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Author:   HaloAddict
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 1:46pm (PST)
Subject:   Star Wars: Episode 7
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http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/10/30/the-walt-disney-company-acquires-lucasfilm-star-wars-episode-vii-set-for-2015

quote Press Release
Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.

“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”

“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 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.”

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and “evergreen” Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.

Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm’s legendary Star Wars franchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term. Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks. Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has made Star Wars one of the world’s top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney’s strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.

The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney’s very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company’s unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value. Adding Lucasfilm to Disney’s portfolio of world class brands significantly enhances the company’s ability to serve consumers with a broad variety of the world’s highest-quality content and to create additional long-term value for our shareholders.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and Lucasfilm have approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement has been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.

Hoooly Shit. This is probably the most awesome thing I've heard since...I can't remember when. What do you guys think/want they're going to do? If they bring Fisher, Ford, and Hamill back they could do a series based on the Vong, or a Jacen Solo/Darth Caedus storyline. Or they could start them in the TOR timeline, or sometime in the far fture. Personally, I WOULDN'T want them to make it set in the few decades after the Rebellion, and NOT include the main characters. I just wouldn't enjoy watching some other group of characters knowing Han and Chewie are out zipping around in the Falcon somewhere else in the galaxy.

Either way, I'm optimistic as *bleep*, because why not?



Author:   BrokenKnights
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 1:53pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Star Wars: Episode 7
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I'm really surprised this kind of an announcement wasn't made in a much more bombastic fashion. Oh well. I'll echo optimism. Handing over the reins must feel really cathartic to Lucas.

Can't wait to find out what the plot is going to be, specifically what characters we're going to see. A ghost Obi-Wan played by Ewan McGregor seems possible.



Author:   Irish Gamer
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 1:57pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Star Wars: Episode 7
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Don't Hamill and Ford hate eachother though?

Love Star Wars. No idea what Disney will do but obviously they're not going to sit on it.



Author:   Stitch
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 1:58pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Star Wars: Episode 7
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If they bring back Mark Hamill as Skywalker, I'm mostly see him as a counsoler or somehting that Yoda was, a teacher, since he's kinda aged after his last Star Wars film in 83.

But then again, when you looked at Tron's Legacy, with Computer graphics they could make Jeff Bridges look like he did in the first Tron movie 28 years before the sequal.

Would be great to see the original cast reprise their roles again, or even just Hamill and Ford if possible.



Author:   Demonfurby
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 2:00pm (PST)
Subject:   Star Wars: Episode 7
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Just base it off kotor and get it over with.



Author:   HaloAddict
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 2:12pm (PST)
Subject:   Star Wars: Episode 7
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I want either a plot set in TOR, or one with the old cast. They could do Legacy of The Force, the Vong Invasion, or Fate of The Jedi and make it into a trilogy. If they do do that, I'd appreciate at least one movie (or maybe half of one) for character exposition. Showing Jacen and Jaina and Ben growing up, that kind of stuff. I don't really want them to gloss over that too much, because a lot of the relationships are key to some of those storylines.

What wouldn't you mind them altering/changing? Personally, I don't care how they do it, I WANT TO SEE THRAWN!!! The Grand Admiral is one of my favorite characters in SW, and I'd give anything to see him on the big screen. They could make him the leader of the Chiss and have him get involved in the New Republic/Galactic Alliance for any number of reasons, forming an uneasy alliance. I know he's a villain, but I like him enough that I want him to be more of some sort of anti-hero. And he needs to be a badass super-tactician!



Author:   Aguila
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 2:39pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Star Wars: Episode 7
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It has the potential to be awesome, since there are some great stories set after the films, but it could also be absolutely terrible. Here's hoping it's the former



Author:   Lavitz
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 2:45pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Star Wars: Episode 7
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No, thanks.



Author:   Irish Gamer
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 2:56pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Star Wars: Episode 7
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Just realised they might attempt to make it "darker and grittier, more real"...



Author:   Golden Miru warrior
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 3:07pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Star Wars: Episode 7
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Was wondering who would get this up here first.

This is just an acquisition announcement. So as long as our prejudices and imaginations are going wild, why not shoot for the moon? What if a Pixar director like Brad Bird or Lee Unkrich ends up at the helm, with some ace writing team? And no one in hell has to listen to Lucas' notions besides herding him around for interviews because he's not even EP. Casting is limitless too, because no one in their right mind would turn this down.



Author:   HilaryDuffGta
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 3:10pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Star Wars: Episode 7
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this is some awesome news, cant wait for this and hope we get some more info soon about what the plot will be



Author:   Celes Leonhart
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 3:10pm (PST)
Subject:   Star Wars: Episode 7
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Have high hopes. Would rather have left the series as it was though.



Author:   Euphoric
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 3:37pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Star Wars: Episode 7
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This will be easy to separate from the other films. Much like how I consider the original and new trilogy to be separate entities. So I've got no dramas having more films based in the Star Wars universe. Going the Old Republic route would be nice. See some Sith from back when they were boss.



Author:   ctrl
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 4:24pm (PST)
Subject:   Star Wars: Episode 7
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quote Celes Leonhart
Have high hopes. Would rather have left the series as it was though.
They made waaaaaaaay too many books that take place after the Return Of the Jedi. I'm talking people using both light and dark sides of the force. Wookie Jedi's, etc.



Author:   Celes Leonhart
Date:   Oct 30, 12 at 4:25pm (PST)
Subject:   Star Wars: Episode 7
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I know

I like that though. I'd rather the films were contained as they were and canon sprawled out everywhere elsewhere.


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