I've been posting day in and out about this, so I figured I'd make a thread as people seem to be confused as to what this means. I was a lurker here during the anticipation of Revenge of the Sith, I just joined when I saw the Season 5 trailer for The Clone Wars that showed the Sidious vs Maul battle. I see some of the same names creeping up again, but my memory is foggy as I was quite young. Good to be apart of this one! Well, I'll start off by saying I'm in college and I've been taking business classes (I'm taking a 12 credit hour load). I feel incredibly old now, I was 11 years old when Revenge of the Sith came out, I will be 21 when Episode VII comes out. Anyways, I've learned quite a bit about economics and how it works, and how, specifically, a cooperation work. When you merge a company as popular as LFL with another popular company, you don't just phase out the company. While it can happen with lesser companies, it doesn't happen with two multi-billion companies that often. LFL was sold out for 4 billion dollars, that means though that they're getting money to make this movie, and will it won't be managed by LucasFilm. As we have been bringing up, Pixar and Marvel Studios were also sold out for billions to Disney (2006 and 2009 respectively), you will notice that the quality of their movies haven't decreased or increased. Truth be told, The Avengers was the first completely from start of production to release a Disney/Marvel Studio development. Disney gave Marvels' The Avengers a handsoff approach, that is they allowed Joss Whedon and co. to make, direct, and shoot the movie. If you had watched the Avengers, you would have noticed in the beginning it opens up with the same, classic, Marvel logo for Spider-Man, Iron Man, etc. I haven't seen the Avengers long enough to remember if there's a Disney logo in front of it, but if there's one to Episode 7, it won't be the 'fairy tale' opening that we all associate Disney with. Tron for example, is a prime example of this. True, I will sorely miss the Fox Fanfare opening a lot, I've come to associate that with Star Wars. Whenever my parents start a movie up, and the classic *bum bum, bum bum, bummbabumbum* comes up, my heart immediately jumps to STAR WARS. But, I can let that go. If you take a close look at the trends for the last few years, it's been obvious that they've been trying to rake in some cash for a new movie. Now you may be thinking 'wait a minute, didn't Episode I-III rake in billions of dollars of cash?', well that all spreads out throughout the company, and you will find in the end that there is very little to be spent on production of further movies. Taxes have to be paid, salaries have to be given, actors need to be paid, extremely expensive equipment needs to be paid for, all of that comes into paying off everyone who worked on the movies. You'd be surprised how quickly billions of dollars can go in a few years (cough, Government bailouts, cough). Truth be told, the Star Wars prequel movies made much less than we think they did for LFL. That's why the Live Action series has been on hold, and the Clone Wars animated series is the way it is, it is simply way too expensive to make new Star Wars movies. The recession hit in 2008, that had an impact on them I am certain. This is were my personal speculation comes in, I believe it is it's clear that around 2010, they came up with the idea "hey, lets make enough money to make a new Star Wars movie", this was rumored and spread around. LucasFilm quicky denied this, but it's entirely possible in my opinion that it was so. http://furiousfanboys.com/2010/10/star-wars-sequel-trilogy-due-in-2019/ (Published in October 2010) That's why we've been seeing the Blu-Ray releases, and the 3D re-releases in theaters, it appears they were planning, or perhaps had slowly started to make, Episode VII's script and develop it for a release in the late 2010s, probably 2017-2019. The Blu-Rays were controversial, but they made a decent amount of money. However, the 3D re-release of Phantom Menace fell flat, and they've had to push Episode II and Episodes III re-releases to October 2013, so they can make as much money as possible. Red Tails also didn't do great, which is even worse news. Those will more than likely be cancelled. Selling to Disney would be the only option to keep the company alive, IMO. Selling to Disney allows for LucasFilm to have enough money to produce and develop a new Star Wars movie, 3 or more. However, the assumption is that Disney will write, produce, etc the new Star Wars movie. Episode VII will be treated with the same reverence as Pixar films and Marvel movies are by Disney, a handsoff approach. Disney isn't stupid, despite being responsible for the abomination of some of the most worthless shows (Hanna Montana, Wizarding Hills, etc), they know how big of a deal this is. Loyal, hardcore Star Wars fans produce a huge amount of the money for these movies. Why else would they be popular? They'll give us what we want, a real Star Wars film. They're a cooperation first before everything, and you have to think of what you're going to percent to your target audience. Disney knows how to do that. When they say "family entertainment", they're meaning it will appeal to everyone, men, women, children. They're going to make sure that LFL produces a good Star Wars. So relax, Disney isn't going to ruin Star Wars, if anything it may be responsible for the salvation of the Star Wars franchise. You're just going to have to adjust to the changes, because times are tough and this is the result. Sit back and watch, the next 3 years will be very interesting.