News Briefs: OMG Disney Bought Lucasfilm and Star Wars

By Tim Surette

Oct 31, 2012

MOUSE HOUSE MEETS THE DEATH STAR NEWS

... Holy crap Disney (maybe you've heard of it) bought George Lucas's Lucasfilm for $4 million! Excuse me, $4 BILLION! That means Disney, the media giant that owns ABC, ESPN, Marvel, and It's a Small World, now owns the rights to the Star Wars franchise and Indiana Jones! Following the announcement, Disney said it's planning a new Star Wars movie, Star Wars Episode VII: Let's Make Some Money, for release in 2015. But how does this effect YOU and how does this effect television!? Let's run through some scenarios...

– At its best, it could mean a Star Wars TV show. There's been talk about this for a long time, but with Disney (and ABC) owning the rights, it's that much closer. Of course, Disney's grittiest network is A & E, so it might not be the program fans are hoping for. Maybe ABC will give The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles another shot?

– At its worst, we get something like The Jar Jar Binks Variety Hour on ABC Family or Howard the Duck: The Show.

– At its silliest, Darth Vader comes to Once Upon a Time's Storybrooke and falls in love with Cinderella.

ABC waited a few years before considering S.H.I.E.L.D. for the small screen after Disney acquired Marvel in 2009, so TV productions could be a ways off. Expect this to be a big deal in the film industry immediately, with TV-related announcements coming later. [Disney via press release]


HURRICANE SANDY SCHEDULING CHANGES

... Because of Hurricane Sandy coverage, Private Practice will be bumped this week on ABC. Ditto for NBC's Go On and The New Normal, which will be back in two weeks because of election coverage next week. Storm coverage will replace the comedies. [Zap2It]

... NBC is re-airing Monday's episode of The Voice on Thursday night since it was bumped from some major markets due to blackouts and Hurricane Sandy coverage. That means Thursday's comedy block of 30 Rock, Up All Night, The Office, and Parks and Recreation will be moved. 30 Rock will actually move up a day and replace Animal Practice on Wednesday night, and The Office and Parks will move back to next week. Up All Night's move is yet to be determined. This week's Revolution will also re-air on Friday night. Your best bet is to watch TV non-stop just to make sure you don't miss anything. [NBC]

... Comedy Central's The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are taking a second day off due to the storm, so there will be no new episodes tonight. [NY Post's Twitter]


EVERYTHING ELSE

... Chris Klein (Wilfred) has been cast as the husband of a WME talent agent for an upcoming Fox project. Based on the tell-all blog by Nikki Joel, the comedy will follow a 30-something woman and her crazy marriage to her manly husband. [THR]

... Glee's Grant Gustin, who plays Sebastian, has booked a multi-episode arc on The CW's 90210. He'll play a rich college student. [THR]

... Rebecca Sinclair is back in business with The CW. The former showrunner of 90210 has two projects in the works at the network. The first follows a self-obsessed pop star who comes from a religious family and who reevaluates her lack of faith after a fan says she was saved by the pop star's words and claims she has divine powers. The second is based on the book The Lost Girls, about a group of women who go eating and praying and loving their way around Cambodia. The CW version will add a mystery to the story when one of the women disappears. [Deadline Hollywood]

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  • shocker713 Nov 01, 2012

    My thoughts on Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm:



    When left to their own devices, Marvel Comics cranked out movies like Daredevil, Elektra, X3, and Ang Lee's Hulk. After being purchased by Disney, we got everything leading up to The Avengers.



    Similarly, when left to their own devices (at least more recently), Lucasfilm made The Phantom Menace, the Clone Wars movie, and Indiana Jones 4. So perhaps the Disney purchase is a good thing.

  • MightyMad Nov 01, 2012

    The Disney/Lucasfilm transaction is, in my book, the BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK.

    Think about it: Disney built the movie division of Marvel Comics when they bought it, and look at it now... it pretty much OWNS movie theaters. But even better: from now on, George Lucas will only be a 'special consultant' for anything related to "S.W.". Anyone remember the two movies of the franchise he was barely involved in? Yes, that's right - "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi". So, HELL YEAH, that's a win.

    So done with this whole transaction... except for that it officially makes Disney THE SCARIEST ENTERTAINMENT ENTITY TO EVER EXIST. I mean... don't they own EVERYTHING now? Seriously, that's ridiculous...

  • maritimer00 Nov 01, 2012

    They mentioned in the release future Star Wars movies (starting round 2015) may focus on "fringe" characters so you could have Star Wars 7: The Adventures of Wedge and so on. A live action TV show is more than likely but whether its affordable in today's market remains to be seen. I can see the phrase "May the Mouse be with you...always..." being popular in the years to come...

  • JT_Kirk Nov 01, 2012

    I noticed during yesterday's Press Releasestraviganza that nowhere did it mention Indiana Jones as part of the Lucasfilm purchase, in fact Disney said the purchase was primarily going to make money off of Star Wars. I found that pretty odd as Indy is a Lucas and Lucasfilm baby, as are Willow, Tucker A Man and his Weird Car, American Graffiti, Labyrinth, and Howard the Duck - no mention of any of 'em, even when they did mention that ILM and LucasArts (video games) are part of the deal. I wonder if Spielberg's or Paramount's interest kept Indy out of the gloved mouse hands.

    Young Indiana Jones Chronicles wasn't all that good, so returning to that would be painful. I suspect we will get a new Star Wars cartoon on Disney XD, and a buddy suggests annual Star Wars Holiday Specials. Honestly though, I don't think more Star Wars movies based on old, tossed-out ideas answering to the Disney board of directors are that great an idea, look at Pirates of the Caribbean 2-4.

  • joostin_cdn Nov 01, 2012

    As a big Star Was geek, I have been waiting for this news my whole life! G. Lucas has numerous books about Leia and Solo's kids becomming Jedi's. G. Lucas stated years ago that he would be making 7, 8, 9 after the 1, 2, 3 prequels came out. Instead we got 3D versions, extended cuts and remastered editions of the same 6 films! I have hope for a true Star Wars send off the way it had been written decades ago!



    ps. Disney is the only company that can make Star Wars last forever. Same reason Jim Hensen Co. was bought by Disney. What kid would know about the Muppets today if Disney hadn't kept them relevant all these years? Thank you Disney!

  • JT_Kirk Nov 01, 2012

    Disney made Muppets Treasure Island and Muppets Christmas Carol, but not Muppets from Space, so their track record there has been fairly questionable. Oh, they've marketed Muppets as a merchandisable entity out the ying-yang, but as an entertainment medium they've been mixed at best. Star Wars could suffer the same fate.

  • dragon22a Nov 01, 2012

    Since the movies will likely go into the post Return of the Jedi era, TV could go into the prequel area. Now, you could focus on bridging the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, looking at how the rest of the Jedi fall and the Empire rises similar to the Power of the Force video games.



    You could also go with focusing on someone like Han Solo primarily as I mentioned earlier and focus on how he became a smuggler and met Chewbacca. Even though Hans age in comparison to Luke means that he was born sometime during the prequels, it would likely be that the interesting parts would take place in between the two sagas.



    Another option is to go way back into the past and focus on the Old Republic and the original Sith war. Maybe even looking at the origins of Palpatine.

  • klotensen Nov 01, 2012

    I don't get it. Is George Lucas dead?

    Considering the quality of the Prequels he might be dead inside for a long time already but Star Wars: The Clone Wars gave me some hope nonetheless. Weird.

    Maybe you have to pay 4 Bil for a ticket on an ark of some kind and the world IS going to end ...

  • JT_Kirk Nov 01, 2012

    Not dead, he released an interview about the purchase just yesterday. He's gained all the weight back, but he doesn't look like he's dying. I think he just wanted the $2 billion in cash and 1/25th of Disney in stock, sick of ferrying Star Wars over a cliff all by himself.

  • jaden84 Nov 01, 2012

    Wait, does mean the Clone Wars will move the Cartoon Network to Disney XD? Because I just think that will be a horrible idea.

  • 2Big2Bite Oct 31, 2012

    If they take a Marvel out of this this will be epic. Disney can make very good films! Just look at Avengers.



    Starring:

    Han Solo - Robert Downey Jr.



    Alright, so let's everybody just calm the fuck down: http://youtu.be/xoTzLLZMrKc

  • dark7angel Oct 31, 2012

    Considering how well Disney has handled Marvel, I think this is great news for Star Wars!

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