And it cost $4 billion.
The buyout ranks among one of the largest ever made by Disney. It’s fourth behind the $19.7 billion, $7.6 billion and $5.2 billion buyouts of Capital Cities/ABC in 1995, Pixar in 2006 and Fox Family in 2001, respectively, says S&P Capital IQ. It tops the $3.96 billion Disney paid for Marvel in August 2009. . . .
“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, in a statement. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”
Kathleen Kennedy, co-chairman of LucasFilm, will report to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn.
The latest part of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for a 2015 release.
So Episode 7 would take place after Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi are reconciled in Force Heaven, and Luke and Princess Leia realize they’re really siblings, etc., etc.?
Will we see an aged Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill in Episode 7, assuming they’re not dead or in rehab? What will be the nature of the new conflict? Who is the enemy? Will the empire strike back yet again? Did the emperor have a son, who will now assume command of the Empire given that Pops was tossed into that atomic garbage disposal? Or will a new threat to freedom arise, like a really bad American presidency?
We shall see May 25, 2015, when this wonderful 1970s white-hats-and-black-hats space western will once again be driven into the ground like a pile driver on crystal meth.