You might have heard this already, but it seems that the Walt Disney Company has purchased Lucasfilm. You know, when I first saw links to this start popping up on my Facebook wall, I initially thought it was some sort of Halloween prank. But when trusted old media news outlets like The Washington Post (via The Associated Press) are reporting it, then I suppose its got to be true. Even better, or worse, depending on your point of view, the House of Mouse is promising that there will be a new Star Wars film coming to a theater near you in 2015, with further adventures to follow every couple of years thereafter.
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Except for the first movie (that's the first first movie, not the second first movie), I'm not that big of a fan of the Star Wars franchise. Thus, I'm neither thrilled nor overly chagrined by this news. However, I can't help but wonder, being a comics blogger, how this is going to affect the industry I'm unhealthily obsessed with, specifically Dark Horse Comics, current publisher of Star Wars adventures in sequential form. After all, it seems only logical that as proud owner of its own comics company, Disney would want to produce Star Wars comics in-house, and thus bring the license back to original home at Marvel Comics.
I just now as I type this heard some economic expert on the International Public Radio program Marketplace say that Disney is "pursuing a strategy of buying big entertainment companies and monetizing that content across all divisions of the company." That little bit of financial double speak would seem to argue for the Star Wars franchise returning to Marvel once Dark Horse's license expires.
As with all things, only time will tell and when there are any more newsworthy developments, I'll let you know.