Disney is at it again. The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion in cash and stock. Kathleen Kennedy, the current co-chair of Lucasfilm, will become Lucasfilm's president and report to Walt Disney Studios chair Alan Horn.
In some ways, this makes sense. Disney already has a relationship with Lucas as Star Tours has been an attraction at both Disneyland and Disneyworld parks.
There is apparently also a new Star Wars movie in the works to be released in 2015. No other information is available. A new movie doesn't mean live-action. A CG Clone Wars movie was released before the TV show aired on Cartoon Network.
Other questions to be answered are what will happen to the Dark Horse Comics? Will Star Wars comics return to Marvel? What will happen to the Clone Wars TV show on Cartoon Network? Will everyone simply hate on both Disney and Lucasfilm over this announcement?
Apparently some are reporting that the movie is "Episode 7." (Why aren't they using Roman Numerals?) Episodes 8 and 9 would follow.
Mike Richardson, president of Dark Horse, said,
Star Wars' will be with us for the near future. Obviously, this deal changes the landscape, so we'll all have to see what it means for the future.