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Disney acquires Lucasfilm and announces Star Wars: Episode 7
Lucasfilm and its subsidiaries including the gaming division LucasArts have been bought up by The Walt Disney Company in a deal valued at $4.05 billion. That's a staggering £2.5 billion.
"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," George Lucas said in the announcement. "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."
All Lucas employees including LucasArts are to stay in their current places of work, and all current projects in development are to continue for the time being.
Disney control will see the release of a new trilogy starting with Star Wars: Episode 7, which is currently pencilled in for a 2015 release. The director of the new film is yet to be named.
Disney CEO Robert Iger spoke at an investor's call: "We're likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console. We'll look opportunistically at console, most likely in licensing rather than publishing, but we think that given the nature of these characters and how well known they are, and the storytelling, that they lend themselves quite nicely, as they've already demonstrated to the other platforms."
So what could this mean for the future of the LucasArts and their killer franchises? Will there be another Monkey Island? Will we ever see Star Wars 1313?
We personally like the idea of what Kingdom Hearts 3 could now bring. As well as the worlds they've already created with the Disney characters, imagine Sora and chums mixing with the characters of Star Wars, Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and more. After Disney's acquisition of Marvel a few years ago, there could even be some super heroes thrown into the mix.