Here's something that I don't think anyone was expecting to hear as we edge towards Halloween: Disney is set to acquire Lucasfilm and Star Wars Episode 7 is going to be released in 2015.
Following on from its most recent high profile purchase of Marvel, Disney has agreed to buy Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in stocks and cash.
"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."This brings yet another huge franchise under the wing of the Mouse, and it seems there's no stopping them. Whether this will revitalize the Star Wars universe for the better remains to be seen, but there's no doubt that Star Wars fans the world over will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new movie. Let's just hope they don't screw it up.