Disney Buys Lucasfilm
4.05 Billion dollars……wow…..
from the article:
“On a Tuesday conference call, the company’s executives began mapping out Lucasfilm’s future. Disney will, for one, make more “Star Wars” movies. Following one slated for release in 2015, the company said “more feature films [are] expected to continue the ‘Star Wars’ saga and grow the franchise well into the future.” It will also find ways to use “Star Wars” throughout its businesses, including theme parks, consumer products, television and so on. “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,” George Lucas said in a statement. “I’m confident ‘Star Wars’ will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.“
Now, with the plan to be a new Star Wars movie every 2-3 years, starting with EP VII- post RotJ, that means a lot of potential for the Expanded Universe to be translated into film. Which means, the Thrawn Trilogy could be made into a movie. I am willing to bet there will be new tv series, animated or live action- or both, based on the Young Jedi Knights books.
Finally, George has decided to stay involved for consultation services but will stay away from the writing and directing aspects of the new movies.