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Disney buys STAR WARS

http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/disney-acquires-lucasfilm-star-wars-creator/

Can't think this will be a good thing for Dark Horse, which is one of the few companies left I actually like.

~R

Comments

  • As with when Disney bought Marvel, existing licenses have to be honored and won't necessarily be bought out.
  • Geezus, has it really been THREE YEARS since Disney acquired Marvel? That doesn't sound right.
  • so now Leia has joined the disney princesses. 
  • But how long is Dark Horse's license good for?  "Near future" doesn't sound very long.

    I don't particularly care about Star Wars itself.  I just see this is as one more thing controlled by a huge media empire.  Increasingly, the answer to "What does Disney not own?" seems to be simply "GE, NewsCorp, Warner, Viacom, and CBS".
  • Most of the discussion has centered on Star Wars -- and well, I say without hyperbole that I wouldn't be who I am today without the original trilogy -- but the other thing that's getting talked about far less: ILM has previously been a vendor to all the major studios/production houses. (And I hope I'm correct in assuming that this acquisition includes all of Lucasfilm's assets/divisions).

    The industry's premiere special effects vendor is now being controlled by a single studio. That could affect American films much more profoundly than Disney owning (and possibly further corrupting) Star Wars.
  • According to this article, Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm was primarily focused on Star Wars - anything above and beyond is considered a "bonus."

    They did say they had no immediate plans for Indiana Jones, however.
  • What I find to be interesting is the cycle of ownership:

    1) LucasFilm creates PIXAR, which branches off and contracts with Disney
    2) Disney CEO Michael Eisner is ousted by the Board, replaced by PIXAR CEO John Lasseter
    3) John Lasseter buys PIXAR - so Disney owns PIXAR, but PIXAR runs Disney
    4) Years later, Disney buys LucasFilm

    Yes. The circle is complete!
  • ...So no WILLOW sequel then?
  • I'm sure someone will reboot it in 12 years....
  • I was "joking" on Twitter that I need to act fast to get my name in the ring for the Howard the Duck: The Movie reboot DisMarveLucas is clearly being formed for.
  • Four years onward, and the changes have indeed continued at speed.
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