announcement that The Walt Disney Company is acquiring Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4.05 billion in cash and stock.
Since the deal includes not only the Star Wars franchise, but also Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound divisions, Pixar and Disney Animation (to say nothing of Marvel) won't have to venture far for post-production services.
As it is right now, Pixar has stayed close to its former parent, using Skywalker sound designers on all its films. When I visited Skywalker back in 2010, I got the impression that the people working on Toy Story 3's sound were Pixar employees in all but name only.
With Lucasfilm now under the same Mouse-shaped umbrella, those relationships will be completely unconstrained. There's also the distinct possibility that Disney may see ILM as a potential future source of animated features. Remember Rango?
Yeah, Bob Iger looks a bit stiff in a suit, but he's proving to be a daring, long-term-thinking CEO. First acquiring Pixar (2006, $7.4 billion), then Marvel (2009, $4.24 billion), now Lucasfilm. I can't wait to find out what's coming in three years time.