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Lucasfilm: Disney buys Star Wars production company

The US media group Walt Disney is taking over the Lucasfilm des production company for around four billion dollars Starwars - Director George Lucas. Disney says it wants to pay half of the purchase price in cash. In addition, the company wants to issue around 40 million shares.

George Lucas, sole owner and founder of Lucasfilm, planned this step for a long time. He said the time had come for him Starwars to pass on to a new generation of filmmakers. It was important to him to ensure a transition while still alive. " Starwars will surely live on. "

Disney has already announced a seventh installment in the Star Wars series for 2015. Episodes 8 and 9 are also already planned. "Our long-term plan is to bring out a new feature film every two to three years," said Disney boss Bob Iger. The new films will be released under the Disney-Lucasfilm brand.

The previous Deputy CEO of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, is to lead the company as President from now on. In this role, she will report to the chairman of the board of directors of Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn.

The Disney group already owns the animation film company Pixar, the comic book publisher Marvel and the US television networks ESPN and ABC.