Disney buys LucasFilm. New Star Wars movie coming - theme parks next?
Disney announced today
that it will buy LucasFilm and its associated businesses from Star Wars creator George Lucas, for $4.05 billion in cash and Disney stock.
That gives Disney control not just of LucasFilm and its Star Wars franchise, but also of Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. ILM created last year's Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature, Rango, in addition to providing special effects on hundreds of other hit movies. Of course, Disney's bought a former Lucas outfit before. Let's not forget that Pixar started as a Lucas sideline, before Steve Jobs bought it.
In a statement, Lucas acknowledged that the deal means he's turning over control of the Star Wars franchise. (Foes of Jar Jar Binks cheer!) Check out this line (I added the emphasis):
"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."
Disney's confirmed Star Wars, Episode 7 for release in 2015. (Whaaa? Less than three years? Have they been working on this?) Who knows what else might be in the works?
No need to say
If Disney ever opens its long-rumored villains park, I would LOVE to see a Boba Fett ride.
Glad Dom was the first person to post, haha. Enjoy sir! Hahah
Kathleen is involved with the Star Wars project? Didn't she just move to WDW? I wonder for what reason...
Now update Star Wars in DLP, other clothing for the castmembers is a start!
Star Wars was originally intended to be 9 Chapters and if it is anything like the books that evolved after Chapter 6 it should be pretty good.
wow this is fantastic news ! so many GOOD things about this.
Anonymous poster- Kathleen is the current Co-Chair of Lucasfilm- she's not new. She's moving to Disney with the sale, and will become the President/Brand Manager for Star Wars....
This is AWESOME!!!
This is pretty darn AMAZING! Especially with the added acquisition of Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound.
First Marvel and now Lucasfilms. I have to wonder if Disney's next target will be the one based on a smart-ass remark Michael Eisner once offered up at an informal meeting with a group of reporters in 2004: "Mergers and acquisitions? Oh yes, we're thinking of taking over Comcast."
Ok everything I have seen Ive mostly liked. Havent seen Howard the Duck so I cant judge that! ;)
Disney wants you to think Episode VII, but what they're really planning... Clone Wars II. ;)
The Force is definitely with Iger... the hits just keep on coming. The only franchise left: Lord of the Rings. Make it so.
Lucas has finally admitted on the interview posted on You Tube that he did storyline the plots for Episodes VII, VIII and IX (he denied it at the time Sith was released) so the new films will be based on those. There were rumours last year that new Star Wars films were being worked on but Lucasfilm swiftly denied them.
Disney/Lucasfilm also confirmed this evening that they currently have no plans for further Indiana Jones movies (which puts paid to the rumours about Indy 5) but despite that I hope they have some plans for at least a Indy ride in HS Orlando.
I wonder if the original cast will appear in the new sequel.
Disney & Universal continue their duel (to the death?). New Fantasyland opening countered by Universal Nov. 1 announcement, in turn countered by Disney Oct. 30th Lucas announcement. The next 10 years is going to be great for theme park fans as the two behemouths vie for theme park market share. Hopefully a Star Wars land will now come to fruition in Hollywood Studios. It makes sense to nearly everyone, so Disney now has no excuses to not do it. Before Universal's Harry Potter there was little new for the previous decade. Now the floodgates are opened. Even Sea World is being fresh & innovative.
Dom must have been so excited to hear this news..... :) Glad to hear there are more films coming. Another win for Disney.
This is just SO COOL! Disney own HUGE cache of content and characters. Add the Muppets. Add Pixar. Add Marvel.
If there is any property Disney could bring into the parks to compete with Harry Potter, it's Star Wars. I wouldn't be surprised to see new attractions themed to Star Wars appearing at all the resorts, although I do hope Disney doesn't overdo it like Universal is getting close to doing with Harry Potter.
Amazing news, both cinema wise and theme park wise!!!!!!!
Lets see, a Dead Star restroom, a Jar Jar Binks meet and greet and a omnimover ride of the planet of the Ewoks...
The question remains what happens with the current Merlin/Legoland arrangements, but it seems a Star Wars park, or at least a last has got to be inevitable.
^LLF is gonna get hit hard when the new Star Wars Miniland closes 1 day after it opens...
This is a perfect combination of Marvel and Star Wars for little boys/teenage boys to combat the ever growing princesses. This is just awesome!
I'm hopeful that Hollywood Studios will finally expand not only Pixar Place, but now Star Wars land. There is not a lot of space to expand the park, based on Google Maps, but the Backlot Tour and Lights Motors Action are really unnecessary and would be much better served by being transformed into larger SW and PP lands.
I think Lego will continue the license as Universal and Lego do continue the Marvel license. But I guess Universal will tell us tommorrow that they will stop that and change Mavel Island into something even more fun.
There are still a ton of questions to be answered. Book rights are currently contracted to Del Ray and toy rights are with Hasbro. Will these continue? In general the merchandising and side publications are a vast portion of the Lucas Empire. It will be interesting to see all of that sort out.
There is no downside to this. More, and probably better movies, more and really awesome theme park lands and attractions. So there should be no more complaining about Disney not stepping up the the plate with Universal.
Skipper, do you have any more details?
"Also I seriously doubt the Avatar land will now go ahead at AK now that Disney have got the Holy Grail of Movie franchies!!"
Skipper says So there should be no more complaining about Disney not stepping up the the plate with Universal. I didn't here anyone anywhere at Disney mention anything about Disney theme park expansion that would come close to the expansion at Universal. There is alot of fantasy in Disney actually building these pie in the sky projects but there history proves otherwise. If SW 7 flops, then doubt they will consider any expansion into the parks, other than a themed restraunt and more gift shops.
^Star Wars, a flop? *laughs like Jabba*
"If SW 7 flops...." HAHAHAHAHAHA!! I'd post anonymously too if I was going to write complete nonsense!
I am so torn on this, really really torn. Don't get me wrong, I love Disney, and I love Star Wars. But, just like I was skeptical about the Disney/Marvel deal, I am skeptical about this.
Why would anyone think Disney would be more bold with it's rides than Universal? No history of that at all. The best thing that comes out of this is the win / win situation here in Orlando for park guest of ALL the parks. Except for the inevitable LARGE price increases
Okay her name escapes me right now, but didn't that one head imagineer lady that did Carsland make her new home at Walt Disney World.... mmmmmmmm Maybe that and the LucasFilm land have something to do with eachother.... we shall see... all I know is that the D23 expo for next year us sure looking pretty gosh darn good.
Tim, the good thing about the new movies is that Disney has the creative license to find & choose any director they like, & improve the quality.
Spielberg needs to direct the sequel trilogy,
Dom, Spielberg is obviously a good choice, but certainly not the only one. The connect to Lucas is a plus, but I'd be interested to see what any # of other directors bring to the table.
I found it interesting that apparently Disney in the discussions assigned no value to Indiana Jones. I guess its easy to forget about the other big name in the LucasFilm Stable.
I don't think Disney really thinks that Indy has no value, it is just they are putting all their effort behind SW at the moment because that is the cash cow. I fully expect to see some type of reboot to this franchise in the future, just not right away.
I was thinking about Indy too! Disney has made some very strategic moves to get something for the whole family.
really think this whole potter swatter thing is fan made...harry wont lose popularity because of star wars
I don't think Disney will ever have a "Potter Killer" because they are great at putting in themed areas such as Cars Land, but then they fill them with tame rides.
^Agreed. With competition it is the theme park fans who win.
J. Rao writes :"... someone like David Fincher, who can make a SW movie that has the potential to leave scars ..."
Ugh...not exactly, TH, but since you mentioned a nutty hospital, I believe a Disney Channel STAR WARS (SW) spin off series about the madcap adventures at an orbiting medical outpost would indeed work. Just imagine the mirth filled moments as twin medical droids reattach limbs and heal burns related to lightsaber duels, exploding space stations, and other zany Jedi adventures! Think M*A*S*H meets Doogie Howser, with Pair of Kings thrown in for yucks. Rather than DAVID Fincher, though, a better choice for such youth-oriented adventures would be Chris Columbus, the only director who was able to really capture the charm of the children's books that saved IOA.
Not overly sure I get all the excitment. Star Wars sold out years ago I even saw Yoda selling phones for Vodafone a few moths ago. Lucas has flogged the brand to death while it still means alot to those who remember the original movies for all those below 30 its a saturday moning cartoon and a few ok movies. Im also not sure if Disney are the right people to bring it back to where it deserves to be yes Avengers was amazing but what about John Carter ??? Also as to a Disney Star Wars Land well they could have done that for years and havent. Its obvious they need a franchise to compete with HP and I think the msg that Avatar was not it may have sunk in also for all those dreaming of eating in the Cantina with Disney making new movies any new rides or eating areas built will be from the new films not the original three. Still I would love to go to a Star Wars Land and it would bring me back to Disney it would be great to see. But the big problem for me is it wont hold its integrity like HP and the wizarding world has done. You will see Micky dressed as a jedi the droids will have mouse ears and their will need to be a new princess so Disney can sell things to little girls... I hope its brilliant but the sceptic in me will just end up feeling a little bit sick walking through a Star Wars land looking at kids in Droid/Mouse ears...
Because prancing around in designer robes, swishing $30 wands, giggling over singing frogs, dancing with Beauxbatons, cooing at animatronic owls, affectionately gawking at a hippogriff, and chanting "avada kedavra" is the height of adult coolness, right?
N B, Star Wars Land (or Lucasfilm Studios) will be the Potter killer. Don't underestimate the mouse's power! As for who will direct VII, like I said yesterday Steven Spielberg would be the perfect choice considering George is his friend, he tried to direct the prequels, and he knows sci-fi. If not him, Brad Bird would be the second best option.
No killing allowed. Theme park fans need lively competition if they want continued improvement. It should never be "either/or" when it comes to Disney and Universal. The world is a better place when both chains succeed.
Ahh, I struck a nerve. Cool. To be honest, I actually like that photo… (the real one, not the photo shopped version).
James if anyone struck a nerve it was obviously my comments about Disney Im sorry I dont worship at the alter of the eared one. However I really dont understand the Universal for adults Disney for kids comment from you as I did not say that seems like a bit of a pent up rant on your part !!.I did say Disney will try to aim the product at Kids which they no doubt will or do you think that the Disney Pirates and Princesses and Bippity Boppity Boutique are aimed at Adults ??? The majority of Disney merchandise is aimed at Kids
Fair enough. Obviously, I misconstrued your comments as negative ones. However, based on your latest response I must admit you are both a Disney AND (capitalized for emphasis) a Universal fan and therefore announcements of this nature (Disney buying Star Wars) can only be interpreted as GREAT NEWS (again for emphasis) by a theme park fan like you.
SW 7 possibly being a flop comment response. Just maybe if the facts were looked at then one can see the risk of SW flopping. Especially a 8 or 9 will depend heavily on the success of 7. Fact disney has not been successful with sci-fi. Lucasfilm said no for a reason. If the movie was making avatar money he would have kept the series alive. Fact episode 1 did theatrically grossed nearly half a billion -with 2 and 3 did over 300 million each, a considerable drop. SW clone, 35 million gross. Like Jurassic 3, grossed 200 million and was a clear financial flop. Not denying the franchise has value, but more movies doesn't guarantee a profit. And if 7 flops financially, theme park expansion plans would likely also fizzle.
The fact is that we are talking about a $4.5B movie franchise that has not had a new feature length, live action film since 2005. Disney could put out a film called Star Wars Episode 7: The Jawa Laundry List and it would make $500M worldwide.
HI James,thanks for your response yes I agree we both love theme parks and to be fair we both have our views Ill be honest I prefer Universal buts thats a personal thing its no reflection on what Disney do.
Because of Disney's recent acquisition of LucasFilms Jungle Cruise skippers can now hold up an open palm in front of a hippo and say: "These are not the tourists you're looking for ..."
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