I remember years ago, in the months before Jim Henson's death in 1990, he pursued extensive discussions with The Walt Disney Company based on his strong belief that Disney would be a perfect home for the Muppets. But, it wasn't until 2004 that Disney officially bought the Muppets.
Jim Henson's daughter, Lisa Henson, said in an interview with Muppet Central News. "As such, the deal we announced today (February 17, 2004) is the realization of my father's dream, and ensures that the Muppet characters will live, flourish and continue to delight audiences everywhere, forever."
Marvel Comics Chief Executive Ike Perlmutter said, "Disney is the perfect home for Marvel's fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses. This is an unparalleled opportunity for Marvel to build upon its vibrant brand and character properties by accessing Disney's tremendous global organization and infrastructure around the world." Well said.
On October 30, 2012 it was announced that Lucasfilm would be acquired by The Walt Disney Company for $4.05 billion. George Lucas, chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm Ltd said, "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." By the way, George Lucas donated the $4.05 billion to education.
Now the adventure continues! The seventh movie, with a working title of "Episode 7," is set for release in 2015. Episodes 8 and 9 will follow. The new trilogy will carry the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia beyond "Return of the Jedi," the third film released and the sixth in the saga. After that, Disney plans a new "Star Wars" movie every two or three years. Lucas will serve as creative consultant in the new movies!
I personally love Star Wars! The characters and story line have become apart of our culture. Creating a galaxy as real as our own and influencing generation upon generation.
Having seen "The Avengers" recently, I can see what a merger with Disney can do! It's Like putting gasoline to a flame!
It's all about that Disney magic that was instilled by Walt Disney and continues 46 years after his passing! I don't doubt that the Walt Disney Company will continue to grow and expand bringing family entertainment for generations to come.
"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse." Walt Disney.