We want our Star Wars – and thanks to Disney – it looks like we’re going to get another three!
You’ve probably heard the news already. In a deal worth just over $4 billion, Disney is buying Lucasfilm Ltd from George Lucas.
Lucas, 68, is the sole owner of Lucasfilm, which owns the rights to the entire Star Wars franchise. That’s not all though. Lucasfilm owns the Indiana Jones franchise as well. Disney has Indy too!
Disney says they already have plans for a new Star Wars trilogy. It will start with episode 7. The story will pick up at the end of “Return of the Jedi,” which was released in 2005. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, will all be included in the new trilogy.
According to Disney, episode 7 is planned for a 2015 release. They will continue to release new Star Wars episodes every few years after that.
In buying Lucasfilm, Disney not only gains the rights to make future Star Wars and Indiana Jones episodes – they also get the rights to the previously made movies.
Right now, none of the Star Wars or Indiana Jones are available through online streaming. Not through any legitimate sites, at least. Netflix doesn’t have it, neither does Hulu. It’s not available through Amazon Instant Video nor iTunes.
The only way we see to get the movies right now is either on DVD or Blu-ray. And even with that, they come at a premium price. Especially for DVD’s for some reason.
Disney does have a little known outlet for streaming Disney Movies called Disney Movies Online. They currently have a pretty extensive library of movies available streaming. Their library ranges from older movies, such as Mary Poppins and The Aristocats, on up to more modern movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The movies we found ran from $9.99 to $14.99. Not cheap if comparing them to something like Netflix – but in line with what movies cost on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes.
Will Disney put Star Wars and Indiana Jones online through Disney Movies Online? We’ve sent a request to Disney asking about this. As of publication time we have not received a reply. We’ll update this story if the information comes in.
What do you think about Disney buying Star Wars and Indiana Jones? Will they do good with these beloved stories, or make a mess of things? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!