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Bob Iger and George Lucas  (Source: The Walt Disney Company)
Disney will make Episodes 7, 8 and 9 as well

"Star Wars" will be making its way back to the big screen now that The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion USD. 
 
Disney said it is buying Lucasfilm Ltd. with cash and stock, and the deal includes Lucasfilm's high-tech production companies (Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound) and the rights to the "Indiana Jones" franchise.
 
Even though George Lucas, the creator of "Star Wars" and founder of Lucasfilm Ltd., said he was done making new versions of his mega popular epic space opera, he's going to allow Disney to bring "Star Wars" back to life. 
 
Disney is currently working on a new "Star Wars" trilogy, beginning with "Episode 7." The new episode is due out in 2015, and Episodes 8 and 9 will shortly follow. According to Disney, the new trilogy will follow Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo beyond "Return of the Jedi," which was the third film in the original trilogy (but is chronologically the sixth film in the franchise).
 
"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see 'Star Wars' passed from one generation to the next," said Lucas. "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."
 
 
Kathleen Kennedy, the current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become the president of the unit. She will also be executive producer for the new trilogy. 
 
Kennedy has been working with Lucas and a team of writers to discuss the storyline for "Episode 7." Kennedy said it's essential to have Lucas present as a key advisor during the making of the next trilogy, and she even referred to him as "her Yoda." Lucas has provided his story lines for the new trilogy. 
 
"I always said I wasn't going to do any more and that's true, because I'm not going to do any more, but that doesn't mean I'm unwilling to turn it over to Kathy to do more," said Lucas.
 
Lucas has received quite a bit of criticism in the recent past due to his decisions involving "Star Wars." Despite creating the hugely popular original trilogy in the 1970s and 80s, he quickly became the bad guy when the second trilogy was released. Many fans disliked the new story line, which took place prior to the original trilogy. Fans also hated new characters, such as Jar Jar Binks. 
 
To make matters worse, Lucas changed some key details in the original trilogy (such as the scene where Greedo takes the first shot at Han Solo in a bar) and released 3D versions of the movies earlier this year, marking Lucas as a "sell out." 

Source: Disney



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No Episode 7
By Chosonman on 10/31/2012 10:02:45 AM , Rating: 3
They should end the story at the defeat of the Empire and revisit the Old Republic Story line. The "New Hope" story line is essentially dead since the Empire has been destroyed. SWTOR is a much more interesting storyline at this point with hundreds of Jedi and Sith battling for control of the Galaxy. After Return of the Jedi, Luke is essentially the only Jedi left in the Galaxy, I can only imagine a slow a boring build up to another cataclysmic event such as another takeover of the galaxy by some evil power.... Boring.




RE: No Episode 7
By AssSpelunker on 10/31/2012 10:05:28 AM , Rating: 2
I'd love to see an adaptation of the story line in the Old Republic video game. It would have a cult following if they pulled it off, but I doubt it would have the mainstream or box office appeal of the others.


RE: No Episode 7
By toffty on 10/31/2012 1:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
You should really read the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn and the X-Wing series. After that all of the other 4+ ABY books. The expanded Star Wars universe is amazing in its depth. The Empire was only the start.


RE: No Episode 7
By ComputerJuice on 10/31/2012 4:15:32 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention that the entire SW universe & cannon is an illustration of history repeating.


RE: No Episode 7
By JediJeb on 10/31/2012 9:28:27 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I can only imagine a slow a boring build up to another cataclysmic event such as another takeover of the galaxy by some evil power.... Boring.


You haven't read much of the story past ROTJ have you?

The struggle to fend off the last of the Empire, the whole alliance between the New Republic and the Smuggler's Alliance, Luke finally learning what the original Jedi were all about and rebuilding the Jedi Order, all are great story lines along with the X-Wing series. I also read just a few years back the book Millennium Falcon which recounts the history of the ship from the shipyard to being flown by Han, Leia and their granddaughter at the time.

As far as basing it on something like the new SWTOR game, there are many fans who would hate the whole movie being nothing but a Jedi on Sith glowbat battle. There is so much more to Star Wars than lightsabers.


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