Star Wars: Episode 7 coming in 2015 as George Lucas sells Lucasfilm to Disney
In what can only be described as “out of nowhere” or “completely shocking”, George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm and subsequently, the rights to his prized Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchise to Disney for a whopping $2 billion in cash and another $2 billion worth of stock. Keep in mind that Lucas is the sole owner of Lucasfilm, so that $2 billion is now his in cash. The sale of Lucasfilm is shocking enough considering how obsessively anal George Lucas is with his properties, but perhaps what’s more surprising is that Disney has already announced that STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 will be coming in 2015 with plans to release a new film every two years for the foreseeable future. Although this clearly sounds like an April Fool’s joke, let me remind you that it’s October and that this is really happening (for better or worse).
Regarding the sale, George Lucas 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.” While speaking about the planned sequels, Disney CEO Bob Iger said “The film is in what I’ll call early-stage development right now”. (CNN, Deadline, NY Times) An editorial is coming soon.
Read our Star Wars movie reviews by clicking the links: STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE, STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES, STAR WARS: EPISODE III – REVENGE OF THE SITH, STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE, STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI