“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to
see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said
George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm.
“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. […]
Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become
President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman
Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for
Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business
to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global
franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new
Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative
consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015,
with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga
and grow the franchise well into the future.
Exciting news. But it’s hard to imagine a Star Wars film opening without the 20th Century Fox fanfare.