Posted By Shaun K. about 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Disney Buys Lucasfilm for $4 billion, LucasArts Included in Deal,
That sound you heard earlier was the collective noise generated by millions of jaws hitting the floor all within a close period of time. That is because news has now broken that The Walt Disney Company has officially acquired Lucasfilm lock, stock, and barrel for four billion dollars. Yes, that Disney and yes, that Lucasfilm. Basically, Disney now owns everything Star Wars and Indiana Jones related and has confirmed that Episodes VII, VIII, and IX are already in production with plans for Star Wars: Episode 7 to arrive in 2015. Oh, and George Lucas will not have creative control of these films or the Star Wars property as a whole for that matter going forward. I will just let all that settle in for a sec before we continue, shall I?
If I may interject amidst all the thoughts of Disney replacing Jar Jar with Goofy in remastered versions of the Prequels or a WII-set movie featuring Indiana Jones and Captain America teaming up (now possible since Disney also owns Marvel as well, for those of you who may have forgotten) likely filling your heads, the question remains: What does this mean on the video game side of things? While it will likely be sometime before the full effects of this deal can truly be sussed out, some information has already become available.
For one thing, it has been confirmed that ownership of LucasArts and all of its associated properties were included as a part of this deal. In regards to currently announced projects from the company such as Star Wars 1313, a LucasArts representative commented that “For the time being all projects are business as usual. We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings”. As for what Disney might do going forward with Star Wars or Indiana Jones, not mention beloved yet otherwise long dormant properties such as Grim Fandango or Full Throttle, in terms of video games, Disney CEO Robert Iger had the following to say:
Make of that what you will. Personally, I have got my fingers crossed that we see Star Wars in Kingdom Hearts 3 along with the next Pirate of the Caribbean movie featuring appearances from a certain mighty pirate and his demonic skull friend. Oh the possibilities… Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of this major entertainment story and be sure to share your thoughts, opinions, and wild speculations/hopes & dreams in the comments section below.