Today the Bloomberg Businessweek website posted a great article that gives us an inside look at how the purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney went down behind the scenes. We get some insight as to what Disney Chairman Bob Iger wanted to do with the franchise before he bought it, as well as the process of George Lucas showing Disney his treatments of the new trilogy for the first time. But also in the article, there are some interesting quotes made by George Lucas, including this one about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford Returning for Episode VII:
“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’?” He pauses. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.” Then he adds: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
This story is a real fascinating read, so you definitely want to check out the full article of how Disney acquired Lucasfilm in the link below.