Disney has today agreed to acquire Lucasfilm, a move that will see the company also own the lucrative Star Wars license, much the shock of many.
In terms of movies, that means that a new Star Wars movie is coming, with Episode 7 currently penned for a 2015 release and Kathleen Kennedy producing. New films “every 2 or 3 years” after that are planned – Episodes 8 and 9 being the obvious ones.
The deal is worth over $4 billion.
How this will affect the Star Wars video games lineage is yet to be fully realised, but the adult-themed 1313 spin off game is apparently still going ahead. “For the time being all projects are business as usual,” said a spokesperson for Lucasarts.
“We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings.”
However, Disney’s CEO Robert Iger has a slightly different goal. “We’re likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console,” he said.
“We’ll look opportunistically at console, most likely in licensing rather than publishing, but we think that given the nature of these characters and how well known they are, and the storytelling, that they lend themselves quite nicely, as they’ve already demonstrated to the other platforms.
Disney will also, as part of the deal, acquire ILM and the rights to the Indiana Jones license.