Disney and Lucasfilm have worked together in the past, most notably on the Star Tours attractions at its Disney theme parks. But with this agreement, Disney will wholly own Lucasfilm and everything to do with the Star Wars universe.
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “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.”
Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. She will also serve as the brand manager for everything Star Wars, and executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with Lucas serving as creative consultant.
The first major project lined up with Lucasfilm now under Disney will be Star Wars Episode 7, set for a 2015 release. This is the first film in the last of Lucas’ Star Wars trilogy.
Worth noting is that Marvel, which was also acquired by Disney, has scheduled the film Avengers 2 for release in 2015, as well.
“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”
Sep 15, 2011 movies and tv
To help promote both the new blu-ray versions of the Star Wars movies and the charity Stand Up 2 Cancer, George Lucas authorized the creation of the following PSA video. It features several comedic actors including Emma Stone, Ken Jeong, Ed Helms, Andy Samburg, Jamie King, Seth Rogen and more.
Let me tell you, Bill Hader’s Taun Taun impersonation is amazing!
The Stand Up 2 Cancer website also has three very cool Star Wars-themed t-shirts for sale (I like the black one) and Lucasfilm is spearheading a bunch of Star Wars ebay auctions running September 16-23. This is a great chance to pick up some unique Star Wars merchandise and help out a great charity at the same time.
PS: If anyone feels inclined to win me the Star Wars-decorated Volkswagen that’s up for auction for my birthday, I’d adore you for life!
Feb 3, 2011 online humor
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know I’m a humongous Star Wars geek. But even if you aren’t, you have to watch this new Volkswagen TV commercial. It is absolutely brilliant, and the kid just nails it at the end with his looks of amazement.
Best Volkswagen commercial ever.
I don’t just write here. I also contribute articles and posts elsewhere on the web. So in case you’ve missed any of them, I compile a monthly listing of all of the links. Here are my August 2010 contributions to the travel web universe:
- Millennium Knickerbocker Offers Chicago Skyline Dining Package
- W Hotel Opens in Downtown New York City
- Pala Casino Resort and Spa in Pala, California
- Bonding with Mom in South Dakota
- The Palms Las Vegas Offers Trojan Package For Couples
- Quality Inn at the Gateway to Key West Florida
- Disneyland Hotel Opens Big Thunder Suite
- Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood California
- Mangos Tropical Cafe in Miami’s South Beach
- Nightlife Guide to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World
- Wall Street Cantina in Downtown Orlando
- Plenty of Salt Shakers at Margaritaville Key West
- Sloppy Joe’s is a Part of Key West History
- Chill Out at WaiTiki Retro Tiki Lounge in Downtown Orlando
- Disney Raises U.S. Ticket Prices for Fall 2010
- Universal Orlando Ticket Prices Increase in August 2010
- 5 Free Presidential Memorials in Washington D.C.
- Central Florida Restaurant Weeks Offer Savings for Fall 2010
The last site is one that I’ve been working on for the past month. It officially debuts next week, but there are articles that are live to read. I welcome your feedback on it, as well as any of my other articles. Thanks for reading!
Tags: "Star Wars", "Walt Disney World", Celebration V, dining discounts, Disneyland, hotel reviews, Key West, Pala Casino, Pinkberry, The Palms Las Vegas, Universal Orlando, Universal Studios, Washington D.C.
Jan 28, 2010 scifi and fantasy
When I was a kid, I collected the trader cards that came out for the Star Wars movies. So I was thrilled when I ran across this online generator by Restraining Bolt that reproduces the letter stickers that came with the card sets. Other than a fun trip through the memory archives, it serves no other purpose, but I think it’s still very cool.
As for the cards themselves, I think they were lost years ago in a basement flood, but I keep hoping I’ll find them when I finish going through all the stuff in gramma’s storage unit.
[found via the StarWars.com blog]
PS: I’m posting this using Firefox’s ScribeFire add-on extension, so we’ll see how it turns out.
I so want these! Given my love of Star Wars and travel, these are so perfect.
According to the article at Geeks of Doom, StarWars.com should have these for sale in their shop, but I couldn’t find them. At any rate, I’d love to see what they come up with for the rest of the series. They still could do Endor, Naboo, the Death Star, Dagobah… It’d be cool if they did post card versions, too. Those I’d definitely buy. Easier to frame and they don’t take up so much wall space.