The Walt Disney Company announced Oct. 30 an acquisition of world-renowned Lucasfilm, Ltd., including the legendary Star Wars franchise and all of Lucasfilm’s operating businesses. The acquisition strengthens a global portfolio of world-class brands, such as ESPN, Pixar, Marvel and ABC, and continues Disney’s strategic focus on creating the world’s best branded content. Fans can expect a new feature film, Star Wars Episode 7, in theaters worldwide in 2015.
“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction 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 across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”