By now everyone is well aware of the buy-out of Lucasfilm by the Walt Disney Company. With the amount of talk this generates and the uproar it's caused in diehard fans, it's easy to get swept up and miss “even more” news coming out of this deal.
The $4.05 billion sale of Lucasfilm should be final soon, which honestly I'm shocked Lucasfilm went for so cheap. George owns 100 percent of that corporation, which then means all that money goes straight to him. However in a move to "celebrate a new direction in life and focus more on philanthropy, it has been decided that a majority of the money from the sale will be sent to charity." That's basically saying that Star Wars was the most successful bake sale in history. Another interesting twist in all this is that Mark Hamill recently stated in an interview that he, and on screen sister Carrie Fisher knew about the plans for Episode 7, 8 and 9 back in August, long before the announcement that came this week. He said that George had invited him and Carrie to lunch, and broke it to them that they were planning to do a follow-up to the original films.
Mark was not shocked by this, having figured the initial meeting was in regards to a new DVD release of the series, or perhaps had something to do with the planned live action series. He doubted very heavily that these films would have anything to do with the original cast. The Disney buy-out however was a huge shock to them, and he admits to being on the fence about it all, though noted that it's worked out well for Marvel Comics thus far.