Disney has bought LucasFilm, the company owned by Star Wars creator and filmmaker George Lucas, for just over $4 billion in cash and stock, according to a press release issued by Disney on Tuesday (October 30th). The announcement also revealed that a new Star Wars movie, Episode VII, will be released in 2015, with more sequels to come “every two or three years.” The deal apparently does not include the rights to the Indiana Jones movies, which are also produced by LucasFilm but through a separate arrangement with Paramount Pictures.
Disney’s purchase of LucasFilm follows just three years after it bought Marvel, which has scored with hits like Iron Man and the Number Three box office champ of all time, The Avengers. Disney also owns animation powerhouse Pixar.
- Lucas, who launched LucasFilm in the mid-Seventies and achieved massive success with the first Star Wars film in 1977, plans to retire from the company and has turned it over to new president Kathleen Kennedy, previously Steven Spielberg‘s longtime producing partner.
- Lucas will not write or direct the new Star Wars movies but will serve as a creative consultant. The last one, Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith, came out in 2005.
- Lucas said in a statement, “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. 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.”
James Bond fans are being warned to steer clear of Wikipedia’s entry for the newest Bond film, the highly-anticipated Skyfall, if they want to avoid major spoilers. Although Skyfall doesn’t debut in the U.S. until November 9th, the film opened overseas last weekend, providing the source for those spoilers now appearing on Wikipedia.
TheWrap.com reports that the crowd sourced online encyclopedia’s entry for Skyfall, the third film that stars Daniel Craig as the British superspy, includes a full plot summary, which reveals major twists involving the fate of one character and the future of the MI6 spy agency.
OCTOMOM CHECKS INTO REHAB: Octomom Nadya Suleman has checked into rehab, seeking treating for addiction to the prescription anti-anxiety drug Xanax. The 37-year-old will be at Chapman House Drug Rehabilitation Center in Orange County, California, for 28 days. Suleman’s rep told the TMZ website, “Nadya wanted to get off the Xanax she was prescribed by her doctor and learn to deal with her stress, exhaustion, and anxiety with professional help with a team of doctors.” Nannies and friends will reportedly be looking after the single mother’s 14 children, including her 3-year-old octuplets, while she’s in rehab.
- Suleman had just last week shown off her new 5,000-square-foot rental home, which she was able to afford after making an adult film. Her previous home had been foreclosed and she and her children were evicted after she’d stopped making payments for over a year.