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LucasArts Gets Bought by Disney for $4.05 billion, Star Wars VII Coming in 2015
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Just when you thought the Star War saga was all over, Disney has gone and acquired LucasFilm, and by extension LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, for a cool $4.05 billion (£2.52 billion). What does that mean? Well for one it means that Star Wars VII will be coming in 2015, “with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future”.

Half of the $4.05 billion was paid in cash, with the rest made up of an issue of about 40 million shares. Disney now owns the Star Wars IP, LucasFilm's operating live film businesses, animation, FX studios and audio post production facilities. No doubt with Disney now in possession of the Star Wars IP and LucasArts, it'll have a major effect on the games that come from the studio.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said Star Wars creator George Lucas. “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.

The filmmaker went on, "I’m confident that with LucasFilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organisation, 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.”

What impact will this move have on Star Wars 1313, we wonder?

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Comment #1 by Hudson888
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:23:00 AM
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$2 Billion cash!! Woozers! I wonder if they actually handed it over in suitcases...
I really hope this works out. I love the Star Wars universe, and it could be taken in some many amazing directions. It just needs the right people, heres hoping Disney are those people.


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Comment #2 by a hippyslayer
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:23:10 AM
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Never would have thought George would let that out of his hands. What's the over under on Jack Sparrow being a new stars wars pirate?


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Comment #3 by creaper210
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:23:15 AM
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I'll gladly take more Star Wars. I enjoyed every movie, even the prequels that everyone seems to hate. But I just hope Disney(and I'm guessing everyone else is also thinking the same thing) doesn't do what they ALWAYS do and try to make it appeal to every audience.


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Comment #4 by shavron
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:23:35 AM
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Dear Disney,

Please task Lucasarts with Battlefront III right away.

Love,
Every damn Star Wars fan.
Star


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Comment #5 by Feared Despair
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:24:05 AM
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Idiots this has nothing to do with xbox and games


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Comment #6 by shavron
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:28:54 AM
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@5, except it involves Lucasarts. Them changing hands could shake things up a bunch. New people in charge making different decisions. Will we get Battlefront III, or perhaps a new KotoR? Perhaps they'll put Force Unleashed III back into production. Maybe they'll even have a hand in not making it suck. Maybe they'll greenlight a bunch of stuff that never would have happen when the company was owned by George. Lucasfilms and in turn Lucasarts was a big company, but now they're part of a much bigger company. Depending on how serious Disney is about all this (and for 4.05 billions dollars I'm guessing they're pretty serious) this has a lot of potential for change.


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Comment #7 by Legend Xz
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:29:58 AM
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This could actually be a very good thing.

@Feared Despair. Actually yes it does, maybe try reading next time, they now are also in charge of LucasArts, you know the company that has made almost every Starwars game???? Yeah, that one.


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Comment #8 by EviL InTeNsiONz
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:31:40 AM
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@5 and? Its still interesting

On topic I hope this goes well, some truly amazing stuff could be done if they do it right.


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Comment #9 by Feared Despair
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:31:56 AM
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Star Wars = Gay Wars


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Comment #10 by fresh fish 101
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:32:46 AM
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Disney's Evil. no, seriously...


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Comment #11 by Feared Despair
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:34:41 AM
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Family guy made the best thing with star wars


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Comment #12 by HVAC Techie
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:37:20 AM
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Disney with Star Wars 1313. Not sure if gusta. We'll see if they manage to stick it to its mature theme...


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Comment #13 by M1 Punk
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:38:36 AM
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Star Wars...

HAH, GAYYY!


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Comment #14 by Feared Despair
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:39:22 AM
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13 yeah man


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Comment #15 by Feared Despair
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:40:41 AM
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GAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY


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Comment #16 by Arson12345
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:40:54 AM
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My nipples are getting hard just thinking of a Battlefront 3!


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Comment #17 by Evo Kazz
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:49:02 AM
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My nipples were hard anyways, it's freezing here.


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Comment #18 by Dirty130
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:50:11 AM
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Maybe M1 Punk and Feared Despair should hook up..

Just saying..


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Comment #20 by Josh Benton
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 05:55:59 AM
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Mercenaries 3?


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Comment #21 by FatalFlaw810
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:06:58 AM
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Feared Despair: You're a terrible troll...just saying...

OT: I'm hoping good things come from this. Don't let me down Disney!



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Comment #22 by SeraphTC
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:08:29 AM
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I'm fairly surprised it was "only" $4 billion tbh. They bought Pixar for almost double that.

Still, fingers crossed. I guess Disney have done ok with the Marvel movies.

Here's hoping for Joss Whedon to direct the next Star Wars movie.

/Amusing_Thought

Kathleen Kennedy: "Joss, we need a new 'Han Solo-esque' character'
Joss Whedon: "I know a guy."
Nathan Fillion "Where do I sign up?"

/End Amusing_Thought


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Comment #23 by Akatsuki Sensor
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:10:45 AM
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George Lucas will not let this go, he'll be working on it somehow. It's as if he wants Star Wars to die with him, so he was doing his very best to destroy it. I fucking hope this works out, but I fear for the worst. Star Wars was my childhood. Disney won't even be the ones working on it, they just slap there name on the front of everything they own, but don't actually work on.


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Comment #24 by Astrex
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:13:09 AM
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what does 2billion in cash even look like


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Comment #25 by SeraphTC
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:13:30 AM
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@23 They have already confirmed that George will be a 'consultant' on Star Wars.


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Comment #26 by Akatsuki Sensor
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:15:04 AM
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@25 - Well that's just dandy. Goodbye hopes and dreams.


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Comment #27 by Josh Benton
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:25:53 AM
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@22 shall we just sack Star Wars and get them to make Firefly?


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Comment #28 by taffaroo97
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:29:03 AM
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Hopefully Disney don't try and make it appeal to young kids. Keep it at its curent audience. Star Wars 1313 is to be an 18 rated, so hopefully Disney don't change it to a 7 lol


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Comment #29 by Lou Keymia
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:44:30 AM
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Carrie Fisher's going to have to lose a lot of weight.


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Comment #30 by InsaneKane87
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:46:53 AM
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@5 Oh right this has absolutely nothing to do with gaming or xbox when yet there are Disney and Star Wars games.


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Comment #31 by Terrin
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:54:31 AM
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@26 disney will do what they did with marvel as they just made the decisions that needed to be made to make things like avengers same with with lucasfilms they will just push them in the directions it needs to go


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Comment #32 by KyKy
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 07:00:44 AM
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Didn't Disney already have something to do with Star Wars? I remember going to Disney World years ago and they were selling Star Wars stuff and Darth Vader/Storm Troppers were in a parade.


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Comment #33 by General Boredom
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 07:04:03 AM
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Maybe with Disney's money, the Star Wars live-action TV series will finally happen.


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Comment #34 by Axel Desade
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 07:07:44 AM
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Does this mean Princess Leia is a Disney Princess now?


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Comment #35 by SeraphTC
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 07:13:26 AM
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@32 They didn't have anything to do with Star Wars, but they did license Star Wars features in the Disney Theme Parks.

@34 lol


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Comment #36 by ZingZitang
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 07:28:19 AM
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@22:

Thats more than just an amusing thought. Thats an amazing thought! Nathan Fillion is a man!

@ 28:

As we can see from Avengers and other recent Marvel movies, Disney know how to handle source material. Im sure it will all be fine.

@34:

Lol. I wonder if Disney will try to incorperate her into all the other Disney Princess things for the Holiday.



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Comment #37 by Slayinfool
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 07:47:28 AM
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So now Stars will be raped by someone else.. Who cares, either way Stars Wars is in for another sore ass life cycle.


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Comment #38 by GeekSven
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 07:53:15 AM
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First they made the movies IV to VI, then they made I to III to clear things up. Why would they make Star Wars VII? It's cool and all, because I love Star Wars, but what would it be about?


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Comment #39 by Big Stoz
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 07:55:46 AM
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The game info made me LOL...If ever there was a Stars Wars tile it is right there The Power Of Epic Mickey


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Comment #40 by MrStabby1981
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 08:03:20 AM
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@ #24

It looks like this http://www.relfe.com/2009/what_does_one_billion_trillion_dollars_look_like_zeros.html


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Comment #41 by Woody28
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 08:40:29 AM
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apart from Hayden Christianson and Jake Lloyd, what was so bad about the prequels? And on that note, what part did George Lucas play in making them suck? (and saying "he greenlit them", is not a valid answer)


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Comment #42 by SmarmySmurf
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 08:48:09 AM
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Disney killed the good (ActionRPG) Pirates of the Caribbean game and did the Lego crap instead, plus they gave Epic Mickey to Wii exclusively and waited until the subpar sequel to grant us the opyion to play it. To say nothing of the lack of Illusion games on XBLA/PSN. I'm not sure I trust them dictating Star Wars games, they don't give a shit about AAA/core games.


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Comment #43 by SmarmySmurf
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 08:49:40 AM
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*option,i mean.

Plus, look at Marvel being fucking wasted.


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Comment #44 by shavron
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 08:53:58 AM
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@41, I'll preface this by saying I did enjoy the prequel trilogy. Not as much as the originals, mind you, but they were still enjoyable. I honestly think most peoples problems was subpar acting mixed with an over reliance on CGI which ultimatley cover up some not too great storytelling. But I think the big thing is that they weren't as good as the originals and with Lucas tweeking those to no end there just is a lot of animosity going on.

As for why Lucas is to blame, well George, wrote, produced and directed the trilogy. He ran the whole damn thing so just about any flaw stems from his decisions.


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Comment #45 by cdawgoku
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 09:12:17 AM
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@28 That's a legitimate concern. You me, and billions off ppl around the globe NOW associate Star Wars and Disney together. I took a class in college that had disney as it's first assignment and Disney will take to heart anything said about Star Wars now and if it hurt the Disney image, whill change it so it will. Games included.
In 2 years a parent will buy a SW game, probably force unleashed 2, and go "This is way to violent, AND Disney made it? I have a problem w/ this."(just my observation dunno if it really is violent.)


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Comment #46 by duvey42
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 10:00:00 AM
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I wonder how much George will be involved? What I hope is that he comes up with the idea for the story, and then hands it off. I thought the prequel trilogy had really good ideas behind it but was poorly executed. Put the screenplays through a rewrite and get a director who hasn't gone over 20 years without directing a movie, and (IMO) the prequels would easily be better than the original trilogy.


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Comment #47 by Spanish Assault
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 10:01:31 AM
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@4 P.S. We will all give you lots of money for the game....and I promise to buy season pass for it too.


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Comment #48 by Evil_laharl
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 10:44:03 AM
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Update: The sale was completed on the request from Disney that Lucas not include Jar Jar Binks and that his character is to be destroyed and burned from all time and history.


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Comment #49 by Jack Frost
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 10:44:59 AM
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Well, I don't think they should be making any more Star Wars films, but to know that George Lucas will not have a hand in them makes them better already.


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Comment #50 by thenewpeter
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 11:04:00 AM
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Well, I suppose it'll be interesting to see Luke turn evil at least, but it feels too soon for new movies, that said, when was the last one finished? I can't even remember...


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Comment #51 by General Boredom
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 11:12:31 AM
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@47 He says he has story treatments for Episodes VII-IX, and that he'll be handing those over to Kathleen Kennedy when she officially takes over. Otherwise, I don't think he'll be too involved.


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Comment #52 by wickedclowns95
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 11:45:50 AM
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Well here is $1 billion. He got two of these.

http://raincityhockey.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/one-billion-dollars-c-01.jpg


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Comment #53 by blinksmilewink
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 12:51:23 PM
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@4 Wondered how long it would take for someone to bring that up.


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Comment #54 by Launch
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 01:13:16 PM
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@3
But that's already happened.


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Comment #55 by xkin87x
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 01:21:10 PM
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i can't help but wonder what happens to Spielberg in this deal...


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Comment #56 by cheevo360
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 01:31:23 PM
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Oh please some of you kids hateful on Star Wars. Please just be grow up trolls, will you?

I very glad Disney rescue LucasArts. I cannot wait for new SW game and movie.


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Comment #57 by Masterchief950
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 02:11:16 PM
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Battlefront 3, KOTOR3,Republic commando 2 and I'll love you forever Disney lol


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Comment #58 by Akatsuki Sensor
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 03:01:37 PM
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George Lucas still has some strings attached to Star Wars, I can't remember where, or who I read saying it but I saw George Lucas himself say he was playing some role to do with it, I can't remember what it was. If asked, I will search for and provide the quote and link.

@56 - This could potentially bury Star Wars and make it a cheap cash in, the people leaving negative feedback are mostly die hard Star Wars fans who have already been repeatedly stabbed in the back and pissed on by George Lucas. I understand the hatred they feel, because Star Wars was a lot of peoples childhood, seeing something you love destroyed by the very person who made it is a horrible feeling. I have hope, but slight hope at that.

M1 Punk and anyone else calling it gay though, they're the childish bastards with nothing better to do.


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Comment #59 by DOA_Rose
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 03:27:02 PM
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@38 George Lucas always planned Star Wars as a 9 part saga

It has already been confirmed that 1313 will still be finished & released


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Comment #60 by JGar77
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 03:36:24 PM
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Does this mean Star Wars could make an appearance in the next Kingdom Hearts game?


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Comment #61 by Aeternox
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 03:56:41 PM
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Ah Disney crushing the dreams of yesterdays youth, THEY'VE RUINED MARVEL WHY NOT RUIN LUCAS ARTS AND STAR WARS GAMES! Maybe Battlefront will finally come out and Mickey mouse can be darth vader? Man unbelievable LOL I agree with the negative posts I find this to be absurd and 4.5 Billion is CRAZY money but still DISNEY IS THE NEW EA and they shall conquer ALL!!!! LOL


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Comment #62 by Social Cancer
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:36:22 PM
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@5 i think star wars news is important enough mate


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Comment #63 by Ultimo Godzilla
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 07:28:13 PM
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I don't like Star Wars but all you people coming on here and bashing it really need a life. If you don't enjoy it then pay no mind to it.


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Comment #64 by Jarhn Bhark
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 10:26:12 PM
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The movie will be for chidren and all games will be made with absolutely no regard for realsim. A sad day for both gamers and movie fans :(


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Comment #65 by asure orca
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 11:19:29 PM
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@59 First time i popped in my movie cassete and watched george lucas talk he said these are just the middle three episodes this is neither the end nor the begining and its like nobody ever remember him saying that He always planned for 9 episodes and guess what there are only 6 out so look forward to the other 3 guys cause this is gonna get intense lol Thanks 59


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Comment #66 by Dragon14785
Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 03:53:08 AM
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@61 I always been a big Marvel fan and I have seen no difference in the way they are run.

@64"Realism"! In Star Wars... Really?!


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Comment #67 by seven43861
Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 04:37:51 AM
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Disney is just going nuts for geek. First they buy Marvel, now LucasFilm, what's next? Syfy.


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Comment #68 by wickedclowns95
Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 01:31:55 PM
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I thought John Carter was pretty well done, if they kept that feel with a Star Wars skin it could be epic. I hope they bring back some of the old actors though.


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Comment #69 by Looter1
Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 10:23:30 PM
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@41 What did George Lucas do to make the prequels suck? 1 word - midi-f*cking-chlorians!!!! That's what!!!!


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Comment #70 by TheGreyMan
Friday, November 02, 2012 @ 10:44:33 AM
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@38 A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… I remember reading that the Star Wars saga was always planned to consist of 9 episodes. Somewhere along the way that plan got a little messed up, but looks like it might now happen that way after all. So presumable George Lucas had at least some idea of where the story would go after Episode VI.


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