Disney buys Star Wars

Disney is to buy LucasFilm in a deal worth more than £2.5 billion, the company said.

A Disney statement confirmed that the takeover would mean that the Star Wars franchise will now be owned by the company founded by Walt Disney in 1923.

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Disney chairman: Star Wars deal to generate 'significant long-term value'

Robert Iger, chairman of the Walt Disney Company, said the deal would "generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."

Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas.

This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.

– Robert A. Iger, Chairman, The Walt Disney Company

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Lucas: 'It's time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers'

LucasFilm Chairman George Lucas said the deal was aimed at ensuring that Star Wars would "flourish for many generations to come."

For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next.

It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.

I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.

Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.

– George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm

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Disney to buy Lucasfilm for $4bn

"Star Wars" cast members and director George Lucas (right) pose in Tokyo during press for Star Wars: Episode III in 2005. Credit: Reuters

Disney is to buy LucasFilm in a deal worth more than $4 billion (£2.5 billion), the company said.

A Disney statement confirmed that the takeover would also mean that the entire Star Wars franchise will now be owned by the company founded by Walt Disney in 1923.