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Disney to Buy Lucasfilm

The big question is, what will this mean for Marvel and Star Wars comics?

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?

Update

Apparently some are reporting that the movie is "Episode 7." (Why aren't they using Roman Numerals?) Episodes 8 and 9 would follow.

Update 2

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.
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Edited by Scarlet_Rogue

WHAT IS HAPPENING!?!?!?!?

I'm calling it: AvJ. Avengers vs. Jedi

Edited by guttridgeb

This is awesome...

Posted by Supreme Marvel

Maybe we'll see some good come from the Star Wars Universe.

:D

Posted by kennybaese

Damn... I'd guess that Star Wars comics are going to be coming back to Marvel once the current deal with Dark Horse expires. It'll be interesting to see what Star Wars turns into now that it's not independent. I'm betting Clone Wars is going to come to an end soon.

Posted by BushidoBlack

The movie is Star wars Episode 7 folks. It's in the official press release.

Edited by noj

This is crazy news! I wonder whats going to come of this? I'll be VERY dissapointed if the Clone Wars is canceled though.

Oh yeah this means Avengers 2 Justice League and Star Wars Episode 7 will all be out in 2015! What an awesome year for moviegoers!!!

Posted by fodigg

Isn't George Lucas dating the head of Pixar?

Posted by halovsmarvel

Disney wants to OWN EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

Posted by Brazen_Intellect

It makes sense, Lucas himself is pretty much in semi-retirement, and Lucasfilms has some of the most choice IP there is. Disney has seen the endless piles of cash being generated by their use of Marvel properties since the takeover and knows there are only so many of these top tier franchises around.

Disney has the scale to take Star Wars to another level and in many directions yet to be seen. I cannot say how well it will turn out but I am curious to see.

Posted by FatFriar_16

Haha... X-Men wielding the force and Sith with the Infinity Gauntlet... If only they could make it happen.... Now, they can ;) [BUT probably won't]

Posted by davelecave

@BushidoBlack said:

The movie is Star wars Episode 7 folks. It's in the official press release.

I never thought I'd live to see the day...

Posted by SmashBrawler

How things change.

I wouldn't be surprised if Disney bought DC one of these days.

Posted by Supreme Marvel

Funny. Lucas owned Pixar at one point.

Posted by ComixZone

This is the best thing to happen since things started happening.

Posted by Funrush

@davelecave said:

@BushidoBlack said:

The movie is Star wars Episode 7 folks. It's in the official press release.

I never thought I'd live to see the day...

What will this mean for Star Wars?

That hopefully they keep Lucas as far away from Ep. 7 as much as possible. The last thing we need is a repeat of what happened with the prequels.

Posted by The_Tree

Holy moly, this is huge! I certainly hope that this means we'll get a new live-action SW movie.

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Posted by Tellumo

First before watchmen, now this, hopefully it'll be decent...

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

When I read this I thought I having a heart attack, I really don't like the idea of disney owning everything I love.

Posted by TheElusiveNewReader

For the first time I feel like maybe the Mayans might be right.....do I even want the world to keep on going?

Posted by longbowhunter

Disney...put the property to good use please.

Posted by cameron83

@SmashBrawler: I just had that thought

Posted by FoxxFireArt

In related news. Luke Skywalker will then be appearing in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and Wolverine will be added in an attempt to boost sales. We will finally get the answer to Adamantium vs. Lightsaber.

I love those figures of Stitch in that picture.

Posted by Dernman
Posted by Nova`Prime`

What does this mean for Star Wars comics? Probably nothing, just like it meant nothing for Marvel when Disney bought them.

Although I am surprised by this, does George Lucas really need the money.. or does he want to get away from Star Wars?

Posted by footballdavid

Does this mean that marvel get rights to the star wars comics?

Posted by StMichalofWilson

Disney bought Marvel AND Lucasfilm?!

I gotta go into rehab

Posted by Mucklefluga

Episode 7 in Pixar Animation?

Posted by TheMadMonkey

What I'm curious to know is if this deal also includes Disney acquiring THX and ILM...and if Georgie-Boy still gets to keep his licensing rights.

Posted by Mucklefluga

MARVEL INDIANA JONES COMICS

Indy teaming up with Cap. They lived around the same time, right?

Posted by EdwardWindsor

Film Confirmed as star wars episode 7 in original press realise. I am kinnda confused on to rage or not

Posted by GR2Blackout

NO!!!!

NOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ludo

Kill me

Posted by jinxuandi

What will happen to the Dark Horse Comics?

I'd imagine that Marvel will get preferential treatment to the rights, although it sounds like Lucasfilm will be a separate division of Disney and will make its own decisions (those rights still belong to Lucas, not Disney). While possible that Lucasfilm could give that contract to someone other than Marvel, it's not likely.

Will Star Wars comics return to Marvel?

Most likely.

What will happen to the Clone Wars TV show on Cartoon Network?

It's very unlikely to continue due to the rivalry between Disney and Warner. Possible, if Lucasfilm retains control over those rights after the merger, but even then, not very likely.

Will everyone simply hate on both Disney and Lucasfilm over this announcement?

Undoubtedly.

Posted by cameron83

how is this a bad thing though?

I'm not saying it's good,but I don't really know what the complaint exactly is......

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Oh god..... I hate everything right now.....

Posted by JoseDRiveraTCR7

Hopefully something good comes from this. Maybe a remake of the prequels where they aren't crap.

Posted by iceman228433

Holy crap we are finally getting sequels, maybe they can keep George Lucus away from these.

Edited by LiquidSwords

2018- Star Wars episode 7 REBOOT!

Posted by darth_geekboy

Mark Hamill is brushing up on his skills for his eventual role as Master Jedi. and Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are brushing up on their acting skills for the eventual cameo appearances.

Posted by G-Man

@Nova`Prime` said:

What does this mean for Star Wars comics? Probably nothing, just like it meant nothing for Marvel when Disney bought them.

You do remember that all the Disney comics, Pixar characters and Muppets were put out by Boom! Studios? When that deal expired (if it wasn't bought out), the characters went back to Disney and we've had some put out by Marvel.

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Posted by TheMadMonkey

I wonder if the recent catastrophic failure of John Carter gave Disney the nudge it needed to pull the trigger on this deal...?

Posted by Decept-O

Wow. Not hating at all. Dang, George Lucas continues to ring in the Cha-Cha-Ching!

Interested to see where this goes. Wished the news pertaining a new Star Wars movie was a bit more specific, at least in terms of live action or not.

Posted by Brazen_Intellect

@TheMadMonkey said:

I wonder if the recent catastrophic failure of John Carter gave Disney the nudge it needed to pull the trigger on this deal...?

Deals of this magnitude take time, this was likely being discussed long before John Carter came out. Either way I think that disaster had little if any influence on the deal

Posted by Icon

That is the big question? I don't think that is even a question. This won't have much if anything to do with Marvel.

Anyway, I hate Star Wars and was hoping it was over. Who knows, maybe Disney's version will be good but I just don't care.

Posted by Mbecks14

Absolutely terrified.

Posted by Illuminatus

The Avengers 2, Ant-Man, and now Star Wars: Episode VII.....

All hail Overlord Mickey.

Edited by ScreamingGhost

Since Clone Wars was inhouse at Lucas I doubt anything will happen to it. The problem with EMH and Spectacular is that they were run by Film Roman and Sony Animation and as we know Disney wanted to cut out the middlemen. For one reason or another this announcement is a bit unsettling but I'm sure that feeling will pass. Its simply the notion that on top of what Disney got with Marvel now it has its grip on the Star Wars universe as well. I wonder if Lucas knew about this buyout it wasn't too long ago that he stepped down to long ago and now this. He always seemed to pride himself on his independence and answering to no one I doubt he would have been in favor of this. Either way it will be interesting to see how this plays out; the way Disney has handled its new marvel animated series has been nothing but a disappointment so far. Hopefully that trend doesn't continue.

Posted by knightofthechronicle

@Scarlet_Rogue: With the sith coming out to be like the Phoenix Force! I would totally read that!

Posted by Outside_85

Will this mean we can get to see Bucky shoot siths in the head?

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Posted by Ett

So Princess Leia is now a Disney Princess right?

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