STAR WARS at Disney - Industry Reacts
It's the biggest entertainment news since - well, since Disney bought Marvel Comics.
Disney has purchased Lucasfilm, most notably home of the Star Wars juggernaut franchise, and plans to build the franchise with new films beginning in 2015 with "Episode VII," and more features every "2-3 years" after that. The first trilogy already has a treatment, and Episode VII is in early development.
But where does that leave the rest of the Star Wars franchise? We've reached out to several people involved, from comics to games to TV to conventions, and will continue to keep this updated.
Mike Richardson, President of Dark Horse Comics, Inc.
"Dark Horse and LucasFilm have a strong partnership which spans over 20 years, and has produced multiple characters and story lines which are now part of the Star Wars lore. Star Wars will be with us for the near future. Obviously, this deal changes the landscape, so we'll all have to see what it means for the future."
John Jackson Miller, author of multiple Star Wars novels, comics
"Star Wars is George Lucas' creation, and across the years, those of us who've produced licensed publications have worked hard to take good care of the cultural treasure he created. I'm sure the same will be true of Disney, as the stewards of his creation going forward; they're a class act. I'm as interested as everyone else in seeing the cool things they have planned!"
James Arnold Taylor, voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars: The Clone Wars
"I am very excited about possibilities for Star Wars & fans! And I would love to be cast as the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode 7 or any flashbacks!"
LucasArts representative, on Star Wars 1313
"For the time being all projects are business as usual. We are excited about all the possibilities that Disney brings."
Lucasfilm Animation representative, on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Detours
"We’re excited by all of the possibilities that Disney brings. We are continuing production on all projects and will review with Disney after the close of the deal."
Consetta Parker, Media Consultant for RanchoObiWan.org, PR for Taylor, Cat Taber, Avid Star Wars collector
I'm excited about possibilities. It's Star Wars news and Star Wars makes me happy. It's that simple. Can't wait to see what this means for The Clone Wars and future SW films! This is an opportunity for more people and future generations to enjoy the Star Wars/Clone Wars universe even more. Of course I'm sure we'll have to make more room at Rancho Obi-Wan for all the new Disney/SW merchandise! Ha! But can there ever be too much SW stuff? ;)
Even though I dreamed about such a merger of titans, I was still shocked to hear the news – pleasantly shocked to be sure. While things will develop over months and years, and thus many specific questions remain to be answered, there is so much that the companies bring to each other that the possibilities are endless. Besides Star Wars on the big screen, new television shows and a more active online presence are also great possibilities. Perhaps someday the fan dream of a full-blown Star Wars Land will become a reality. Or even smaller dreams, like Star Wars Weekends at all Disney parks, not just Walt Disney World.Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and founder of Her Universe
My two favorite things, Disney and Star Wars, have now become one. It's truly the perfect partnership! I've had the honor and privilege to work for both Lucasfilm and Disney for several years now, and I am just overjoyed with this announcement. There are amazing people coming together from both companies who are going to do great things with this new relationship. This is a monumental day for Star Wars and Disney fans!
Oh, and of course…
George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, and Kathleen Kennedy, incoming President of LucasfilmMore Star Wars from Newsarama:
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