Disney Buys Lucasfilm and Opens door for new Star Wars Movie

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Disney has already proven that they can successfully buy a big franchise and make it even more successful. Just look at the Marvel and the current successes at the box office. Disney has done it again by buying the Lucasfilm and will be looking at expanding not only the Disney family, but also expanding the Star Wars universe. The deal is worth $4 billion and is the biggest buy out deal Disney ever made and the fourth biggest buy out deal up to date. Disney will pony up half of the total in cash and will issue another part in 40 million shares.

This opens the doors to many new Star Wars films and Disney CEO Robert Iger already mention that we can expect a new Star Wars film every 2 or 3 years. George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars universe, is ready to pass on his legacy.

 “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next, It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers”
George Lucas

With this deal Disney will acquire full ownership of Star Wars franchise as well as the cutting edge technology from Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound and more. Current Lucasfilm Co-Chairman, Kathleen Kennedy, will become the president of the Lucasfilm department.

Star Wars Episode 7 will be the first movie that will come from this deal. While Disney has full control of the new Star Wars movie, George Lucas will still play a part of the process as a creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is set for a 2015 release.

The possibilities with this new deal are endless. One can only hope that Star Wars will find an even more prominent place in the parks. There have been rumors of expansions at the Disney Hollywood Studios for a while. (example a Cantina) This deal could be that little extra push to see this happening even sooner then the fans had hoped for. This is just the beginning of a big story, one that we will follow closely for sure.

Tron Trilogy Rumors and News

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

It’s not a big surprise that Disney is looking at making 2 more Tron movies to complete a “new trilogy”. The movie made a global gross of $399 Million during it’s theatrical run. It’s a “small” profit on a approximately $340 million price tag (making and marketing costs combined), but enough to convince Disney to take it further. It also puts Joseph Kosinski on the map as the highest grossing first time director of a live action movie.

Another reason why a second and third movie is a good idea are the very good Toy sales! This might become yet another one of these Cars successes where the after sale of merchandise is the big money magnet. Add the DVD sale that has just started to the total and everybody at Disney, including their shareholders, will be more than happy. I know I am! Not just because of the positive news above, but especially for 2 more movies. Another nice success is the very popular music from the movie. Daft Punk’s soundtrack sold 615,000 copies world wide. (more…)

Tron Legacy Sequel

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

With a worldwide cross that will hit $300 million it’s no big surprise we might be getting the Tron Legacy sequel without having to wait another 28 years as we Tron geeks had to do after the first movie. Rumors indicate that Disney might be giving the thumbs up and green light the next Tron movie very soon.

It might have had bad reviews from the press, but the general movie goers and public seem to love it enough to fill the theater seats. It looks like Disney could be turning Tron into a big franchise. A TV series is already said to be in the making, keeping the Legacy alive, but a new movie could be  a lot closer too if this rumor from the grapevine is correct. (more…)

Disney’s Blu-Ray 3D List for 2011

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Disney has announced a list of titles that will be released on Blu-Ray 3D. Including in third list is The Liong King and Beauty and The Beast. Both will have their 3D debut on Blu-Ray.

Other titles for 2011 are the two newest movies Tron Legacy and Tangled. Also on the 2011 3D movie  list so far are; Bolt, Meet the Robinsons, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, G-Force and Chicken Little.

Disney plans to release over 15 3D titles this year. These movies will be added to Disney’s 3D available list that already includes Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s A Christmas Carol and Step Up 3.

Tron Opening Weekend Numbers

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Tron did get some heat and bad reviews from the press, but the numbers aren’t to bad as the first weekend Box Office brought $66,6 million worldwide. Especially the IMAX 3D version did very well, grossing a sweet estimated $10,3 million of that total $66,6 million on this first weekend. The $100 million is near and with the movie still to be released in multiple countries for sure an easy target. (more…)

Tron Legacy Doomed?

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Although the movie isn’t out yet first reviews are in from advance screenings for the media and it doesn’t look good. One should not listen to the media reporters and make up your own minds, but it still doesn’t look very promising when most of them don’t have that much of good stuff to say about it. I still can’t wait to see this (I am a fan of the “old” movie), but am a little worried now that this could kill the franchise if the public won’t like it and the Tron universe might be gone for good after this movie. (more…)

InspEarations TRON Mickey Statue

Monday, December 6th, 2010

If you are both a Mickey Mouse fan and a Tron fan (like me) then this is the auction for you. The original InspEarations TRON Mickey Statue is up for grabs on Ebay. Starting bid is $9500, or you can buy it now for $15000. This statue was specially designed for  Mickey’s 75th birthday and has originally been displayed in the park. This is one beautiful collectible!

To bid or buy this item or to see some more picture visit the original Ebay page. 4 days left for those that want to place a bid.

Tron Legacy Month

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

It is almost time! Tron Legacy will be released this month on December 17. Not long to wait anymore, but for those that can’t check out some of the new featurettes that are online.

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Hot Toys Tron Legacy: Sam Flynn and Light Cycle

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

One of the best and hottest toy companies at the moment is based in Hong Kong. This company is Hot Toys and creates some of the best ever figures ever seen in the toy business. The have created some of the most spectacular toys from movies like Aliens, Aliens vs Predator or from Marvel figures like the upcoming Ghost Rider or some of the best Iron Man figures. Iron Man II might have been the worst Super Heroes movie of this year, but the Hot Toys Whiplash and Black Widow figure are amazing! While toys sounds like something for the little once, this is not the case for the Hot Toys figures. These figures well well above the $100 a piece and are pieces of art that belong on display. The figures are mostly limited, making them even more collectible. (more…)

Tron going Retro

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

A new Tron Legacy poster has been released and it is taking us back to the 1982 movie. Nice little touch by the Tron crew! Below you see the old movie next to the new one.

Tron Heroes

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Marvel has finaly released some of the Tron variant covers. Here are 10 of the covers.

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Tron Variants

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Marvel and Disney! They are one and the same (sort of) as Disney bought Marvel. You can already notice this joint venture by the Tron movie adaption’s that are going to appear. But Marvel has more plans. There will be 4 variant comic covers related to Tron in November. There are no pictures yet but the titels of the comic books with variants are: Thor #617, Avengers #7, Captain America #612 and Secret Avengers #7.

Comic book store can order these variants in a ratio of 15 other books of the same title. So if a store orders 15 regular Thor covers it can order 1 extra Thor Tron Variant cover.

ElecTRONica Artwork

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

To celebrate the start of TRON Legacy Disney will trow a party the way only Disney can. This fall, during night time, Disney California Adventure park will transform in a real TRON delight. The Hollywood Pictures Backlot will transform into a fantastic TRON scene straight from the movie. The events will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Disney has released some amazing artwork to show what you as a guest can expect on your visit to the virtual world of Tron.

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Tron Comic Adaptation (updated)

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

With Marvel being owned by Disney we can’t be surprised to see Disney related comics to appear. Movie adaptations are very common so, again to no surprise, a Tron Original movie adaptation would hit the shelves too. Marvel will release the “Tron: Original Movie Adaptation 1” in November. Release date is set for September 3rd.

This is more then a month before the next movie will hit the theaters (December 17) and should be a good reed before the sequel comes out.

I have the comic on my pull list!

Picture copyrights Marvel

Tron: the Soundtrack

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

If you would want to know how the Tron soundtrack will sound like you should visit the End 107.7 site. There is a collection of 6 short tracks from the soundtrack. It will give you a good idea on what to expect from Daft Punk, the group who wrote the music.

Some of these are only to be found here (at this time) and not even on the official website. Headsets up and enjoy!