m even reading this, but at least us fans will get the following movies. I can only hope that George dishes the original concepts to Kathleen Kennedy before things get crazy with Disney.

    As others have said, you really can’t help but fear another Pirates of the Caribbean (anything after 1) and their incredibly redundant comedy devices, one liners and general stupidity. I’m imagining a Jedi accidentally deflecting a blaster bolt into C-3PO’s a$$…..you get my drift.

    Another thing, Disney had better keep the environments very much the same as before. Hopefully, they don’t pass time 100 years into the future or something ridiculous. Hopefully, it’s 20-30 years later and features ORIGINAL ACTORS! Would be great to see Jedi Master Luke tutoring a younger group. My god would that be incredible, I never thought I’d ever get a chance to see that. Even Carri Fisher is losing weight! (thanks Jenny Craig har har)

    George corrupted his franchise by making all the prequel environments looks 100 X into the future and not bridging the gap successfully. Let’s hope Disney eschews the contrived CGI crap for a more realistic and grounded approach like George started with. George was the original master, he made a space movie feel real, rusted, broken down, you COULD feel the Force!

    May the Force be with you Disney, God I hope you get it right….

  8. This is the day Star Wars dies in my eyes. Disney will not progress this franchise properly and it will be ruined as Disney makes a mockery out of it to make money. Truly a sad day for die-hard Star Wars fans such as myself. I would have felt much better about this if it was any other company aside from Disney. Awful news! Just awful rotten news!

    • If progressing the franchise properly is the qualification for Star Wars’ death, then it’s been dead since Episode I began filming…

    • Ya thats what they said about Marvel but its just fine

  9. Anybody else suddenly picture a hooded and cloaked Darth Mickey Mouse cackling “Everything is transpiring as I have forseen…”

  10. Personally, i dont get why star wars fans are like “A great disturbance in the Force…”.Lest we forget, It was Lucas who gave us Jar Jar Binks & after the prequels, Disney seems like the lesser evil

    • Yes. I would find the news much more disturbing if Lucas hadn’t already messed up the series himself.

  11. Let’s get this out of the way now…..Nathan Fillion for Han Solo.:-)

    • you know what untill you said that i was about to say “screw a star wars sequel theres now way they could replace Luke or Han”
      but now …i have no objections …Dinsey BRING IT ON!{as long as you cast Nathan Filion }

    • Heck, lets get it all out of the way. Fillion for Han, Idris Elba for Darth Vader, Michael Fassbender for Luke, Christopher Nolan directing and Joss Whedon producing. (Feel free to swap the last 2)

      • How about Xavier for Luke since he is short and doesn’t look like a baddie like Fassy :}

        • Fassbender for a young Grand Mof Tarkin.

      • I like the way you think! My first thought when I heard about this was let the head of Marvel, Kevin Feige, also oversee the Star Wars franchise without delay get Joss Whedon involved in some capacity and I’d bet good money he already is. A business deal of this epic magnitude doesn’t happen overnight(How they kept it a secret is beyond me) and I would love to read the entirety of Whedon’s exclusivity contract to see if this deal was a factor in him signing it.
        And if Star Trek can bring in new actors to play the iconic characters of that franchise and do a surprisingly good job at it then there is no excuse that the Star Wars franchise couldn’t do the same.
        As for the story, I think that the majority of people who have read Timothy Zahn’s “The Thrawn Trilogy” would agree that it should at least be considered as source material.
        Who knows. Maybe Disney just made the deal so they could have thousands of Ewoks and Jar-Jar Binks rampaging through their theme parks bringing the apocalypse just a little bit closer to a reality.

  12. Mixed feelings…

  13. Get Drew Karpyshyn to write it. He did most of the work for the KOTOR/Jade Empire games and wrote three Darth Bane pieces. The guy knows this universe. Just don’t impose too much restriction on him. We saw how diluted he became at Bioware.

    Take a chance. It worked with Joss Whedon.

  14. First off… people who`ve suggested Nolan.. no, just stop it, no.
    Secondly Disney wouldn’t be dumb enough to attempt a reboot, either ot or prequels. You would have an army of enraged fans descending upon Disney land if they even tried it.
    I dont get why people are so outraged or dreading this. I`m a lifelong fan, I`ve read countless eu novels, hell I even used to build my own lightsaber replicas as a kid and I`m super excited and happy especially that its Disney. Also being a huge comic book fan, I love what Disney has done with Marvel, and I think they`ll do the same W/Lucasfilm. Plus I mean its not like Lucas himself has done much justice to the story, come on have we all forgotten Jar Jar Binks? and the horrible cringing script of the prequels? I say … hand it over to Joss Whedon, I`d also say give give JJ Abrams a shot as well but it`d be an odd conflict of interest with Abrams since he`s doing Star Trek.

  15. Best news ever, and a complete surprise. I’m super excited though, I mean, Star Wars Episode VII? xD As long as they don’t make it a prequel… This is my one request. This also means that 2015 will be a huge year for movies. Think about it, we’ve got Avengers 2, Justice League, and now even Star Wars? It’s gonna be great.

  16. On a side note … As far as story line, No way it`ll be Thrawn, and I`ll tell you why… Dont get me wrong the Thrawn trilogy is compelling but it lacks alot of Jedi/Sith conflict aside from Joruus C’baoth and Mara Jade but its just not that interesting. Thrawn would have some epic space battles etc but I think if they do use any material from it the EU it`ll be the Dark Empire story. I could see Thrawn maybe being made into episode one and setting it up for Dark Empire. Its a better choice of story, with Palpatine returning, Luke trying to conquer the dark side and turning briefly and the Palpatine clone has tie in to the prequels as well.

  17. Does this mean Disney also has control of Industrial Light & Magic. Mr. Lucas in house effects company that has provided special effects for A lot of movies. And say they don’t want Warner Brothers haveing access to ILM.

    • I was thinking about as well. I don’t think Disney will forbid ILM from working with competitors but it’s going stick in their craw having to pay Disney for their special effects.

  18. Why…oh why?! Am I the only person in the world that thoroughly ENJOYED Tron:Legacy? It wasn’t the greatest film ever but what exactly was it missing? I just don’t understand it.

    • Nope, you’re not. I love it.

  19. Shocking news, but a good one I guess. Heres hoping we can finally see the old republic on the big screen from the Bioware games.

  20. Also…4 Billion? Lucas had this planned all along! Ruin his property so much that people would pay ANYTHING to get it away from him!

  21. Maybe they can recast the characters from the Original Trilogy by having a Space Miner from the future come back after the creation of Darth Vader to destroy Naboo by releasing some green matter into the core of the planet in an attempt to stop the creation of the Death Star. That way you can explain an alteration to the characters by saying that they are the new timeline and recast for a remake of the original trilogy and then just carry on after the remake of the Star Wars Christmas Special and Return of the Jedi!

    What do you mean it has been done before?

  22. It wouldn’t make sense if it’s a prequel….after all it’s titled Star Wars Episode VII not Star Wars Episode -II LOL But Star Wars Zero does sound good :)

  23. GOOD!!!! Lucas is one of the most miserable directors in Hollywood. He can never be satisfied with the films he made. Always re releasing them with “added special effects.” or “deleted scenes.” or “altering darth vader.”

    THANK GOD someone took Star Wars away from that hack.

    YES There I said it!

    • Hack? Who are you to call one of the most accomplished filmmakers in history? You obviously have no idea what u are talking about…I’d like to see what kind of treatment you have locked up somewhere…

  24. thank sweet f****** christ, i know a certain man named Billy Dee Williams who isn’t to old to come back!! YEEEEHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

  25. are they still gonna release star wars 2 and 3 in 3d next sep and oct 2013 ?

    • Now they can release exclusive trailers for new movies with the 3D versions, and actually draw an audience. Not me, but….

  26. The biggest, most surprising movie news I have ever heard. I honestly thought that Stars Wars movies were out of the question at least until George Lucas died. The best news I could hope for. 2015 will be a killer year, Avengers 2, Avatar 2, Justice League, and now Star Wars. speechless.

  27. After recovering from the initial shock of this news, the first thing that came to mind was the possibility we just might get new remastered and anamorphic DVD/Blu-Ray releases of the original Trilogy’s theatrical versions… how about it Ms Kennedy?

    Other than that, I don’t know if I want ANOTHER ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, George Lucas should have merely written the story outline treatments for the prequels, handing them over to someone like Frank Darabont to both write the screenplays and shepherd them to the screen, with Lucas remaining only as creative consultant… and ‘Star Wars’ put to bed after that trilogy wraps.

    All that being said, the thought of a brand new trilogy is an undeniably exciting prospect, it will be fascinating to see both who is signed up to direct and what the actual storyline will be, consider me VERY interested and pretty excited overall… now how about those OT theatrical versions again?

  28. I just woke up from the strangest dream, Disney had just bought Lucasfilm. I was all sweaty and confused…oh wait.

  29. I personally was ecstatic to hear this news, because I thought StarWars was finished at least until George Lucas sold it or died and left it to his kids. Also, some fresh ideas and minds is exactly what the franchise needed. Yes, GL made a few changes that he maybe shouldn’t have, but who’s to say that? Star Wars came out 20-30 years ahead of it’s time. The technology to express some of these ridiculous ideas hadnt been invented yet…but HE invented the technology that all the other directors use in todays films…He deserves the respect of his audience,and his fellow filmmakers. There will NEVER be another set of films that impacted world culture as SW did.

    • Well said Sir. It has become far to easy to bash George Lucas, he did far more good then bad.

      • Lucas was smart and surrounded himself with great talent. Kinda why Knights of the. old Republic, The Old Republic and the Thrawn Trilogy are w/o doubt vastly superior to the prequels, who Lucas took the most active role in creating.