JCC Spoilers beyond this point: The "ZOMG Episode VII" Thread

Discussion in 'Community' started by -polymath-, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. -polymath- SFF:F/TV Trivia Host

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    This is a spoilers allowed thread. If you don't want to be spoiled... don't read it. Dummy.



    So, I just saw this news and I thought it was fairly significant given what we all do around here.

    Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

    Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.

    “Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”

    “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. 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 under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

    Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and “evergreen” Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies[IMG] that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

    Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

    The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.

    Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm’s legendary Star Wars franchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term. Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks. Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has made Star Wars one of the world’s top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney’s strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.

    The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney’s very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company’s unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology[IMG] and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value. Adding Lucasfilm to Disney’s portfolio of world class brands significantly enhances the company’s ability to serve consumers with a broad variety of the world’s highest-quality content and to create additional long-term value for our shareholders.

    The Boards of Directors of Disney and Lucasfilm have approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement has been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.
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  2. TheGuardianofArlon Force Ghost

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    Oh great is Kingdom Hearts going to have Darth Vader fight Mickey Mouse now?
  3. -polymath- SFF:F/TV Trivia Host

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    I think the most significant line is: "Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future."
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  4. jp-30 Manager Emeritus

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    Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

    WTF?
  5. Juliet316 Chosen One

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    UGH! I remember what happened when Disney owned the Power Rangers. I don't want to see that kind of remastering and digitizing to happen to Star Wars.
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  7. TheModFavorite Force Ghost

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    i foresee the mouseketeers being a new race in the star wars universe.
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  8. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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    When can we expect the saga reboot?
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  10. -polymath- SFF:F/TV Trivia Host

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    Source is comingsoon.net, foxnews, hollywood reporter, etc. etc.
  11. TheGuardianofArlon Force Ghost

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    So Disney owns Marvel and Lucasfilm...

    Better not buy DC..

    edit: Star Wars 7? What's it going to be? Star Wars VII: The Gungan Alliance?
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  13. Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus

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    This is something we've discussed many times before in our many discussions about the future of Star Wars. Lucas would want to start planning for the survival of his business and succession of its top leadership. His best option for his heirs would probably be sale to a major studio. I've said before that the only company that does licensing and merchandising as well as or better than Lucas is Disney. They are well-equipped to keep the Star Wars licensing stream going. It's an obvious choice. Also, they have Star Tours. Integrating Star Wars and the theme parks even more is a potential gold mine.
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  15. PrincessKenobi New Films Manager of DOOM

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    At least it's Disney and they didn't screw up Avengers. I can only hope they don't destroy my childhood anymore like the rest of Hollywood....
  16. Thrawn1786 Force Ghost

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    As long as Star Wars Episode 7 does not mean movies of a quality like the Ewok films, I'm okay with this. Almost intrigued, really. Disney is smart enough to know what works and what doesn't, and I believe they will retain what works the most for SW. Disney acquiring Marvel is the best example of this. Everyone went crazy thinking they would Disney-fy the Marvel universe; instead, we got one of the best superhero films ever in The Avengers, with a guarantee that the Marvel film franchise will continue for a long time at the same quality rate. Disney has also done excellent work with the Muppets, with re-releasing the classic films on DVD and Blu-Ray and fully selling their latest movie last year. There's also a Muppet sequel in the works for the future. And lord knows the Muppets and Marvel have two of the most hardcore fanbases out there. So yeah...I say give Disney a chance. It can't be worse than some of the stuff Lucasfilm has come up with.
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  17. -polymath- SFF:F/TV Trivia Host

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    Financially this is a win-win for both sides of the transaction and as Jabbadabado wrote, it was the obvious choice. But good Moses, $4.05 billion? Sole shareholder being Lucas...wow, what a payday.
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  19. Miana Kenobi Costuming & Props Mod - Retired Admin

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    For the most part, Disney has been incredibly hands-off in terms of dealing with Marvel.

    I honestly am speechless and don't know what to say right now. SO many questions.
  20. TheModFavorite Force Ghost

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    maybe they'll re-do beauty and the beast, and fill the beast's role with chewbacca.
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  21. TheGuardianofArlon Force Ghost

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    Fallen to the Dark Side...George has...dark clouds ahead...
  22. solojones Chosen One

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    Yeah, and Marvel has really gone down the tubes since they bought them, too.

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    We knew Lucas was done with filmmaking. Thank God he finally decided to pull the trigger and let someone else take over. Disney has had a very long and fruitful partnership with Lucas in the parks.

    I have to say, though, I'm completely shocked about the Episode VII thing. Fans have joked about it for so long without any expectation that it would actually happen. I got to assume they will set it fairly far in the future. And maybe they'll draw on some of the EU, but hopefully it's more nods than being beholden to it.

    But dude, how long do you think it'll take before J.J. Abrams calls Disney begging to direct?
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  23. JoinTheSchwarz Comms Admin & Community Manager

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    Yeah, I'd expect Lucasfilm to have a big deal of creative liberty, judging by the Pixar and Marvel precedents.

    Should be... interesting.
  24. Jedi_Jimbo Jedi Grand Master

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    [IMG]

    This sums up my entire feeling about this!
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  25. Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One

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    I actually chuckled at this! Well done!