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#1 of 212 Patrick Sun

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Posted October 30 2012 - 08:19 AM

http://thewaltdisney...e-lucasfilm-ltd http://www.forbes.co...r-4-05-billion/
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Posted October 30 2012 - 08:21 AM

http://blog.sfgate.c...-for-4-billion/ Just when you thought the HTF Fanboy Wars ended with the BluRay SW set ;) George has gone on record about how hurt he felt by the sometimes savage criticism the prequels came in for, and that he was done with SW. I guess this is his way of both ensuring a golden retirement for himself, and to allow his baby to continue on for pretty much ever, as Disney isn't about to let SW sit idle. For all their flaws, I still love the prequels, and while I'm giddy at the idea of an actual sequel trilogy, I will miss George's touch, crap dialogue and all. PS-- I wonder if this means OOT on Blu at last???
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Posted October 30 2012 - 08:24 AM

I guess I was composing my post as you posted this. Patrick, could I request that my now-redundant thread be merged into this one?
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Posted October 30 2012 - 08:28 AM

Holy Cow! Another Star Wars film!? There's no way they could screw that up!

#5 of 212 Robert Crawford

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Posted October 30 2012 - 08:32 AM

I don't know how this is good for the consumer as Disney becomes even larger than the 800 lb Gorilla it is now.








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Posted October 30 2012 - 08:35 AM

Woohoo!!! Star Wars 7 - The Return of Good Star Wars Movies!!!!!!!!!!!! Get Pixar and/or Brad Bird involved!
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Posted October 30 2012 - 08:39 AM

If Disney has the common sense to keep Lucas as far away from this new trilogy as possible then I might be able to muster up some bit of enthusiasm for it.

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Posted October 30 2012 - 08:41 AM

First Marvel and now Lucas.  The Mouse is on the march!



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Posted October 30 2012 - 08:44 AM

Hopefully this means Lucas will actually follow through on his "small indie films that no one will like" mantra as he will not need to worry about the operations of a large company.


The Star Wars news can go either way. I doubt Lucas will be involved much more than a general consultant, so it if they get some solid creative talent behind it they could be good, especially since they will need to establish new characters right away that need to appeal to the masses to keep a film franchise going. I'm sure Disney is already looking for a Marvel-like brain trust.


Disney owning ILM could be an interesting development to watch as well.


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Posted October 30 2012 - 08:48 AM

Is Disney trying to be the next WB? When will these monopolies stop?

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Posted October 30 2012 - 08:49 AM

Crap, I didn't see this thread, I posted too quick, you can kill the other one.. quote from Disney:



The last Star Wars movie release was 2005's Revenge of the Sith – and we believe there's substantial pent up demand. In 2015, we're planning to release Star Wars Episode 7 – the first feature film under the "Disney-Lucasfilm" brand. That will be followed by Episodes 8 and 9 – and our long term plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years. We're very happy that George Lucas will be creative consultant on our new Star Wars films and that Kathleen Kennedy, the current Co-Chair of Lucasfilm, will executive produce. George handpicked Kathy earlier this year to lead Lucasfilm into the future. She'll join Disney as President of Lucasfilm, reporting into Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and integrating and building the Star Wars franchise across our company.


Please, Disney, you already have a deal with Timothy Zahn.. do the right thing here, give us THRAWN!!!


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Posted October 30 2012 - 08:51 AM

Maybe now we'll finally get the remastered anamorphic theatrical versions of Eps. IV-VI...

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Posted October 30 2012 - 09:01 AM

Lucas Comment:



“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.”



Lucas value in this transaction: 2.1xxxxB  Well, not a bad day at the office.


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Posted October 30 2012 - 09:02 AM

Originally Posted by BobO'Link 

Maybe now we'll finally get the remastered anamorphic theatrical versions of Eps. IV-VI...


They just said that Fox still has distribution rights for SW 1-6, which means it's unlikely new releases are imminent.


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Posted October 30 2012 - 09:03 AM

Originally Posted by Brandon Conway 


They just said that Fox still has distribution rights for SW 1-6, which means it's unlikely new releases are imminent.

How long does that deal lasts?


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Posted October 30 2012 - 09:04 AM

I'm taking this as exciting news! I am so happy about the news!
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Posted October 30 2012 - 09:05 AM

Originally Posted by Adam Gregorich 

First Marvel and now Lucas.  The Mouse is on the march!


I said the same thing to a work friend.  Marvel, Pixar and now LucasFilm.  What's next?


This is just really mind blowing right now...



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Posted October 30 2012 - 09:06 AM

The one thing that makes me sad about the Disney deal? No more 20th Century Fox logo. For years, until I started watching other movies, other Fox movies, the Fox Fanfare was part of the Star Wars theme. As a little kid back in the seventies, listening to the Story of Star Wars hundreds of times over and over again, the two were inseparable in my mind. Even today it just doesn't seem right to have the theme sans Fanfare. So Disney Castle instead of spotlights? I'll miss the way it was. . . .

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Posted October 30 2012 - 09:11 AM

Originally Posted by Robert Crawford 

How long does that deal lasts?


Only they know, but it wouldn't surprise me that when they got rights to the PT that they made sure they had longstanding ones.


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Posted October 30 2012 - 09:12 AM

On the way home from school, my kids and I were just laughing about Star Wars remade with the Disney characters. Imagine, if you will, Vader's dramatic reveal to Luke from Empire, but with Darth Goofy and Mickey Skywalker instead. We were cracking up doing the voices in the car!
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