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(The Hollywood Reporter) NewsFlash Disney® to buy Lucasfilm® for $4 Billion. New slogan: Disney®: "We own your childhood®"   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 923
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2012-10-30 04:39:15 PM

Carth: AidanPryde98: I can't imagine this includes the right's to Star Wars. I'll not believe that until I see proof. The right's to that ip alone are in the billions of dollars.

It was a 4 billion dollar deal so it is possible.


ILM, Lucasarts (video games) Skywalker Sound..it looks like they got everything. I don't know who has the toy deal, I would assume Lucasarts as the rights...as for the comics, I thought they were still published under Darkhorse, which is a DC sub isn't it? I haven't opened a Star Wars comic in a long time.
 
2012-10-30 04:39:20 PM
Let me explain what (probably) led up to this:

Back in the 1990s, Disney was all about Princess movies. Riding the success of "The Little Mermaid," they released musical after musical, some good, some not-so-good, and girls all over the country were climbing over themselves to give Disney their parents' money.

Disney, of course, wanted to make twice as much money, so they dove into action animated films like "Tarzan", "Treasure Planet", and "Atlantis". These met with disappointing results. Pixar was great, since their movies almost entirely contained male leads, but it wasn't the same, since Pixar was more interested in making good stories than marketing new toys.

When you got right down to it, boys were more interested in Batman, Spider-Man, and Anakin Skywalker.

Eventually, Disney got the hint. They scoped out Marvel, looked at what they were worth, carefully weighed the value of what Warner Bros. got from DC, and finally made them an offer.Creatively, it was a win-win. Marvel got to keep making comics and movies, Disney got the distribution and toy-making rights -- pretty much the same deal they made Pixar.

Today, they did the same thing with Lucasfilm. Presumably, their strategy will be the same -- distribute the films, market the toys, take money off the top of both, and stay out of things creatively -- except, that is, to nudge them from time to time to make films that will sell more toys instead of just theater tickets.
 
2012-10-30 04:39:28 PM

eddievercetti: This explains why I saw C-3PO on a Disney show my niece was watching. If Disney doesn't fark this up, I guess this will be a upgrade. 

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LOL, nice!


Disney has huge Lucas properties all over Hollywood Studios. Indiana Jones Stunt Show and Star Tours are big there, and have been for a long long time.
 
2012-10-30 04:39:32 PM

AidanPryde98: I can't imagine this includes the right's to Star Wars. I'll not believe that until I see proof. The right's to that ip alone are in the billions of dollars.


Official Press release.
 
2012-10-30 04:39:33 PM
Shut up and take my money!
 
2012-10-30 04:39:39 PM
You sold the company to that thing? You're braver than I thought.
 
2012-10-30 04:39:41 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Damn.

I was hoping that He'd just put it all in Public Domain when he died.

I remember what Disney did with The Muppets-so not looking forward to this.

And to all you farkers who think that Lucas screwed up Star Wars, We get it.


I thought the latest muppets movie that Jason Segel was in was pretty awesome. If they can make a star wars movie that good, I will totally be ok with it.
 
2012-10-30 04:40:03 PM
Do not want.
 
2012-10-30 04:40:12 PM
Now Disney can edit penises into the next batch of Star Wars movies.
 
2012-10-30 04:40:24 PM
I really, REALLY hope that episodes 7, 8, and 9 end up being Timothy Zhan's "Thrawn" trilogy.
 
2012-10-30 04:40:28 PM
Wow. Star Wars is included.

Link
 
2012-10-30 04:40:42 PM
Lucas as a creative consultant, not a director? Ok. Im in.
 
2012-10-30 04:40:47 PM

Edymnion: craxyd: The Fett: Only good can come from this. Star Wars resuced from the diseased hand that Lucas has become.

Except for the ridiculously huge stick Disney has up its ass about "copyright infringement"... All of us costumers can pretty much kiss our respective organizations like The Dark Empire, the 501st & the Mandalorian Mercs goodbye

If this is what it takes to finally put the 501st into it's coffin, so be it.



They done you wrong because a seam on your costume was 2mm too wide?
 
2012-10-30 04:40:47 PM
Some day I will point to this post as evidence that I was here when this happened.

I don't know what this means. It can't get any worse, right? RIGHT? RIGHT?
 
2012-10-30 04:41:02 PM

Der Poopflinger: so when does EA buy them both?


Disney brought Lucasarts with the Avengers money, once they get their Star Wars money, they'll buy EA.
 
2012-10-30 04:41:10 PM

carnifex2005: Nabb1: MithrandirBooga: "Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future."

This deal is getting worse all the time.

Disney can't do any worse than the previous 3 and they did do a great job on making sure that The Avengers went off well.


I just had to go for the low-hanging fruit. I grew up with "Star Wars." My dad took me to see the first one when I was four and I sat on his lap. I was a "Star Wars" nut as a kid. I was disappointed with the quality of the prequels, but I don't believe he "raped my childhood." He told the story he wanted to tell and I think he tried his best. Disney has been putting out really good cinematic products for a couple of decades now, and I don't think they'll ruin the "Star Wars" brand with this. Their major release movies - including their own and Pixar - have largely been good. Maybe not "Cars 2."
 
2012-10-30 04:41:18 PM

jj325: Is this where we complain about how George Lucas made three classic movies 30 years ago that were aimed at children, and then destroyed our lives by making three movies 25 years later that were, oddly enough, aimed at children as well? How dare he not pander to the 40 year olds still sleeping on C3PO sheets and wearing their Boba Fett jammies!


The first movies weren't aimed at children. And they were well directed, edited and the dialog wasn't complete shiat. They appealed to a wide range of ages. That has lots to do with the influence of his (now ex) wife and the directors he hired to man the second and third movies. The second three were poorly directed, edited, and the dialog was complete shiat. Mainly due to the yes people Lucas surrounds himself with.
 
2012-10-30 04:41:22 PM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2012-10-30 04:41:31 PM
Wow, $4 billion up front ain't too shabby, eh?

Star Wars 7..."The Search for More Money"?
 
2012-10-30 04:41:39 PM

Carth: Also I'm betting we see a live action Star Wars TV show on ABC within 5 years.


Unlikely, clone wars is probably by far cheaper to produce
 
2012-10-30 04:41:43 PM
If I see them licencing Stackpole or Zahn's work for the new movies, I will be happy.

Otherwise, cue the vader "NOOOOOOOOOO!" image....
 
2012-10-30 04:42:28 PM

HeartBurnKid: jj325: Is this where we complain about how George Lucas made three classic movies 30 years ago that were aimed at children, and then destroyed our lives by making three movies 25 years later that were, oddly enough, aimed at children as well?

"Aimed at children" and "Sucks" are not synonyms. There are a great many things aimed at children that are actually very high quality; the bulk of the Star Wars-related output is not in that group.

/Star Wars-themed things that are high quality:
//The original trilogy
//The Super Star Wars games
//Star Wars: Clone Wars (the one from 2003, not the current CGI shiatfest)
//Knights of the Old Republic
//The end


I dunno...
I am pleasantly surprised by the current clone wars...it has come a long way and is pretty enjoyable now...
 
2012-10-30 04:42:29 PM

HutchSFA: Instead of Episode 7 I'd rather see them redo 1, 2 and 3.


And this time, pay attention to what actually happened in 4, 5 and 6 so that they don't create a litany of ret-cons and contradictions.
 
2012-10-30 04:42:35 PM

Disposable Rob: AidanPryde98: I can't imagine this includes the right's to Star Wars. I'll not believe that until I see proof. The right's to that ip alone are in the billions of dollars.

Official Press release.


Interesting I'm surprised Lucas didn't hold out for a place on the board like Jobs did with Pixar. I guess he is going to go relax with his 4 billion dollars and rest easy knowing he never has to listen to another fanboy complain.
 
2012-10-30 04:42:36 PM
Fark Star Wars... does this mean Maniac Mansion might show up on a current console or be adapted into a Hollywood movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Dave??
 
2012-10-30 04:42:39 PM
Luke Skywalker as a party member in the Star Wars-based world in Kingdom Hearts IV!

/the Keyblade Sora gets from that world is a lightsaber Keyblade
//my geek hormones are surging
 
2012-10-30 04:43:01 PM

SchlingFocker: flaminio: Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

This is a joke, right? An early April Fools'?

Zahn needs to be the creative consultant, not Lucas.


No he doesn't He sucks. Seriously.. Inventing a creature the at blocks the Force? The thing that supposedly flows through all life forms?
 
2012-10-30 04:43:02 PM

Carth: Also I'm betting we see a live action Star Wars TV show on ABC within 5 years.


Probably sooner than that, there's been one in pre-production for a couple of years.
Link
 
2012-10-30 04:43:07 PM

sure haven't: Am I the only one who sees this as a good thing?

Basically George Lucas has absolutely ruined and mishandled his entire enterprise. It can only go up.
And speaking of Up!, Disney did good with Pixar (admittedly just by being hands off), so maybe good things will come of this.

/DNRTFA


If you think Disney is ENTIRELY hands-off with Pixar, you haven't been paying attention.

Before being outright purchased by Disney, Pixar was making Oscar-winning animation films that appealed to all ages -- "Ratatouille", "Up", "Wall*E" -- but hardly sold any toys.

Right after, they switched to sequels like "Toy Story 3", "Monsters University", and "Cars 2" -- titles that could sell LOTS of toys, over and over again.

This is not a coincidence.
 
2012-10-30 04:43:12 PM

eddievercetti: Der Poopflinger: so when does EA buy them both?

Disney brought Lucasarts with the Avengers money, once they get their Star Wars money, they'll buy EA.


hopefully they westwood them
 
2012-10-30 04:43:22 PM
But, but, but.... Are they going to scrub this off the beginning of all future dvd's?

www.dvdactive.com
 
2012-10-30 04:43:24 PM

ArkPanda: I'm not seeing this as a disaster. Disney has made some kickass stuff over the years (and yes, some ass stuff too). This has instantly become their #1 franchise and they are going to take it seriously.

ILM + Pixar = I'll be in my bunk


For all the Lucas hate around here, does anyone ever acknowledge that Lucas created ILM and Pixar? And that Peter Jackson would be making the Lord of the Rings movies with claymation if ILM wasn't around to influence Weta? And Cameron would still be a truck driver if not for Lucas....So you don't like how the narrative went with the Star Wars prequels. But show a little farking respect.
 
2012-10-30 04:43:37 PM

Darth_Lukecash: I remember what Disney did with The Muppets-so not looking forward to this.


Those various modern youtube shorts are rather entertaining.
 
2012-10-30 04:43:44 PM

KarlMaldensNose: I don't know, you could very well have a Joss Whedon direct a Star Wars movie now that Lucas is (mostly) out of the way. I could actually see this being a good thing.


www.sheldoncomics.com
 
2012-10-30 04:43:48 PM
Holy farking shiat.
 
2012-10-30 04:43:51 PM
Wow. I'm shocked.

Shocked.

... that so many people didn't see this coming. Seriously, Star Wars Weekends at WDW hasn't been a big f*cking clue?
 
2012-10-30 04:43:56 PM
Today, hundreds of actors and theatre patrons were injured during a performance of the Broadway musical "Jar Jar: Turn Off the Dark Side", when the Death Star exploded too soon, during the sequence when the pod race went up and down the aisles through the audience. Jar Jar was the only survivor.
 
2012-10-30 04:44:30 PM

SDRR: Disney has huge Lucas properties all over Hollywood Studios. Indiana Jones Stunt Show and Star Tours are big there, and have been for a long long time.


Yeah but I saw that commercial two hours ago and blam, here we are. Disney did the Muppets justice and I think the Marvel/Disney stuff started with a bang with Avengers, Disney is gonna play their cards right and announcing Episode VII is a gonna be a really interesting move. If they say Lucas will just be producing it, then we know it's gonna be a good move.
 
2012-10-30 04:44:32 PM
whiskey tango foxtrot, over
 
2012-10-30 04:44:52 PM
This will blow your mind...right now, Mark Hamill is only 2 years younger than Alec Guinness was when Star Wars was released.
 
2012-10-30 04:45:01 PM

Klivian: Seth'n'Spectrum: What does this mean for KOTOR 3? Or Republic Commando 2?

KOTOR 3 became TOR, and sucked hard


SW:TOR isn't great, but it'll be free to play soon

/just re-upped anyways after taking the warm months off, I like it
 
2012-10-30 04:45:02 PM

Nabb1: Maybe not "Cars 2."


What Pixar snobs don't get is that Cars and Cars 2 has minted more money for Pixar than any other movie francise (if you include toys, theme parks, movie revenue, etc). It doesn't appeal to you - we get it. But Pixar managed to make a money that appealed to the NASCAR crowd and these people seem to have a lot of money to spend.
 
2012-10-30 04:45:10 PM
here's a positive thing about this, in the whatever star wars disney/lucas produce odds are you wont have to hear them painfully try to work in poodoo or slimeo in every movie.
 
2012-10-30 04:45:14 PM

czetie: And this time, pay attention to what actually happened in 4, 5 and 6 so that they don't create a litany of ret-cons and contradictions.


4, 5 and 6 already have a litany of ret-cons and contradictions on their own.
 
2012-10-30 04:45:15 PM

morbo: Carth: Also I'm betting we see a live action Star Wars TV show on ABC within 5 years.

Probably sooner than that, there's been one in pre-production for a couple of years.
Link


Wow. I didn't know that. From the wiki it looks like cost is the primary reason they haven't done it. With Disney's production/distribution system already in place it sounds like it might actually happen.
 
2012-10-30 04:45:23 PM
I'm genuinely curious as to what the story would be in movie 7. At the end of movie 6, all jedi apart from Luke are dead (well, I don't know if it's specified but it certainly seems implied), Vader and Sidius are dead, the empire is defeated and relative peace has been restored to the galaxy.

Yes, the empire could resurface as a threat once again since it's easy to assume that many empire forces are still intact. But with the Jedi all but gone that's one of the biggest appeals out of the picture. What separated and continues to separate star wars from other 'epic space battle films' was that addition of these powerful people who fought against all sorts of weapons and creatures with nothing but their trusty lightsabers.

How can they recapture that initial magic?
 
2012-10-30 04:45:53 PM
Lucas made his franchise and cashes out - it's just business. He owes nothing to you people who think that SW was about anything more than just business, the same way that Star Trek was about anything more than getting you to watch commercials.
 
2012-10-30 04:46:03 PM
At least he'll never make another movie again. Unless he asks his buddy SS, but that guy can't say no.
 
2012-10-30 04:46:14 PM
Finally. We can now get the Disney-Lucas Star Wars Christmas Special II, we have been craving.
 
2012-10-30 04:46:41 PM
They'll just keep making prequels until the first line of the crawl says, "JUST NOW... RIGHT OVER THERE..."
 
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