Reaction to the news of the Lucasfilm purchase by Disney has been pretty constant around the net. From excitement to dread, people all over are sharing their opinions. Here are some of the more notable comments from within the world of Star Wars about the change in ownership, and of the upcoming third trilogy.

This article will be updated as more reactions surface.

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Pablo Hidalgo

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“Then, just a few short days ago, the other shoe dropped when I heard about the Walt Disney Company acquiring Lucasfilm. My first thought went to that 1990 article with its seven scant paragraphs that promised new movies. When George talked about the future of Star Wars, over 20 years ago, he was at Walt Disney World. It was destiny. The will of the Force at work.”

Jennifer Heddle

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  • “As far as we all know here, it’s still business as usual. I am personally VERY excited to work on books for Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. :)”
  • “Yeah, re: how new movies will affect EU? I don’t know yet. We’ll let you guys know when we know.”
  • “Yeah, I think Disney is the perfect company to do this. Hopefully it will mean great things!”
  • “My speculation? Some characters we know from EU. Broad strokes we might recognize. But completely new story. (Again, pure spec.)”

Mary Franklin

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  • “All good here – business as usual. Star Wars fan leaders, please continue to contact me as you always have.”
  • “carrying on business as usual. Working on Europe, and thinking about VII!”

J.W. Rinzler

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“As of today, Lucas has given his new co-chairman Kathleen Kennedy several ideas and is really going into semi-retirement. Now, in a relatively short time, compared to the decades of speculation, fans will learn the secrets of Episodes VII, VIII & IX. Star Wars has risen again!”

Joel Aron

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  • “So proud and honored to be working on #starwars #clonewars at this amazing time! And looking forward to the future! :)”
  • “I’m so off the charts excited, that I can’t wait to get to work in the morning! Today is a huge day for Star Wars!”

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Timothy Zahn

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“1. No, I haven’t been contacted by either Disney or LFL.
2. There’s no indication that anything from the Thrawn Trilogy (or any other EU book/comic will be part of the new movies.
3. There’s also no indication that they *won’t* make an appearance. Right now, we really have nothing on any of those details.
4. If Disney *did* want to use anything from the EU, they wouldn’t need the author’s approval or permission to do so. Everything that’s been written under the Star Wars logo is LFL properly (as is only right and proper), and they can do with it as they please.
5. If by some miracle Disney *does* want my input on the project, I *will* be on the next flight to California. Heck, I’ll charter a plane if I have to.”

Christie Golden

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“I love Star Wars and I love Disney. No one knows how this is going to play out, but I am optimistic!”

John Jackson Miller

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“I’ve said before that Star Wars is like a national park; a cultural treasure. All of us who’ve been fortunate enough to work with it do so with great respect and care. I’m sure Disney will do the same. After all, they’re fans, too!”

Nathan P. Butler

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“I am less concerned about the impact of Disney on Star Wars, given how well they handled the Marvel Cinematic Universe, than I am about the impact of an Episode VII set after Return of the Jedi. That very likely means the end and/or invalidation of the modern post-ROTJ Expanded Universe.”

Michael Stackpole

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“I’m sure that any of the EU writers would be thrilled to have their material included in new films. I also think it’s a long shot that we’ll be brought in since we’re not known for writing scripts. (Having written some, I can tell you, it’s a different animal.)

It will be a fun future, however. I can’t wait.”

Bryan Young

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“There is clearly a great many unknowns with something this big. What will a new Star Wars film look like? What will it feel like without a 20th Century Fox Logo? But there are many things to be grateful for: for one, this is George Lucas handing his baby over to the next generation on his terms. He will no longer be in full control of it and others will make the decisions, with him acting as creative consultant. We’ll get to see other filmmakers take on the saga, which is what many wanted and expected out of the Prequels. I love the prequels and wouldn’t wish them changed, but for many, this news is what they wanted.”

Abel G. Peña

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“I think the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney is a very, very good thing. For the sake of the franchise, this has just basically assured that, truly, Star Wars *will be* “forever”—or as close as we can get. I love Disney stuff, and I always unabashedly have. I watched Tangled in the theater *by myself*, and I plan to watch Wreck-It Ralph this weekend. Their stuff speaks to the kid in me, just like Star Wars always has.

Luke Skywalker. My dude…. I can barely believe it. This is a no-brainer. Bring on VII, VIII, IX.”

Dan Wallace

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“I’m definitely surprised, but am excited and looking forward to what comes next.

For a story to become a legend it needs to be reinterpreted for new generations: Alice in Wonderland was written in the 1800s, made into a Disney animated movie in the 1950s, and made into a popular Tim Burton movie in 2010. The Wizard of Oz was written in 1900, made into a popular movie in 1939, and made into a hit Broadway show in the 2000s.

It’s this kind of thing that keeps franchises alive in the public imagination, and I’d rather have Star Wars be a vibrant, living thing than just something we remember fondly from when we were younger.”

Sean Williams

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“It’s exciting we’ll have a new SW movie in 2015. Hopefully it won’t conflict with the EU, and hopefully the EU will continue to grow and evolve as it has so marvelously in recent years. I’m sure Disney will be respectful to the legion of fans out there, because without them Star Wars wouldn’t be the amazing thing it has become. Personally, I will keep my fingers crossed that The Force Unleashed III will become a going concern–that’s the story I most
want to see concluded, and soon!”

Actors

Ashley Eckstein

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“My two world’s have just collided #Disney buys #Lucasfilm My two FAVORITE things are are now one! Very exciting! WOAH!!”

Ewan McGregor

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“Disney have bought Lucasfilm and are planning on releasing Star Wars ep 7 in 2015!! Congrats George and best of luck with whatever is next.”

Matt Lanter

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“More Star Wars films announced!!! Ahh this is a good day!!”

Mark Hamill

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“Congratulations to George for today’s mega-deal! Can’t comment on Ep 7 before I have all the facts which are short supply right now-Patience”

Peter Mayhew

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  • “I’ve always liked that Mouse, and I’m looking forward to all the exciting possibilities this brings to the Star Wars Universe.”
  • “So Disney Princess Leia? Goodbye slave bikini, hello tasteful one piece….”
  • “About to start filming on Disney’s “Chewbacca and the Beast – A love story with no conditioner.”"
  • “Pssst. Stay calm and imagine the good things, like how about an entire Star Wars theme park at Disney designed by ILM….”
  • “About eleventy million of you have asked me about Chewie and episode VII. The answer is I don’t know. But feel free to start a movement….”

Other Notables

Sue Rostoni

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“This is great news! Bringing on Kathleen Kennedy was such a positive move, and now selling to Disney! Wonderful for George to reduce the stress of running a huge business, wonderful for the employees to be managed by a creative woman who understands entertainment, and fantastic for whichever educational endeavors George chooses to share proceeds with. And for the Fans! What could be better! More movies crafted by folks who already love the franchise. I’m very enthusiastic for the future of Star Wars.”

Steve Sansweet

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“When George started talking about retirement several years ago, many of us were concerned. We felt strongly that it would take more Star Wars movies to ensure the survival of the brand; Expanded Universe fiction, merchandise, and even great TV series weren’t enough. In my mind, at least, the best possible endgame for Lucasfilm would be an acquisition by Disney. These are two companies that have family entertainment in their DNA; they complement each other in so many ways. In fact, when Star Wars premiered in 1977, more than a few reviewers said it was the kind of film that Disney should be making.”

Kyle Newman

Via Twitter: Link

  • “If you have concerns about this Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm you are crazy. This means movies AND a theme park. Relax and enjoy. In 3D.”
  • “About to freeze myself in Carbonite. Wake me up on May 21, 2015. Thanks. Night. #starwars”

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