Disney has bought the rights to Lucasfilms today for over $4 billion. The company owned by Star Wars creator George Lucas is now going to be run by Kathleen Kennedy who was co-chair of Lucasfilms. Cinemablend.com quoted Lucas saying,
“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.”
So what’s the plan for the movie franchise now? Well a new trilogy of course. Disney is aiming to have the first movie, Star Wars Episode VII (yes a direct sequel to the original trilogy) released by 2015 (alongside Avengers 2). This would then be followed by Episode VIII two years later and Episode IX two years after that.
Lucasfilms also owns Indiana Jones, but there are currently no plans to expand that franchise.
So are you excited about the news of potentially more Star Wars, or will the new movies do more damage than the prequel movies?