STAR WARS: George Lucas And Kathleen Kennedy On Transitioning LucasFilm To Disney

STAR WARS: George Lucas And Kathleen Kennedy On Transitioning LucasFilm To Disney

In the final video in which Lucas and Kennedy discuss the future of Star Wars, the duo talk about the process of transitioning LucasFilm to Disney. Kennedy also suggests that the new movies will "hold onto the spirit" which started the franchise.

When Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm and Star Wars was first revealed, a video series in which George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy discuss the future of the franchise began. Many have speculated that the fifth and final video in the series would announce big news concerning Episode VII, which is targeting a 2015 release and is currently being written by Michael Ardnt (Toy Story 3). Kennedy previously stated that news on the project will be confirmed sometime in January, suggesting that a director will finally be announced. However, the fifth and final installment in the video series has been uploaded, and those who were expecting a big announcement are bound to be disappointed. In the following video, Lucas and Kennedy talk about the process of transitioning LucasFilm to Walt Disney Pictures. Additionally, Kennedy suggests that these new Star Wars movies will "hold onto the spirit" that started the franchise back in 1977. "There are things that I want to preserve within the spirit of this company. And as it moves into Disney, I think that it’s vitally important to anything we create that we hold onto the spirit of what started all this."

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edmundo - 12/31/2012, 2:21 PM
@TankD I think I speak for many here when I say "Huh?"
jimpinto24 - 12/31/2012, 2:23 PM
I hope that Disney does not make the Star Wars franchise kiddy!
edmundo - 12/31/2012, 2:45 PM
@TankD and that is what I get for not reading all posts and read them carefully :)
ATrueHero1987 - 12/31/2012, 3:13 PM
I would never thought that they would make more Star Wars movies. 2015 is going to be a BIG year in movies.
IronLantern79 - 12/31/2012, 3:34 PM
Come on 2015!! Star Wars Episode VII: The Return of the Franchise.
Funsize - 12/31/2012, 4:04 PM
2015 is going to be World War 3 lol
NeoBaggins - 12/31/2012, 4:22 PM
A friend of mine who works on the Clone Wars series told me something that made me shit my pants about the new film. I cant be a douche and betray his trust, but if this particular thing happens, STAR WARS will OFFICIALLY be back.

Cant [frick]in wait!!! Thank you, Disney.
JigJRod55 - 12/31/2012, 4:25 PM
The smartest thing Disney could do right now is, as a show of good faith toward the fans, release the unaltered original trilogy on Blu-Ray.
BlueDemon - 12/31/2012, 4:43 PM
Is this movie [frick]ing done yet?!?!?!?
bazinga85 - 12/31/2012, 4:49 PM
Don't say you have a secret, and then not say what the secret is. Just don't say you have a secret in the first place.
Durango95 - 12/31/2012, 6:01 PM
Really? I wish theyd stop posting these interviews as news. Post something about SW when you have some casting or script.
mgeoff88 - 12/31/2012, 8:59 PM
I like what I'm hearing with how Star Wars will be handled at Disney.
NoAssemblyReqd - 12/31/2012, 10:48 PM
@Jigjrod55 Funny thing is, Lucas had already been making gradual tweaks to his movies before the 1997 Special Editions. It would be tough to get a consensus of which pre-SE versions to release.

Maybe one day we'll get BLADE RUNNER-esque releases, with ALL of the different iterations included (via the magic of branching, perhaps?).
Ceejay - 12/31/2012, 11:15 PM
@MrCritic115 - Not Kid Friendly?

Between Jar Jar Binks and the Trade Federation Droids alone you have the level of kid friendly and screwball comedy only children could swallow. But then you have the things you mention..

Drug dealing, handled as a joke with the idiot trying to sell the ridiculously named "Death Sticks" to a Jedi Knight. The whole purpose of which to tell kids to say no to drugs and cigarettes i.e "Death Sticks"

Prostitutes, could they be any more kid friendly? They don't proposition anyone, they don't speak and they don't actually have sex or show any real nudity so that pretty much makes them another prop in an elaborate costume.

A death in the first two minutes? So what, its a clone, the movies treat clones like Kleenex, not even the Jedi give a shit about the clones getting killed because that's what they bred them for so the kids watching feel exactly the same.

From when Lucas decided to revisit the Star Wars trilogy with special editions, he decided to make them more friendly for children. That meant Han solo had to be nicer and not shoot Greedo first, he had to shoot out of self-defence. He also edited every scene of Storm troopers getting shot to lessen the impact of the lasers exploding on their chests. He decided to add more comedy to lighten the serious tone so kids wouldn't be bored watching the movie so they inserted more scenes of comedy like droids fighting comically or Jawas falling of Rontos, a more funny-munch-bunch type musical number in ROTJ etc

So it no wonder when we get to him revisiting again with the prequels that its an uneven match of bad plotting and ridiculous screwball comedy. Jar Jar and the Trade Federation so called "Battle-droids" being the worse offenders. Everything they say and do is to keep children entertained.

Trust me, Disney will maintain that theme, the serious theme from the original Star Wars we grew up with in the 70's and 80's ended with The Empire Strikes Back. Once Lucas decided he didn't want to make any more and collapsed most of the original story into Return of the Jedi, it became his reason to create characters for merchandising purposes. This is why Jabba's palace is as entertaining to kids as the Muppet Show. This is why Darth Vader no longer strangles anyone (never happens again in the entire prequels because Lucas's kids found it disturbing)This is why Vader turns into a nice sweet old man by the end of the film. This is why Storm troopers get walloped at the Teddy Bears picnic despite their technology. This is why he continued to make two more Ewok movies after shelving SW and also an animated tv series on the Ewoks and one on R2 and 3PO.

Sure fanboys keep watching and hoping they'll get that Star Wars film worthy of following up to the Empire Strikes Back but they've been kidding them selves for years because they refuse to accept the obvious. This is the sad fact of being a fanboy, you live in eternal hope knowing you're going to watch the stupid movie and waste years on the internet moaning about what you didn't like and what it should have been. All the time Lucas and Disney know you'll always part with your cash as long as the words "Star Wars" is above the title, the force has always had a strong influence on the weak minded!
AUSSYACE - 1/1/2013, 12:26 AM
Disney will be pumping these movies out for a very long long time to come and we won't be around to see them all...

We can always count on R2D2 and C3PO to be in them all though and long after we are dead as well...

NeoBaggins - 1/1/2013, 1:08 AM
@bazinga85 If I said what the secret is, it wouldn't be a secret anymore now would it. Just know that a solid source has given me information that is huge for STAR WARS fans. When it's official, it will be public.

Hold your TauntTauns'.
mgeoff88 - 1/1/2013, 7:40 AM
@worldbreaker I would, but by the time the pizza roll is shipped to me it will be no muy beuno. :P

@NeoBaggins Can you tell us when this information will be revealed officially? I remember hearing something about late January or early February.
Timerider84 - 1/1/2013, 1:03 PM
Less green screen, more real locations, better actors like Mark, Carrie, Harrison, more practical effects instead of CGI, a great story and director, with a ouple of niceameos from some older stars, and we have ourselves a Star Wars movie, reminiscent of Episodes 4, 5 and 6. Just saying.
NeoBaggins - 1/3/2013, 1:52 AM
@mgeoff88 I'm not sure if it's the same information, but I don't see how long it can be contained. The item is a no-brainer for me but he says they don't want the rumor mill to go bonkers before it's solidified. I can understand that. But January or February sounds possible. I don't want to be a douche and ask. If I show that I can keep my mouth shut (kinda), I will be allowed other privileges/opportunities. I don't even think it will be super duper secret stuff to some, but it's worth a lot to me.

Thanks George. And, peace out!

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