Further details on the future of Star Wars
A few more details following the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm and Star Wars...
Well, we were just putting our feet up with a cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit last night when, er, quite a lot happened. The announcement that Disney has bought Lucasfilm came as a bit of a bolt from the blue, and there was a lot to digest really quite quickly.
So, as Disney looks to embark on a new Star Wars film for release in 2015, what else do we know?
Well, firstly, if you think that Disney buying Lucasfilm opens up the possibility of original trilogy theatrical cuts heading to Blu-ray, that's unlikely to be the case. Bleeding Cool reports that Fox is retaining the distribution rights to the existing Star Wars movies. Basically, the position is unchanged in that department, and presumably, it'll still need George Lucas' blessing to change that. Don't expect it.
Elsewhere, and you've probably read the confirmation of this elsewhere by now, it's three Star Wars films that Disney is pressing ahead with in the first instance. They're being referred to as episodes 7, 8 and 9, so it we can cleverly piece together that they're set after the original trilogy. We also know that George Lucas has put together a treatment for the story for those three films, which Disney is going to work off. A screenwriter and director have not yet been appointed, but Lucas has established some kind of template.
What we can't find anything out about just yet - although, to be fair, it's been less than 12 hours since the deal was announced - is the state of the live action Star Wars TV show. That's included in the deal, that much is certain. There are lots of scripts already written too, and the line was that all concerned were waiting for technology and the cost of effects to hit something of a sweet spot before they pressed ahead. We might not find out for a while what the score is there.
As we find out more on all of this, we'll let you know...
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