Have you heard? Those pesky ‘Star Wars’ installments that were supposedly never going to happen? Well. BY GUM THEY ARE. From the mouth of Disney CEO Robert A. Iger:
“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas. This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”
And from the man, the master, himself, George Lucas:
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.”
So! Who should direct these films? Joss Whedon would be my first pick naturally, but since he’s gone and endorsed Mitt Romney … well, I just don’t know that I can do that now.
Oh, and by the way? The whole deal went down for a little over FOUR BILLION DOLLARS. Not a bad penny, huh?