If you had trouble getting to sleep last night, it was probably thanks to the huge disturbance in the force caused by $4.5bn changing hands. Disney now owns LucasFilm, which means that it now owns Star Wars. And there’s a new one on the way.

Join us as we take a quick snap shot of the web’s reaction…

“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,” said the statement following the deal, which took place overnight in the US.

Now, you can normally get a pretty good feel for the world’s reaction to news like this from Twitter. Thing is, while you’d expect the sound of yet more Star Wars barrel-scraping to give most of Twitter a headache, there’s actually been a bit of a mixed reaction.

We’ve trawled through and found that, by and large, about the same amount of people seem to be excited about Star Wars Episode VII as those who just want it to die.

Here’s a few of the good’uns:


And here’s a few of the not-so-good’uns:

Searching for both ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Episode VII’ on Twitter opinion poller twitrratr shows it’s a bit of a mixed bag, with roughly even numbers in the for and against camps.

But the rest of the web hasn’t been quite as divisive as Twitter. The news quickly hit the front page of Reddit too, as you’d imagine, with a post asking for people’s thoughts on the news. The most upvoted response out of over 7000? This:



But by far our favourite web response has been the (now edited) sidebar on the Star Wars Episode VII Wikipedia page:



So, over to you: Star Wars Episode VII – is this good news, or the flogging of a 40 year-old horse cadaver? Let us know your thoughts below…

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