George Lucas has agreed to sell Lucasfilm to Disney for a deal worth $4.05 billion. This means, among other things, that Disney now has total control over the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.
Disney already has plans on a new Star Wars film for 2015 and plans on releasing a new Star Wars movie every two to three years. The movies will feature Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia and be a continuation from The Return of the Jedi.
This is the greatest, most exiting news I’ve heard in a very long time.
For years, I’ve looked forward to the time when George Lucas no longer controlled the Star Wars universe. I figured that time would come when he died and his children sold it. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that a non-Lucas Star Wars film would come out as early as 2015. I figured it would be decades until that happened.
I’m now left thinking of all the possibilities. Could Disney release special non-doctored versions of the original trilogy? I’d love to own Blu-ray copies of the first three movies the way they were when they were originally released in theaters. For instance, I’d like to watch Han Solo shoot first, the way it was when I first saw it.
Seeing how well Disney has done with Iron Man, Thor, and The Avengers movies makes me feel confident that they’ll do a good job with Star Wars. How long until we get to see a Star Wars movie written and directed by Joss Whedon?
With today’s news, that’s now a very real possibility.