The Force Awakens isn’t even out yet and it’s already boosting Disney’s earnings

The Force Awakens Originally posted at qz.com by Ashley Rodriguez Picture: “They’re coming.” (Lucasfilm) In 2012, the Walt Disney Company paid $4 billion to acquire Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars. Now, it’s about to truly reap the rewards of that investment.The entertainment behemoth, which is gearing up to release Star Wars: The Force Awakens on…

Star Wars EP VIII goes back to Skellig Michael

originally posted at theguardian.com by Ben Child Star Wars EP VIII goes back to Skellig Michael Irish government announces that Rian Johnson’s space-opera sequel will film on the tiny outcrop despite the objections of conservationists Conservation controversy … Skellig Michael. Photograph: De Agostini/S. Vannini/Getty Disney and Lucasfilm will return to the remote Irish island of…

Josh Trank to Direct ‘Star Wars’ Standalone Movie

Originally posted at variety.com JUNE 4, 2014 | 09:06AM PT “Chronicle” and “Fantastic Four”-helmer Josh Trank will direct a standalone “Star Wars” movie,Lucasfilm and Disney have announced. The subject of the movie has not been revealed, but would feature characters from the “Star Wars” universe and not be part of the upcoming trilogy, starting with next year’s “Star Wars: Episode VII” that…

San Francisco offers waterfront site to George Lucas for museum

BY JENNIFER CHAUSSEE Fri May 30, 2014 5:58pm EDT Filmmaker George Lucas looks on during the opening of Lucasfilm’s new animation production facility, the Sandcrawler, in Singapore January 16, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/EDGAR SU  (Reuters) – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has offered George Lucas 2.3 acres of waterfront real estate in hopes that the director…