Today was a bit of shock and awe for Star Wars fans as Disney announced that they have purchased LucasFilms for a whopping $4 BILLION. Yep, not $400 million – $400 BILLION. And that wasn’t even the most important bit of news for fans in the day. It was also revealed via the acquisition press release that Disney is prepping a Star Wars Episode VII film for the beginning of yet another trilogy to release in 2015.
So, what does this mean for the franchise between now and 2015? Well, it all depends on who they get to direct the film – it should be noted that the press release stated that George Lucas would be kept around as a “creative consultant” on the new films. Some early ideas tossed around are (the obvious) Joss Whedon, JJ Abrams, and Guillermo del Toro. The problem with Whedon is that he’s pretty much married to The Avengers films – as both director and producer on a variety of Marvel films between now and The Avengers 2. JJ Abrams would be a REALLY nice choice but he’s currently gearing up to film the next Star Trek film and I couldn’t imagine him directing both the Star Trek franchise and the revitalization of the Star Wars franchise. That leaves Guillermo del Toro as my current favorite to direct Episode VII. He’s got the creative mind and the style to come up with some really nice things for the Star Wars universe plus he’s a great story teller. Something Lucas was good with in the original Star Wars trilogy.
It’s a great day to be a movie fan in general. It’s time that Lucas passed the Star Wars franchise off to a new generation of fans and the future looks bright!