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Star Wars Episode 7 VII Set for Release in 2015. Lucas Sells to Disney for $4 Billion October 30, 2012

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George Lucas ‘ THE MAKER’ has sold out LucasFilm to Mickey Mouse for $4 Billion.
Not totally shocking that the sale was made to Disney given that Lucasfilm and Disney have had a relationship for nearly two decades.

The price – only $4 billion is a shocker. We have previously written that Star Wars was worth approx $30 billion over its lifespan so the $4billion figure sure seems cheap.

Aside from the ownership change though the bigger news is that

STAR WARS EPISODE VII IS SET FOR RELEASE IN 2015!!!!

That’s right there is life after Anakin Skywalker’s death.

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. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

Star Wars Live Action TV show starts casting March 10, 2009

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We knew ‘the Maker’ George Lucas had two TV projects in mind after Episode III – one a new animated show — CHECK

the other a live action TV series.

MTV is now reporting that Lucas has begun casting the new show!! woohoo!

According to Lucas, the show will focus on minor characters from the saga and be set in the time period between “Revenge of the Sith” (Episode III) and the original “Star Wars” (Episode IV). The action will follow the Rebel Alliance as it slowly gains strength against the Empire. There will be Stormtroopers, but no Jedi or Darth Vader will appear on screen.

This is the period covered in Books and comic books as the Rebellion. It’s an awesome time period and one that has so much richness in it that can be explored.

Think about it the entire Galaxy has lost its freedom. The Jedi are dead. What’s a regular person to do? Go become a moisture farmer on Tatooine?

George Lucas : There is no Star Wars Beyond Episode IV (Return of the Jedi) March 25, 2008

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The expanded Star Wars universe – all the great stuff in Star Wars Legacy of the Force books and the Star Wars Legacy series….ISN’T Star Wars to George Lucas.

In an interview over on StarWars.com Lucas admits that for him it ends with Episode IV (Return of the Jedi)

Do you think you’d have other people continue the Star Wars saga past Episode VI or turn some of the other material into films?

But there’s no story past Episode VI, there’s just no story. It’s a certain story about Anakin Skywalker and once Anakin Skywalker dies, that’s kind of the end of the story. There is no story about Luke Skywalker, I mean apart from the books. But there’s three worlds: There’s my world that I made up, there’s the licensing world that’s the books, the comics, all that kind of stuff, the games, which is their world, and then there’s the fans’ world, which is also very rich in imagination, but they don’t always mesh. All I’m in charge of is my world. I can’t be in charge of those other people’s world, because I can’t keep up with it.

The People vs. George Lucas : Time To Tell George Who Shot First February 15, 2008

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Yes we here at ShowMeSciFi.com are huge Star Wars fans…but we’re not zealots.

There are problems in Star Wars and things that we can complain about..but to whom? Who will listen? Not you! YOu’ll click away right?

Well know we can ALL vent with the People Vs. George Lucas project. Apparently it’s supposed to be some kind of documentary thing with people sending in their own clips about what they thing is wrong in the Star Wars movies.

It’s a neat idea and a whole lot more participatory than something like Trekkies for example.

Our #1 complaint? That’s easy. Jar Jar Binks!

Indy’s Back and he’s Brought George Lucas With him January 19, 2008

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In this months’ Vanity Fair – Indiana Jones is all the rage with some insider information on the new Indy which will be out on May 22.

The story is set in 1957, and this time Dr. Jones goes up against cold-blooded, Cold War Russkies—led by Cate Blanchett in dominatrix mode—instead of the Nazis he squashed like bugs in previous installments. Making a return alongside Ford is Karen Allen, as Marion Ravenwood, Indy’s pugnacious true love, last seen in the first film.

Beyond the Indy stuff Vanity Fair has an awesome interview with George Lucas – and the best bits are the Star Wars questions which are all online!

Here’s one small snippet:

How did you feel about the reception to Revenge of the Sith? And did you complete the story to your satisfaction?
I’m happy that the whole thing is finished, finally, so that was very satisfying, to have it complete and in one piece. It was a great sense of completion. I was happy with how it turned out—as well as I could have hoped. The reception is always lukewarm for those movies, so that’s not new.

Read the whole thing over at Vanity Fair.

Original Darth Vader Actor Hasn’t Spoken To Lucas Since 1983 November 4, 2007

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prowse.jpgTalk about bearing a grudge. In a recent interview David Prowse the ORIGINAL Darth Vader actor revealed that due to a dispute he had with George Lucas nearly 25 years ago he hasn’t spoke with Lucas since 1983.

Lucas seems like a nice enough dude to me – so what did Prowse do to be totally ignored by Lucas for over two decades?
In a nutshell he betrayed George Lucas’s trust…or did he???

I always wondered why we never EVER see David Prowse unmasked in Star Wars…

In the interview Prowse details what actually happened:

So, I get a phone call from a reporter saying ‘I’d like to do an article all about you and your weightlifting’. He turned up at my gymnasium that evening and halfway through he says, ‘you know you’re being killed off in this movie, don’t you? And another guy’s playing the dying Darth Vader?’ I said ‘they wouldn’t do that – they wouldn’t go and unmask somebody else after I’ve played the part for six years’. He asked if I had a call sheet, and he looked at it and it said: ‘Dave Prowse, Darth Vader, Studio 1’, and underneath it ‘Sebastian Shaw, Anakin Skywalker, Studio 10’. He finished the interview abruptly as soon as he’d told me all this and the next day The Daily Mail had the headline: ‘Darth Vader to be killed off in the next movie, in an exclusive interview with Dave Prowse’. And that ruined my association with Star Wars. I was ostracized while on the movie, the producer and director wouldn’t work with me and Lucas wouldn’t speak to me.

Sounds like a real Sith plot to me.

Read the full interview on the Void.