George Lucas shocked the entertainment world with the announcement of a $4.05 billion deal that would give Lucasfilm to the Walt Disney Company. The news flash represented far more than the latest checkbook chapter in this Disney empire-building era (Pixar, Marvel and the Muppets are already part of the corporate universe) or a colossal moment in the philanthropic world (Lucas will donate most of the money to charity); the Star Wars saga will strike back in 2015 with the opening installment of a new live-action trilogy as the new team–with Jurassic Park and Lincoln producer Kathleen Kennedy Lucasfilm’s president– tries to make magic for Disney shareholders.
Where will the plot go? What characters and actors might be feeling the Force? Who will direct? Entertainment Weekly offers an inside report on the future of the franchise in their latest issue. Plus, A-List filmmakers weigh in on the big announcement (and one of them has a bad feeling about this).