Disney buying Lucasfilm

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Disney buying Lucasfilm
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Wed, 10-31-2012 - 10:11am

Walt Disney Co. is buying Lucasfilm in a $4 billion deal that brings the best-selling "Star Wars" franchise under the Disney umbrella, with plans to release Episode 7 of the long-running saga in 2015.

Disney has long had a close relationship with closely held Lucasfilm and founder George Lucas, including featured attractions at Disney theme parks such as Star Tours at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida.

"It's now time for me to pass 'Star Wars' on to a new generation of filmmakers," said Lucas, 68, in a statement.

http://bottomline.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/30/14809629-disney-buying-lucasfilm-will-release-new-star-wars-movie-in-2015?lite

It's going to be interesting to see how Disney continues the Star Wars saga; speculation is running rampant in this article..
http://entertainment.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/30/14810805-star-wars-7-will-need-the-force-to-be-with-it?lite

One good point brought up by MTV's Josh Wigler-- which characters will we see onscreen? He's wondering if iconic roles will be recast -- can a 70-year-old Harrison Ford still play a believable Han Solo, and would anyone accept another actor in the role?

I don't know... Harrison Ford as Han Solo was always my favorite character in the movies; I just can't picture anyone else taking that role. *sigh*

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Wed, 10-31-2012 - 12:59pm

I just read about this, and not sure how I feel about it.  I think it will either be a great success or a total bomb!

I agree with you about Harrison Ford, although since he is getting older they might be able to recast.  Who thought you would ever accept other actor playing the role of James Kirk, but they did an awesome job with casting.  I think it will be interesting to see them take it into the future, and there is still a lot of story they can tell.   My boys enjoy the cartoon version so I'm sure they would want to see a new series of movies.  They aren't as closely tied to the characters like Han Solo as I am.  I still get eye rolls when I call Episode 4 Star Wars!

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Thu, 11-01-2012 - 11:55am

melissamc wrote:
<p>I just read about this, and not sure how I feel about it.  I think it will either be a great success or a total bomb!</p><p>I agree with you about Harrison Ford, although since he is getting older they might be able to recast.  Who thought you would ever accept other actor playing the role of James Kirk, but they did an awesome job with casting.  I think it will be interesting to see them take it into the future, and there is still a lot of story they can tell.   My boys enjoy the cartoon version so I'm sure they would want to see a new series of movies.  They aren't as closely tied to the characters like Han Solo as I am.  I still get eye rolls when I call Episode 4 Star Wars!</p>

I agree; there is still a lot of story they can build on and I'll probably enjoy watching whatever they come up with. But, Harrison Ford will forever be my perfect Han Solo... and I still call Episode IV Star Wars, too. Dang it, that's what it was when I first saw it and that it shall remain in my head! LOL