Above Image: George Lucas poses with Disney characters dressed as Star Wars characters
I say measly because the Star Wars movies alone have profited $4.4 billion in ticket sales. That doesn't even count the toys and merchandising. Not to mention the millions in advertising dollars from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars. So, $4 billion is a bargain.
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, said in a statement, "For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see 'Star Wars' passed from one generation to the next.
"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."
Just as the Internet was reeling about that news, came even bigger news. Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive of The Walt Disney Company, tweeted about "an extensive and detailed treatment" for the next three Star Wars movies starting in 2015. After the new trilogy, they plan to make a new Star Wars movie every two or three years.
Kathleen Kennedy, current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm. George Lucas will remain a "creative consultant" on the new movies. We'll see how much influence he has.
This week's poll asks: Is this a good thing?
Via Huffington Post
Do you Think Disney Buying Lucas Film Will Be Good Or Bad For Star Wars? Are you looking forward to the new Star Wars films?
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