Thinking about possible developments in 2015 how likely is it that LEGO will be acquired by Disney? Quite possible. Look at the evidence.
Top LEGO licences:
Jake and the Neverland Pirates
And now Frozen
All owned by Disney.
What could block it?
The Warner Brothers licences, Batman, DC superheroes. The biggest threat to a Disney take over of LEGO might be the HOBBIT/Lord Of The Rings franchises. Tolkien famously stated he didn’t want Disney having anything to do with his Characters.
So the Star Wars Sequel trilogy will now happen as announced by DISNEY who have just bought LucasFilm from George Lucas.
Kathleen 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.
This is a good thing. This means we will get more Star Wars films. If they are BAD, what the hey, fandom managed to move on from the prequels. I don’t really see any Original Trilogy merchandise burning ala Simon Pegg in Spaced.
What I think could have made this a better thing, is if Lucas retained the rights and leased them to small independent directors / production companies in order to seperate the series from being a device to sell action figures and video games.
Along with leased rights he could of invested £30million. A very modest budget but good enough to use up and comming actors, not weigh too heavy on special effects and most importantly innovation from film makers. Take the trilogy back to its roots.
We also expect Lucasfilm moving to Disney to add new life to the Indiana Jones series.
TRON is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that?s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father?s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin?s loyal confidant (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.
Bruce Boxleitner and Jeff Bridges reprise their original roles from the 1982 cutting edge CGI film TRON for the sequel Tron: Legacy
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment are inviting you to join in the hunt for WALLE! Hes coming home to the UK on 24th November but whereabouts in the UK will he land? Daily clues will be released to help you guess his landing location and win out of this world prizes including a holiday for four to San Francisco!
Simply visit the Find WALLE website www.findwalle.co.uk – to place your pin on the map in the location you think WALLE will land on November 24th. On that day a giant image of WALLE – created out of scrap by Art Attack presented Neil Buchan and visible from air – will be revealed in this secret location. The first pin closest before midnight 23rd November wins! You can move your pin once per day, so look and listen out for the daily clues to give you that added advantage.
Visit www.findwalle.co.uk from November 7th and see if you can find WALLE! Good luck!