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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Disney Buys Lucasfilm, New Star Wars Planned for 2015

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 3:19 PM

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The Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm Ltd (which includes LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound) from George Lucas for a cool $4.05 billion on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Along with the transaction came the announcement that Disney intends to release a new Star Wars film every two to three years, starting with Star Wars: Episode 7 in 2015.

"It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers," Lucas said in a statement. "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."

See also:

20 Best Star Wars Costumes at the Giants Game

Star Wars Comic Book Artists Speak on the Birth of an Empire

The Internet is notably a'twitter that the likes of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are linking arms with Mickey Mouse, but most fans seemed to have a sense of humor about the transaction. The greatest disturbance in the force was acutely felt on Twitter, and Star Wars-related tweets hijacked our feed for several hours (I'm sorry, what was that? Sandy who?).

Here are some of our favorites:

While some fans were shocked and appalled by the acquisition, we have to wonder at the outrage. Wasn't The Phantom Menace basically a Disney movie anyway?

For more on the merger, watch George Lucas talking about the future of Star Wars with Lucasfilm, nee Disney co-chair Kathleen Kennedy.

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