George Lucas, 68, and his longtime girlfriend, Mellody Hobson, 43, haven’t been mum in public about their relationship.
The two have been often spotted together hand-in-hand on the red carpet, everywhere from the Cannes Film Festival to Formula One Grand Prix races to the NAACP awards, The Huffington Post.
This will become the second marriage for the ‘Star Wars’ filmmaker – he was previously married to Marcia Lucas (1969–1983) – and the first marriage for Hobson, who helms the $3 billion investment firm and is a regular financial contributor to “Good Morning America.”
George Lucas has recently made headlines after donating $4 billion to an education foundation – from money he received after selling Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney.
“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company,”Lucas said of his donation.
“As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy,” he added.
October saw the news that the Walt Disney Company had agreed to buy Lucasfilm from its founder, George Lucas, for $4.05 billion in stock and cash.
“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” Robert Iger, Disney’s chairman and chief executive explained.
“This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity.”
The company also said that half the price will be paid in stock and Disney plans to issue about 40m shares to cover the deal.
The world-famous filmmaker, who is 68 years old, said he was passing on Star Wars to a new generation of filmmakers.
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” he said. “I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”
He went on, adding that the deal meant the franchise could flourish. “Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products,” he added.
The new ‘Star Wars’ owner unveiled its plans to release at least three more films in the sci-fi franchise that ranks among the biggest movie franchises of all time.
The new Star Wars trilogy may await the appointment of director and cast, but the writers who are set to return us to the world of Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are now in place.
The force is especially strong with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. The two screenwriters have been tapped to write “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and “Episode IX”, as they will also come aboard to produce the films. The exact division of responsibilities within the two is yet to be determined.
The studio wants Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo in the film, though no deals have been made with the original actors. But it has been recently reported that Harrison Ford would be up for returning to the series, and Carrie Fisher told TMZ that she would definitely want in.
Also the rumor had it that British director Matthew Vaughn was to be in talks to helm the first film in the new trilogy, while Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg and Star Trek’s JJ Abrams have all ruled themselves out, wrote The Guardian.