Disney buys Lucasfilm, date for new Star Wars film set
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Disney is to buy George Lucas's renowned film studio including his Star Wars franchise, the entertainment giant said on Tuesday, announcing plans for more films in the legendary sci-fi series.
Star Wars 7 will be released in 2015, "with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future," said the Walt Disney Co, announcing the deal worth over US$4 billion (S$4.9 billion) for Lucasfilm.
The deal "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," said Disney chief Robert Iger.
"Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas," said Mr Iger, head of global entertainment giant Disney, which is headquartered in Burbank, just outside Los Angeles.