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Disney Buys LucasFilm, Sets Star Wars Ep. 7 for 2015. THIS IS NOT AN ONION HEADLINE

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 30, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 30, 2012 |

Oh, for f*cks sake.

Disney announced on Tuesday that he had purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in cast and stock shares. In conjunction with the news, Disney also revealed that plans for a seventh “Star Wars” film, “Star Wars: Episode VII,” are in motion with eyes on theatrical release in 2015.

“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,” Lucas, who directed four of the six “Star Wars” films, said in a statement. “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.”

Congratulations, Lucas! You’ve figured out the one way to make us hate you more.

Steven Lloyd Wilson’s thoughts:

My childhood just orgasmed.

Then I remembered the prequels and saw that Disney is in charge of this and the cynicism reformed like the T-1000.

But the joy is still there buried underneath the years and goddamned if I won’t be there on opening day.


Best Episode 7 title? Go:

I’ll start: Star Wars Episode 7: Jar Jar and the Seven Dwarfs.

(Source: Associated Press, WSJ)

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