By now, we’ve all heard the news about the Disney Corporation acquiring LucasFilm for a massive $4.05 billion. The following video features Disney’s CEO Bob Iger breaking down the deal between Disney and LucasFilm, as well as George Lucas explaining the future of Star Wars.
This mind-blowing announcement also included the promise of a new Star Wars movie in 2015. And not just any old Star Wars movie, but Star Wars: Episode VII. Yes, the movie we’ve been promised since 1983. Iger also teases that there is more to come, and clarifies that Disney not only acquired LucasFilm, they get every George Lucas property. That included LucasArts, Skywalker Sound, THX, and Industrial, Light, & Magic (ILM).
Interestingly, Iger mentions a TV property and Theme Park opportunities. Will we also get the long-awaited Star Wars TV series? Will we see an expanded and dedicated “Star Wars Land” at Disney World? It really does seem like the sky is the limit for Disney with LucasFilm under its umbrella. As the video above states, “The Star Wars universe now has more than 17,000 characters, inhabiting several thousand planets, and spanning over several thousand years.” It will be fascinating to see how Disney will capitalize on those characters in the years ahead.
Disney now owns Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, and The Muppet Studio, along with LucasFilm. Disney just needs to acquire Looney Tunes and Nintendo to completely own the childhoods of millions of people around the world. The Disney and LucasFilm deal is like when you first saw Donald Duck & Duffy Duck on the same screen together, or Mickey Mouse & Bugs Bunny interacting with each other in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? It’s unexpected and weird but at the same time a joy to watch. Let’s hope the Disney/Lucasfilm deal will have a happy ending.