Disney Acquire Lucasfilm, New Star Wars Movies Coming, New Social Games

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.

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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.

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37 Comments

  1. Hopeful for the movies… 2 and a half great films from Lucas followed by 3 and a half, well… You know.

    LucasArts might have done better with some of their gaming IP though, but Disney Interactive are just woeful with though. Black Rock Studio is the lesson to be learned.

    Although following EA’s continued losses despite record FIFA sales & the re-emergence of Bf along with Premium show you AAA gaming & its expensive development is hardly worth the massive outlay needed and social gaming or mobile doesn’t have that problem, so perhaps Disney were just ahead of the curve and they’ll make money by licencing Star Wars & Indy out

    • EA have pledged 80 million for the 4th gen already & made profit in 2012.

      • Announced yesterday: “Electronic Arts has reported a net loss of $381 million for the three months ending in September” This is mainly down to weakened packaged good business, eg console games.

        EA have also revised downward their Q42012 (US Q4, not UK) figures by about $50m and they attributed this to to MoH:Warfighter being ‘soft’

        However, EA went on to present their results positively, the bright spots being digital & mobile which has grew massively to $1.4bn for the year.

        It’s pretty obvious the lower investment plus ever growing market will ensure focus changes in that direction over time.

      • Thats from July, so the news yesterday is relevant, they’ve made a loss.

        The CEO’s claims about mobile screams F2P at me too…

    • I feel like I’ve read that same comment before in another article and yet I still keep reading about Facebook’s social gaming poster child Zygna going down the drain.

      • Zygna couldn’t organise a pee up in a brewery these days, EA are growing incredibly strong here.

      • cc is very into the Mobile sector he champions it all the time.

  2. Don’t worry, Disney will stay true to the spirit of Star Wars.

    They’ve had the Star Wars license in their theme parks for years already, and have demonstrated a clear understanding of the Star Wars mythos:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIRQf0S3oD0

    And if you watched that, you may as well skip on ahead to this now:
    http://nooooooooooooooo.com/

  3. F-IN HELL!!! :D I didn’t see that coming. Hopefully the next 3 Star Wars movies will be better than the last 3 movies(the newer ones) :P (i doubt it tho)

  4. Letting someone make another star wars film is like letting a man add an extra brick to the bag of dead kittens he’s going to throw in the river. Three’s enough but he wants to make sure the dam thing never rises again.

    • Letting someone else make another star wars film is like letting another man wank off your Mrs. You want her to cum but you can’t be arsed to put the effort in yourself.

  5. Oh don’t all be so down about things. Firstly, all 6 star wars films so fqr are awesome, some more than others but all in their own way. Secondly Lucas wouldn’t sell his lifeblood Willy nilly without assurances, contracted, that things would be done in the specific way he approves of. To me, this makes no odds, in fact its good news as it means we’ll get more star wars films, and that can only be a good thing, right?

    • Did you just call the gigantic turds that are the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones ‘awesome?’

      Revenge of the Sith was only slightly better than those two (not hard), but was far from being great itself.

    • I agree. Disney is very capable and I’m not in the “OMG THEY RAPED STAR WARS” camp when it comes to the new triology. I also didn’t hate Matrix 2 and 3. I guess there’s something wrong with me. :P
      Tron Legacy was awesome and I’m sure Disney will do a new triology justice. Complain all you want but I’m sure every one of you will be standing in line at the movies when the new movies come out. ;)

      • Well. Disney can’t do much worse than Lucasfilm already has. Not only were Episodes 1-3 kinda meh, they also managed to “Revisionist history” 4-6. Incase anyone is unaware: Han shot first!

        Even with this aquisition, the only part of the Disney corp that I give a hoot about is their distribution rights to the Ghibli movies.

  6. Wow, Pixar, Marvel, and now Lucasfilm. Disney is now the most powerful entertainment studio ever.
    Personally, IMO- it was Lucas who F’d up both Star Wars (way to kill the mystic of the Force) and Indy. And While I’d still like to see more Star Wars and Indy movies, I really don’t care about episodes 7 8 9 and wish they write new original stories. The Skywalker story just seems like its already stretched to its limit. After all theres a whole galaxy to draw inspiration from. And as long as they keep indy in the 1930’s and leave out the aliens I’ll be happy.

  7. There must be something going on, maybe George is ill and wants to hand over his brand, it’s a bit odd to sell it after 35 years of never hinting at that intention. Also, no more movies please Disney, the comics that told the story after Return of The Jedi were bonkers enough!

  8. Lucas planned a bunch more films originally didn’t he? Hasn’t he said he didn’t feel the need to make them because the story has been filled in by so many other mediums.

    • He did originally have a third triology in mind and as far as I know he reserved a certain timeframe after the end of episode 6 (50 years) for 7-9 so book authors wouldn’t tell any stories that have temporal conflicts with potential sequels to 6.

      • I don’t know where you got that from, but it didn’t happen – The Truce At Bakura follows on directly from E6. Unless you mean that E7-9 will take place fifty years after E6, in which case it could be a disaster for those who read the books since they blatantly won’t stay canon.

      • I forgot where I read / heard about it and apparently it’s complete bollocks but from Lucas’ point of view it’s a very dumb descission to allow books to be published that pick up at the end of Episode 6 when he always had a third triology in mind, even if he didn’t actively pursue that possibility in recent years.

        Quote:

        In 1979, director George Lucas said in an interview on the set of The Empire Strikes Back, “The first script was one of six original stories I had written in the form of two trilogies. After the success of Star Wars, I added another trilogy. So now there are nine stories. The original two trilogies were conceived of as six films of which the first film was number four.” Lucas backed this up with a 1980 interview with the L.A. Reader, stating “Star Wars is really three trilogies, nine films… it won’t be finished for probably another 20 years.”

        Source: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sequel_Trilogy

  9. well, they certainly can’t make it worse, can they?

    they should start exploiting the franchise with blu-ray versions of the original theatrical releases!

    • HAHAHA exactly! When I saw Minnie in the Princess Leia costume, I admit I was kind of devastated. But then I thought, what could it hurt?

    • Unfortunately, you’re right…. :-S

  10. I really hope the next few films won’t overuse CGI as bloody Lucas ruined Star wars a bit by using it too much. I swear there are parts of Episode 3 that had no reason to be CGI and they went and did it anyway. If Lucas is kept away from this and the films are as good as the first two(would have said the first trilogy but i now understand why star wars died for some people at ROTJ), then tis a good thing although Star Wars 1313 may end up being canned as Disney hates funding major titles and prefer doing smaller, cheaper titles so we will most likely see a lot of social games. If there is a film for Jar Jar binks, someone is getting a lightsaber through the nuts.

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