Disney announced that it is buying Lucasfilm, the studio behind the iconic Star Wars films, for more than $4-billion dollars Tuesday afternoon.

Disney also announced it was planning a new Star Wars film slated for release in 2015. "It's now time for me to pass 'Star Wars' on to a new generation of filmmakers. 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," Star Wars creator George Lucas said in a statement.

While the idea of new Star Wars movies raises rabid anger among Star Wars traditionalists (example of outrage in our newsroom included "Stop ruining my childhood," "Nooooooooo" and the petition we linked to), there's more at stake than just the Star Wars universe. Lucasfilm has a wealth of expertise and intellectual property that might just be rejuvenated by the deal.

1. A New Indiana Jones Lucasfilm's other big prize. The Indiana Jones franchise is dead in the water. The studio's last effort, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was horrible and made it clear the Indy character can only live on if we replace Harrison Ford (blasphemy, I know). If the Bond franchise, Doctor Who and Star Trek can do it, Indy can do it too.

2. Grim Fandango/Treasure Of Monkey Island/Sam & Max Lucasfilm's videogame arm made some classic adventure games. Treasure of Monkey Island might not work too well with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but wouldn't you love to see more Sam & Max TV shows? Or a Grim Fandango movie done by Pixar?

3. A Star Wars Theme Park This. Multiplied by a thousand. Also with rides.

4. Really Kick-Ass Technology Lucasfilm, through its subsidiaries Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound, was a pioneer in modern day special effects. Both companies also have had a long relationship with Pixar. Imagine what the cross-cultural exchanges between those two companies could look like?

5. No More George Lucas Lets face it. Fans love Star Wars. George Lucas, not so much. Maybe Disney can put someone good, really good, in charge of Lucasfilm for the next few decades (hi Brad Bird, hello Joss Whedon)

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