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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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RE: Star Wars is dead
By FITCamaro on 10/31/2012 2:04:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but now Lucas makes Vader reveal his inner whiny 16-year old girl too.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By Reclaimer77 on 10/31/2012 3:48:10 PM , Rating: 1
Lucas ruined Vader, yes. He also ruined "Anakin Skywalker" so horribly in the prequels that we don't even care he becomes Vader anyway. Because he's so unlikeable and annoying as Anakin we actually cheer for bad things to happen to him.

He also ruined Jedi's in general, utterly, with the "miticlorians" bullshit. I literally could not believe what I was watching when that came up in Episode 1. You take a mystical spiritual-like power in the Force, and then ruin it by making it a simple matter of biology and not anything special about the person itself or the power of his "belief" in the Force.

I guess if Lucas did Empire today, instead of Yoda urging Luke to feel the Force, to concentrate, to center himself; he would instead give Luke a blood transfusion or something? My how special...


RE: Star Wars is dead
By FITCamaro on 10/31/2012 5:13:19 PM , Rating: 2
Result of the age of science. If we can't explain it scientifically, it can't exist. People having "mystical" powers implies a God. Can't have that.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By Reclaimer77 on 10/31/2012 8:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but then he threw in the "immaculate conception" with Anakins mother!! Soooo lol, I don't know what the f he's going for with that.


RE: Star Wars is dead
By BillyBatson on 11/6/2012 11:22:43 AM , Rating: 2
This did ruin the story. The appeal of Star Wars to a wide audience was because people felt the characters were relateable, if you tried hard enough, trained hard enough, believed hard enough.... Anything could be possible and any average joe could become a hero.... With the reboot of the series Lucas completely changed that now all the training in the world from Yoda couldn't make an average guy like me with no special bacteria in my blood that was handed down through birth into a Jedi.
Lucas is a talentless hack!!!


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