Walt Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Sets New Star Wars Film for 2015

I’m not going to lie, I couldn’t belive this news when I first saw it.  I seriously thought it was April Fool’s Day come early.  The word first started hitting through Twitter, but many of us movie news people kind of dismissed it as a rumor.  Now the official confirmation has come out (thanks to THR), that this is in fact the truth.

Kathleen Kennedy will be taking over as President of Lucasfilm (which we’ve know for a while) and she’ll be reporting to Disney Chair Alan Horn.  Kennedy will also be filling in as the executive producer for new Star Wars films (yeah, it’s plural apparently), with George Lucas merely acting as the creative consultant.  Here’s what George Lucas had to say in an official statement:

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next…It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could 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.”

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The report also goes on to say that Disney is setting Star Wars Episode 7 for a 2015 release date. Roger Iger, chairman and CEO of Disney, says fans can expect to see more Star Wars movies more often:

” In 2015, we’re planning to release Star Wars Episode 7 – the first feature film under the ‘Disney-Lucasfilm’ brand,” he said.

“That will be followed by Episodes 8 and 9 – and our long term plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years.”

As a diehard Star Wars fan, this news has me floored and excited.  Disney has done some good stuff with their live-action partnerships (i.e. Marvel), even if their own live action films have been floundering.  I can’t wait, but I’m really interested to see what’s going to happen with the Clone Wars cartoon show.

Currently it’s five seasons have been airing on Cartoon Network.  Does this mean, they’ll be showing up on the Disney Channel?  And what of the new cartoon show?  Lots of things seem to be in the air, but seeing as how the deal just happened, we should expect to hear more official news coming soon. 

How do you guys feel about this?