Disney has agreed to purchase LucasFilm for a paltry $4.05 billion. That’s the headline news in a nutshell. But the sound you hear is me hyperventilating and trying to wrap my noggin’ around this.
For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed thatStar Warscould 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.
According to the Gizmodo, “Disney is acquiring the whole Lucasfilm shebang from George Lucas, who still owns 100-percent of the company. In addition to massive properties like Star Wars, Disney will also get Lucasfilm’s hugely profitable film technology and marketing companies including Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound.”
When you put the price in those terms, $4 billion seems like a steal, no? Disney said they plan to release a Star Wars-related movie every two or three years, with an eye towards a seventh installment released in 2015. Lucas will stay on as a creative consultant for everything. Hopefully, he’s not consulting very much. This is a massive moment for Star Wars fans who have been dreaming of an expanded Star Wars universe absent from Lucas’ terrible creative decisions.
Imagine having a Star Wars movie universe similar to The Avengers, where all these standalone movies eventually merge into a highly-anticipated summer blockbuster? Imagine a television show about Jedi detectives set in the Corusant underworld? Imagine turnings Star Wars into a vehicle for up-and-coming directors or auteurs who worship at the alter of Han Solo?
Similar deals, like the ones for Pixar in 2006 and Marvel in 2009, have seemed to work out just fine for Disney and fans. Hopefully, this won’t be any different.