Smart When Shouting writes:
In an incredibly surprising move, Disney announced early Oct. 30 that they would be purchasing Lucasfilm in its entirety for $4 billion in cash and stock. Through its purchase Disney will own the main Lucasfilm production company, post-processing subsidiaries Skywalker Sound and Industrial Lights & Magic,video game publisher LucasArts, and the full rights to the Star Wars franchise.
Though the deal does not include the rights to Indiana Jones, which is still held up at Paramount Pictures, or rights to previous Lucas properties like THX, the buyout is undoubtedly massive. Though Disney parks have always featured some Lucas influence in the form of attractions and their annual Star Wars Weekends events, purchasing the company in whole is a major step for the House of Mouse.
However, it’s undoubtedly a good one.