By Aaron Short
Do you think George Lucas ever thought that Star Wars would make him a multi-billionaire? Maybe, in a galaxy far far away, that might have crossed his mind.
In a huge deal announced earlier this week, George Lucas’ production company, Lucas Films, has been sold to Disney for a whopping $4.05 billion dollars. That’s not all. Part of the deal calls for the continuing of the saga with “Star Wars Episode 7” rumored to come out in 2015.
The sale to Disney is probably sending a few fans of the saga into panic mode, but they’ll need not worry, Lucas will stay on as a creative consultant for the pending new chapter of the Star Wars series.
"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", Lucas explained in a statement issued after the deal. "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. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm, having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come."
Just over a decade ago, Lucas released the latest Stars Wars movies, Episode’s 1-3, which tell the story of Anakin Skywalker’s rise to become Darth Vader. Episode 7 will likely follow the story line leading off from 1983’s Episode 6: Return of the Jedi.
That probably won’t be all either, expect Episode’s 8 and 9 to round off the series’ third trilogy. But you can bet this deal probably has a few fans saying, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”