Disney buys LucasArts, promises Star Wars Episode Seven movie by 2015 (!)

Ever wish there were more Star Wars movies? I have. If you have too, then your wishes and mine have just been granted. Disney has just purchased LucasArts, the company of the founder of Star Wars, George Lucas, and the owner of the Star Wars franchise, for $4.05 billion. With the purchase, obviously, comes the rights to and ownership of the Star Wars franchise, from the movies to the cartoons to the t-shirts to the action figures and everything in between. Why did Disney drop $4.05 billion for a seemingly dead franchise? Because Disney plans on making money by releasing new Star Wars films.

As part of its announcement regarding the purchase of LucasArts, Disney has pledged to release Star Wars Episode Seven by 2015. Episode Seven will be followed up by one new Star Wars movie every two to three years; Episode Eight and Episode Nine are already on the tablet.

2015 may seem like a long time away but seeing as the last Star Wars movie was in 2005, waiting a few more years won’t hurt. Let’s just hope Disney doesn’t ruin the epic series. Then again, it is hard to ruin Star Wars for me — just show me the Jedi.

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