Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm today announced that three new titles will mark the return of the Star Wars franchise to Marvel comics beginning in January 2015. The new series will be considered canon and take place immediately after the events of Episode IV: A New Home.
Today in a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announced the creation of ‘Star Wars: Force for Change,’ a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and its innovative programs that are benefiting the world’s most vulnerable children.
Earlier today, at the media preview event at Nuremberg Toy Fair, the world got its first look at Chopper, Disney Channel and Lucasfilm revealed the first look at a brand new character from their upcoming animated series, ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ a droid named Chopper /aka/ the C1-10P. Disney has graciously provided us with images and behind-the-scenes featurette of Chopper, which you can find embedded below.
A website designed to promote the upcoming Disney XD Star Wars series, ‘Star Wars Rebe;s,’ has recently popped up at sienarfleetsystems.com.
Currently consisting only of a single propaganda image, the site seeks to appeal to citizens of the economically troubled planet Lothal to join defense contractor Sienar Fleet Systems. Promoting its primary product, the TIE Fighter, the poster promises that SFS’s objective is to produce ‘the latest in defense against threats to peace’ and to ‘bringing jobs and prosperity to Lothal.’
Yesterday, both Lucasfilm and Disney registered a series of domain names, clearly pointing to a couple of large projects we can possibly expect to learn more about in the coming months, if not much sooner.
‘Star Wars Attack Squadrons’ (or some variation thereof) is one of the two. Domains registered by Lucasfilm include: attacksquadron.org, attacksquadron.us, attacksquadrons.org, attacksquadrons.us, attacksquads.org, attacksquads.us, starwarsattacksquadrons.org, starwarsattacksquadrons.us, starwarssquad.org, starwarssquad.us, starwarssquadrons.org, starwarssquadrons.us, starwarssquads.org, starwarssquads.us, swattacksquadron.org, swattacksquadron.us, swattacksquadrons.org and swattacksquadrons.us.
Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), in conjunction with Rovio Entertainment Ltd. and Lucasfilm Ltd., today announced that the mobile gaming sensation, Angry Birds™ Star Wars®, is expected to release on console gaming systems for the first time October 29, 2013. Complete with new levels, features and platform-unique design elements, these new editions will be available for the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita, Nintendo’s Wii™ and Wii U™ systems and Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system.
Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) announced today that Disney has completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Lucasfilm to the Disney family,” said Iger. “Star Wars is one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time and this transaction combines that world class content with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets, which we believe will generate growth as well as significant long-term value.”
Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.
Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.