ILM, Lucasarts and all Lucasfilm subsidiaries chucked in Mickey’s pot.
George Lucas has signed away Lucasfilm to Disney for the cool total of $4.05billion, included in the deal were all the company’s subsidiaries including Lucasarts and ILM.
How does this effect games? Currently we’re unsure but Disney has already committed to three new Star Wars films, with the first due in 2015.
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said legendary beard icon, George Lucas.
“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.”
Disney has been very active in the acquisition stakes recently buying up Pixar studios for $7.4bn in 2006 and Marvel comics for $4.2bn in 2009, so this recent move is all part of their three year cycle to buy all up all valuable entertainment properties on the planet – or that’s what we think.
There are currently two Star Wars products still in development, The Old Republic (MMOs never really exit development) and 1313 – both of which are set to go ahead as planned. We suspect there will be changes down the line, but with this news so fresh lots of internal investigations need to go down before anything is finalised.
We hope this move by Disney leads to more Star Wars-related games being released, as we could really go for some X-Wing vs Tie Fighter 2, Republic Commando 2, and of course Battlefield 3. We live in eternal hope…
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