Disney is adding the Star Wars franchise to their stable of characters; until now Lucasfilm was 100% owned by its founder, George Lucas.
Whilst ranked behind previous buyouts of Capital Cities/ABC and, more recently, Pixar, it trumps what they paid for Marvel back in August 2009.
George Lucas, Chairman and Chief, said in a statement “it’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers”.
Perhaps a pity he didn’t do this before Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
The latest part of the Star Wars saga, Episode VII, is targeted for release in 2015.
There’s A New Hope that “the force is strong with this one”.
More to follow.