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Old October 31 2012, 12:45 AM   #73
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Re: Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4 billion in cash and stock.

Some more info on io9 (which is using a substitute site while repairing hurricane damage, so this link may be temporary):
  • Along with Lucasfilm, Disney has purchased an extensive treatment for the brand NEW Star Wars trilogy. Episode VII is in “early development” but we’re guessing the groundwork is already being planned.
  • George Lucas is a consultant on Episode VII but his intent is to retire.
  • Disney plans on utilizing Star Wars in parks, resorts, television and film. But we’re not expecting a live action TV show just yet. ...
  • What about Indiana Jones? Well, Dr. Jones is still a part of the overall purchase package — but Paramount still owns the distribution rights to the films. So don’t hold your breath for a Disney Indy movie just yet.
So there's already a treatment for the whole new trilogy. I wonder how long Lucas has been sitting on it, or alternatively, how much he's revised it over the past 30 years.

Of course, the best possible news is that Lucas is going to retire and not write or direct the new films.
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