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Disney Buys Lucasfilm for $4 Billion


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Photo by Todd Anderson/Disney via Getty Images
In this handout image provided by Disney, George Lucas meets a group of 'Star Wars'-inspired Disney characters Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Photo by Todd Anderson/Disney via Getty Images
In this handout image provided by Disney, George Lucas meets a group of 'Star Wars'-inspired Disney characters Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Will Mickey Mouse be wielding a light saber sometime soon? On Tuesday, Disney bought Lucasfilm, the Marin-based company owned by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, for over $4 billion. Disney is now set to release the seventh "Star Wars" film by 2015. So what will this mean for the future of the "Star Wars" franchise ... and for George Lucas?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Dale Pollock, professor of cinema studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and author of "Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas"
  • Jason E. Squire, associate professor of the practice of cinematic arts at the University of Southern California
  • Peter Hartlaub, pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Sharon Waxman, founder and editor in chief of TheWrap.com

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