Disney announces purchase of Lucasfilm and will make ‘Episode 7’

George Lucas Poses With A Group Of "Star Wars" Inspired Disney Characters At Disney's Hollywood Studios
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – AUGUST 14: In this handout image provided by Disney, “Star Wars” creator and filmmaker George Lucas meets a group of “Star Wars”-inspired Disney characters Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Lucas is in central Florida for “Star Wars Celebration V,” the official Lucasfilm fan event that is taking place this week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Todd Anderson/Disney via Getty Images)

By, Heather Maloney

In a shocking turn of events on Tuesday, Disney announced that they will be purchasing Lucasfilm for $4 billion and also that they will be releasing “Star Wars: Episode VII” in 2015. In a statement released today, George Lucas said, “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.”

Many “Star Wars” fans have been arguing if “Episode VII” would ever be made. While many fans are unsure if they are excited about this announcement or worried, it does bring new life back into the franchise. After Disney’s recent purchase of the Marvelfranchise, many fans were worried that their beloved characters would become too child friendly. After the recent Marvel releases, many have changed their mind and are looking forward to future projects.

Does this mean that the “Star Wars” television series can finally become a reality? Lucasfilm has stated that they have the television series all laid out, however the special effects required would be too expensive to make for the small screen with today’s technology. With the new infusion of capital from Disney, could this project come to the small screen sooner than was hoped? Time will tell if one should look forward to this or not.

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Published by: Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney is an avid Doctor Who and British science fiction fan. She attends the Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles annually, and facilitates the Doctor Who Panels for the Starfest Convention in Denver. During her active Doctor Who Fandom, she has met four Doctors, countless companions and numerous Doctor Who actors, writers and directors. Contact Heather at doctorwhoheather@gmail.com. http://www.examiner.com/user-doctorwhoheather

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