Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4 billion

Clearly The Walt Disney Company plans on taking over all of geekdom, what with their recent acquisition of Marvel and now Lucasfilm in its entirety. Announced in San Francisco yesterday, George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm (which includes Lucasfilm Ltd., Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound and the game development and publishing offshoot LucasArts) to The Walt Disney Company for a tidy $4.05 billion.

“For the past 35 years,” George Lucas said, “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. 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.”

Along with the announcement of the sale, came the confirmation that Star Wars: Episode VII is in development; the new feature film will be released in 2015.

The first thing that sprang to mind after this announcement was the upcoming and gritty Star Wars 1313. From what’s been shown off so far of the game, the themes are decidedly un-Disney. LucasArts, the developer and publisher for Star Wars 1313 said it’s “business as usual” and that the team is “excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings.”

While that sounds like good news indeed, Disney’s CEO Robert Iger had this to say regarding the future of game development through LucasArts: “We’re likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console. We’ll look opportunistically at console, most likely in licensing rather than publishing, but we think that given the nature of these characters and how well known they are, and the storytelling, that they lend themselves quite nicely, as they’ve already demonstrated to the other platforms.”

Queue Jar-Jar’s Moisture Farmville Facebook game in 3, 2…

Source: The Walt Disney Company
Via: Polygon
Image: The Walt Disney Company

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