The day Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker became Disney heroes (2012)

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Monday, 30 October 2017

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Film and television production company Lucasfilm, set up by filmmaker George Lucas in 1971, produced many successful films like Indiana Jones and Star Wars. Lucas experienced his first commercial success in 1973, with the film American Graffiti. Lucas co-wrote and directed the movie that gave look at one evening in the lives of some high-school graduates during the early 1960’s. No wonder Disney decided to buy Lucasfilm. They did so on the 30th of October 2012, for 4 billion dollars. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ was the first Star Wars film produced and released by Disney in 2015.

40 million Disney shares
Not only got Lucas 4 billion dollars on his bank account, he also got 40 million Disney shares out of the deal he made. This makes him the second largest privately shareholder of Disney stocks of all time, besides Steve Jobs.
After Disney took-over Lucasfilm, George Lucas decided to retire. However, the heart wants what it wants. Since his retirement Lucas occasionally advises Disney in the making of the new Star Wars trilogy.

360 trivial fact
George Lucas originally set up Pixar Animations Studios. The company was set up in 1979, was called the ‘Graphics Group’ until it was sold in 1986 to Steve Jobs for 10 million dollars. Jobs renamed the company ‘Pixar’ and build it to one of the famous animation company as it is today. Disney already bought Pixar in 2006 for 7,4 billion dollars.


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