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Five Reasons Why Star Wars Movies Will Be Better Under the Walt Disney Company

Star Wars fans around the world probably felt a major tremor in the Force on Tuesday as news broke across the universe that the Walt Disney Company is buying Lucasfilm from its founder George Lucas. And here's the kicker: The company is gonna start making Star Wars films almost immediately, with Episode VII coming out in 2015.

Better start planning your lineup now, Jedi fans.

The news of Disney's latest purchase of a geek-friendly franchise (the company also scooped up The Muppets in 2004 and Marvel Comics in 2009) is nothing but good news for fans of the space opera saga. See also: - Seven Phoenix Landmarks That Totally Remind Us of Science Fiction - Seven Worst Changes to the Star Wars Trilogy by George Lucas - The Star Wars That I Used to Know (Video)

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.