By now you’ve heard that Disney has purchsed Lucasfilm, and all its properties, for more than $4 billion. From EW’s Inside Movies:
In one of the most momentous entertainment industry acquisitions of the last 30 years, the Walt Disney Company announced on Tuesday that it is purchasing Lucasfilm in a stock and cash deal valued at $4.05 billion. The sale includes plans for Star Wars: Episode VII, which is in early development, aiming for release in 2015. Walt Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced in a shareholder conference call that the studio also intending to release Episode VIII and Episode IX. “Our longterm plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years,” he added, noting that the deal came with “an extensive and detailed treatment for the next three movies.”
Veteran producer Kathleen Kennedy, who recently became co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become the studio’s president, reporting to Disney studios chairman Alan Horn. She will executive produce the future Star Wars films, with Lucas serving as a creative consultant. In a video released by Disney (and embedded below), Lucas says he and Kennedy have already been working on future Star Wars films with unspecified writers. “We have a large group of ideas and characters and books and all kinds of things,” Lucas said. “We could go on making Star Wars for the next 100 years.”
As jokes began to fly about Mickeychlorians and Leia as a Disney princess, the reality began to settle in: There’s going to be a new ‘Star Wars’ movie in 2015, and George Lucas won’t be directing it.
And now the fun begins.
Who should — and should not — direct a new Star Wars movie for Disney?
A few shoulds off the top of my head: Bryan Singer. Brad Bird. Christopher Nolan. Joss Whedon.
A few should-nots: Brett Ratner. Michael Bay.
What sort of Star Wars do you think your chosen directors would make?
Choose carefully. As Simon Pegg noted on Twitter:
Like a besotted battered partner, are we all going to make our excuses and give it one more chance? Sure, okay, pass the arnica.
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) October 31, 2012
(Image from @theaarondouglas.)
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