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Disney buys Star Wars: Your views

Disney is buying Lucasfilm, the company behind the Star Wars films, from its chairman and founder George Lucas for $4.05bn (£2.5bn).

In a statement announcing the purchase, Disney said it planned to release a new Star Wars film, episode seven, in 2015, followed by episodes eight and nine and then one new movie every two or three years.

Star Wars fans have been sharing their views on this latest development with the famous franchise.

Rob O'Shea, Swansea, Wales

Image caption Rob O'Shea's children as Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and a Stormtrooper. Photo: Rob O'Shea

I am glad somebody is continuing the franchise and making episodes seven, eight and nine. The fact it's Disney doesn't bother me at all.

They have been linked with the franchise with the theme parks for many years so I feel it would have been a natural home if Lucas was moving on.

I grew up enjoying the films and now my three children are enjoying the original films as well. They're chuffed that there will be new films released.

I felt the prequels went down a path which switched the target audience from the originals and were inferior as a result.

I still get excited when I watch episode four and Ben refers to Luke's father and talks about the Clone Wars. I then think of what they filmed and I cringe!

Part of me wishes the prequels had never been made but a great way to forget them is to make more movies. I think Disney will do a good job they have the chance to redeem the franchise.

David Husbands, Chester-Le-Street, England

Image caption David Husbands: 'I am looking forward to the next three episodes - do us proud Disney'

The new Star Wars films are certainly going to be interesting. I have been a massive Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember.

In fact the first film I ever saw was Return of the Jedi, and it was amazing seeing it on the big screen.

I remember when George Lucas said he wouldn't make any more Star Wars films, but now that Disney will produce more Star Films, I'm intrigued!

How episode six ended, there is certainly enough material for more films to follow.

I worked in a cinema in Nottingham when episode one, The Phantom Menace, was released so you could say I was on the frontline for receiving criticism about the film.

I always stood my ground and defended the movie by saying "how can you judge an entire story by it's first chapter?" I am looking forward to the next three episodes. Do us proud Disney.

Lizzi Carter, Exeter, England

Image caption Lizzi Carter: 'Star Wars is a a six-film masterpiece that shouldn't be touched out of respect'

I've been a fan since the age of four and naturally the saga is extremely special to me. Star Wars was unlike anything I'd seen before - it was a whole new world of entertainment.

Also, it teaches you a great deal about determination, loyalty and sacrifice.

As an adult, I'm amazed by the expansiveness of it. At first, when one of my fellow fans posted the announcement on the website we frequent, I thought it was a joke.

There is a certain image that Disney has that I don't believe belongs anywhere near Star Wars. Disney has a certain image which differs from the Star Wars image.

Of all companies to take hold of Star Wars, Disney is the absolute last one I wanted in control of our beloved franchise.

I used to think that if a sequel trilogy is announced that I'd be overjoyed but this announcement is bitter sweet. For me, Star Wars is a done deal - a six-film masterpiece that shouldn't be touched out of respect.

Part of me would like to go to a midnight showing of the 2015 film but I can't separate that the film will be a Disney production - it's borderline sacrilege. Although I would like others to see it first so I can hear what they think of the film.

Tom O'Brien, Birmingham, England

Image caption Tom O'Brien: 'I will watch the new movies but I only expect to be disappointed'

I have been a huge Star Wars fan ever since my dad bought me the video as a child.

There was something different, something unexplainably mesmerising about the characters and their individual adventures. I even enjoyed episodes one to three, admittedly not as much as the originals.

If you look back at the history of the making of Star Wars it was destined to fail, and made many people sceptical about Lucas and his ideas.

However I believe this in turn was a key reason for its success. It became a cult classic.

Yet after The Phantom Menace which was clearly designed to be a huge blockbuster and aimed at a much wider audience, I believe, like Darth Vader, Lucas could not turn away from the money and fame (the darkside) so the franchise had to be bought.

Furthermore I believe this to be his only motive for "passing" Star Wars on to the next generation.

However, I will watch the new movies when they come out, but I only expect to be disappointed. This is such a shame.

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