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Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by Dalton » 2012-10-30 04:07pm

This does not appear to be a joke
Great news! The Force is coming to Disney!

Bob Iger just announced that The Walt Disney Company is acquiring Lucasfilm – the global entertainment company founded by George Lucas and the home of the legendary Star Wars franchise. In addition to getting the rights to one of the greatest family franchises and epic stories of all time, Disney is also acquiring all of Lucasfilm’s operating businesses – including Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound.

Did you know? The Star Wars universe now has more than 17,000 characters inhabiting several thousand planets spanning 20,000 years. This gives Disney infinite inspiration and opportunities to continue the epic Star Wars saga. Fans can expect a new feature film, Star Wars Episode 7, in theaters worldwide in 2015. George Lucas will serve as creative consultant on the film and Kathleen Kennedy, the filmmaker George handpicked to lead Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the rest of Lucasfilm into the future will be the executive producer (she’s also joining Disney as president of Lucasfilm). With this many characters to develop and stories to tell, Disney plans to release a new Star Wars feature film every two or three years for the foreseeable future.

We’ve actually had a great working relationship with Lucasfilm for years -- with Star Wars and Indiana Jones themed attractions in our parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo. So, we’re starting with a strong foundation and compatible brands – and the addition of Lucasfilm Ltd. will support our growth strategy and create even more opportunity for Disney to create incredible entertainment and drive significant long-term value for our shareholders.

You can find more information about Disney’s exciting acquisition of Lucasfilm here.
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Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by JME2 » 2012-10-30 04:17pm

...Honestly, I don't know what to think of this. At the very least, I'm stunned Lucas would sell his own company.

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Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by Eframepilot » 2012-10-30 04:23pm

Bob Iger just announced that The Walt Disney Company is acquiring Lucasfilm – the global entertainment company founded by George Lucas and the home of the legendary Star Wars franchise.
No!
In addition to getting the rights to one of the greatest family franchises and epic stories of all time, Disney is also acquiring all of Lucasfilm’s operating businesses – including Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound.
That's not true!
Did you know? The Star Wars universe now has more than 17,000 characters inhabiting several thousand planets spanning 20,000 years. This gives Disney infinite inspiration and opportunities to continue the epic Star Wars saga. Fans can expect a new feature film, Star Wars Episode 7, in theaters worldwide in 2015.
THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!
George Lucas will serve as creative consultant on the film and Kathleen Kennedy, the filmmaker George handpicked to lead Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the rest of Lucasfilm into the future will be the executive producer (she’s also joining Disney as president of Lucasfilm). With this many characters to develop and stories to tell, Disney plans to release a new Star Wars feature film every two or three years for the foreseeable future.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by Bounty » 2012-10-30 04:27pm

Star Wars has just turned into Pirates of the Caribbean. With lasers.

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Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by Skywalker_T-65 » 2012-10-30 04:29pm

Okay, Episode VII isn't THAT bad. Even if they botched it we could just ignore it (though it would lead to more 'Nah nah, G-Canon trumps your stupid EU' nonsense). But a new SW movie every two to three years???!!!

That part just makes me go look at the calender and see if it is suddenly April Fools Day...

EDIT: And what Bounty said :P
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Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by Tsyroc » 2012-10-30 04:29pm

It should help the Marvel movies getting first dibs on SFX. :D

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Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by Eframepilot » 2012-10-30 04:31pm

Does this mean that Star Wars will be in the next Kingdom Hearts?

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Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by Darth Tedious » 2012-10-30 04:31pm

With Disney's attitude to copyright, I'd say the 501st could be disbanding in the forseeable future.

At least when the sequels come out, people will realise that the prequels weren't so bad.

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Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by Bounty » 2012-10-30 04:36pm

I wonder if these makes Leia an official Disney Princess?

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Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by Skywalker_T-65 » 2012-10-30 04:36pm

I can't wait to see how much they murder the EU. If TCW is anything to go by, well...bye bye EU :P

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Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by Dartzap » 2012-10-30 04:40pm

I wonder if its down to him wanting his live action series to come into existence sometime in the next few years? That or he needs a bloody big yacht.
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Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by Battlehymn Republic » 2012-10-30 04:41pm

Disney bought Marvel and I can't tell what difference resulted.

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Episode 7 coming amid Disney purchase of lucasfilms

Post by Themightytom » 2012-10-30 04:42pm

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q= ... Surprising news has just hit as George Lucas agrees the sale of Lucasfilm to Walt Disney Pictures with Star Wars Episode 7 targeted for 2015.
George Lucas will now pass on his beloved Star Wars franchise to a new generation of film makers to breath new life into the hugely popular sci-fi fantasy series.

The full press release on the Lucasfilm sale to Disney can be read below;

Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company 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.

Note: Additional information and comments from Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, and Jay Rasulo, senior executive vice president and CFO, The Walt Disney Company, regarding Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, are attached.

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Re: Disney to acquire Lucasfilm

Post by JME2 » 2012-10-30 04:44pm

Bounty wrote:I wonder if these makes Leia an official Disney Princess?
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by irishmick79 » 2012-10-30 04:47pm

Bounty wrote:I wonder if these makes Leia an official Disney Princess?
That would just be...weird.
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Post by Themightytom » 2012-10-30 04:48pm

I'm not worried about Disney buying it, but this could wreak havoc on the EU.

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Post by Panzersharkcat » 2012-10-30 04:48pm

Eframepilot wrote:Does this mean that Star Wars will be in the next Kingdom Hearts?
That'd be kind of cool if they did. Han Solo meeting Tony Stark would be kind of awesome. Also, Heartless Palpatine.
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Post by Jon » 2012-10-30 04:51pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20146942

Episode 7, 8 and 9 on the way, apparently.

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Post by Galvatron » 2012-10-30 05:00pm

This happened 20 years too late. At least Disney might have given us acceptable prequels by taking control away from Lucas.

Unfortunately, I'm at a loss to imagine a compelling storyline that would justify three more sequel episodes.

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Post by Nephtys » 2012-10-30 05:02pm

...People care about the EU? And it's not contradictory enough already?

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Post by Stark » 2012-10-30 05:04pm

Bounty wrote:Star Wars has just turned into Pirates of the Caribbean. With lasers.
Sounds like success to me.

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Post by Captain Seafort » 2012-10-30 05:04pm

Stark wrote:
Bounty wrote:Star Wars has just turned into Pirates of the Caribbean. With lasers.
Sounds like success business as usual to me.
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Post by Galvatron » 2012-10-30 05:06pm

I wonder if this means fans will finally get the un-fucked-with OT on blu-ray now.

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Post by Col. Crackpot » 2012-10-30 05:08pm

Some of the worst news i've heard all day and i just lived through a goddamn hurricane. Hyperbole aside, I fucking hate the Disney Corporation and fully expect the raping of the franchise to commence prior to the Christmas shopping season.
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Post by Galvatron » 2012-10-30 05:13pm

I must be the only one who sees this as good news.
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