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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Disney buys Lucasfilm, vows to make more ‘Stars Wars’ movies and makes Twitter go berserk

The Walt Disney Co. confirmed Tuesday that it is purchasing Lucasfilm for $4.5 billion and, courtesy of this acquisition, will release three new ”Stars Wars” movies, beginning with a seventh episode in 2015.

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“The last ‘Star Wars’ movie release was 2005’s ‘Revenge of the Sith’ — and we believe there’s substantial pent-up demand,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.

George Lucas, creator of all things Jedi, chimed in to add, “It’s now time for me to pass ‘Star Wars’ on to a new generation of filmmakers.”

That sound you heard right after this news broke was legions of “Star Wars” fans yelling this:

That other sound you heard was the clickety-click and/or tappity tap of “Star Wars” fans tweeting their thoughts about this mind-altering development; an entertainment merger that ensures that everything we hold sacred regarding our childhood pop cultural memories is now controlled by a single corporate entity.

Some of the Twitter snarkery focused on the potential Disney-fication of the new “Star Wars” movies, as organized via the hashtag #DisneyStarWars.

Others, like “The Guild’s” Felicia Day, remained optimistic about this development:

Seth Meyers kept matters in superstorm perspective:

Others offered casting suggestions of the blatantly ridiculous variety:

And of the slightly less ridiculous variety:

And of the Bieber variety:

I can’t embed uber-“Star Wars” fan Damon Lindelof’s tweet because it has a curse word in it. But it basically said this, and I think it sums up my reaction and the reaction of many who still can’t quite process all of this.

“The reason I didn’t tweet immediately is due to the heart attack I just had. Holy ----. #EpisodeVII”

Needless to say, this conversation is going to continue for quite some time. Let’s close it, for now, by giving the floor to the only guy who seems appropriate.

By  |  05:20 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Star Wars

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