Disney have bought Lucasfilm from founder George Lucas for $4.2bn. The firm is most famous for producing the 'Stars Wars' films as well as providing special effects for other companies.
Disney are to produce two more 'Star Wars' over the next 18 months and this will be followed by one a year for the next six to eight years. "There is a real appetite there for more and we hope to expand the franchise." a Disney spokesman said "We hope to feed that and bring the films to new generations."
Disney bought Marvel the home to characters such as Captain America and Spider-Man 2010 and have spent the last few years creating the Marvel Movie Universe which ties together all of the Marvel characters as they are in the comic book universe. Disney are planning to do the same with 'Star Wars' bringing adventures from the Star Wars comics to the screen along with new adventures for beloved characters from the existing films.
"We hope to the be able to remaster the 'Star Wars: Holiday Special' for 3D release in time for Thanksgiving 2013." Disney said "Following that we are planning on a feature film featuring beloved 'Phantom Menace' character Ja Ja Binks.
Star Wars fans are known to be obsessive and very possessive and as soon as the news came out the internet was soon alight with debate. "I'm devastated it's like Playboy becoming the publisher of the Bible." A man calling him self 'Captain Solo' told Sci-Fi news "Star Wars cannot be reduced to the level of Mickey and Pluto."
"I'm crying, literally crying into my Darth Maul blanket" An internet poster called Darth James "I was thirty when the first film came out and it changed my life. I had something to live for and something to collect. Now it's gone to Disney and I can't stop crying."
George Lucas himself has not commented although he is rumored to be planning on buying the Hispania Formula One team. Lucas has a long interest in the sport and based Darth Vader's helmet on a style of racing helmet popular in the mid 70's.