Disney Buys ‘Stars Wars,’ Plans New Film in 2015

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Disney has bought Lucasfilm Ltd. from filmmaker George Lucas for $4.05 billion and is planning another trilogy in the Star Wars saga, The Associated Press reports. The next film is due in 2015, with two more to follow. The storyline will pick up after Return of the Jedi, following the journeys of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. Disney plans to follow that with a new Star Warsfilm every two to three years. Lucas is on board for the new projects as a creative consultant, and Disney CEO Bob Iger said Lucasfilm had already developed an in-depth storyline for the next trilogy.

“I’m doing this so that the films will have a longer life,” Lucas said in an interview posted on Youtube. “I get to be a fan now . . . I sort of look forward to it. It’s a lot more fun, actually, than actually having to go out into the mud and snow.”

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