Set Blasters to Stunned: Lucasfilm Purchased by Walt Disney Company

Heads up all you scruffy looking nerf-herders, The Walt Disney Company has purchased Lucasfilm and all properties associated with it for the bantha poodoo inducing price of 4.05 billion Imperial Credits (U.S. dollars and Disney stock). Properties and firms to be transferred to Disney include Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucas Arts, and Skywalker Sound.

Along with this surprising news, a recent Walt Disney press release announced that a new trilogy of Star Wars movies will begin production on Episode VII, slated for release in 2015, with VIII and IX likely coming out every two years after that (never tell me the odds).

The internet is nearing critical mass with rumors of what expanded universe material the trilogy may be based upon (if any), with the popular opinion leaning towards an adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy. According to E online, however, that won’t be the case. An “inside source” implied that the upcoming movie trilogy will be a completely original story, unrelated to Zahn’s novels, but it’s important to note that this has yet to be confirmed. It was confirmed in the article, however, that George Lucas had met with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher during the summer to let them know about the upcoming trilogy in advance. Whether or not the pair, along with 70-year-old actor Harrison Ford, will appear in the new movies is unknown at this time.

On the comics side of the industry, Dark Horse has been distributing Star Wars comics for some 20 years. It’s hard to miss the connection that Disney now owns both Star Wars and Marvel, which of course begs the question; could the property soon be finding a new hope in a company not so far, far away? When IGN.com contacted Dark Horse on the subject President Mike Richardson responded, “Dark Horse and LucasFilm have a strong partnership which spans over 20 years, and has produced multiple characters and story lines which are now part of the Star Wars lore. Star Wars will be with us for the near future. Obviously, this deal changes the landscape, so we’ll all have to see what it means for the future.” Some of you may recall that the Disney-owned Pixar properties that were being published by BOOM! Studios were moved to Marvel shortly after Disney purchased them, so If history tells us anything, smart money seems to be on Star Wars reverting to them as well. For the time being, Brian Wood’s Star Wars comic is still slated for a 2013 launch at Dark Horse, which is excellent, because yay Brian Wood.

What the acquisition means for the future of other various projects, such as the video game Star Wars 1313, is largely unknown. When IGN.com contacted LucasArts for a statement they responded, “For the time being all projects are business as usual. We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings.”

Keep it pinned on Capeless Crusader as more Star Wars news unfolds!