In a blockbuster deal, Disney has bought Lucasfilm lock stock and barrel. This includes the keys to the Star Wars franchise. Yes, fanboys George Lucas has cashed out. Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy will be stepping into George Lucas’ role as executive producer on Episode 7. George Lucas will sit home counting $4.05 billion.
Disney CEO Bob Iger released this statement “Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” Iger went on to say. “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.”
George Lucas also release a canned statement. “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. 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.”
Flourish? Poison Oak flourishes doesn’t mean I want it. And you people thought Jaja Binks was bad, wait till Disney gets a hold of this franchise. Is Tron II ringing any bells?