Netflix in Talks With Disney for Older `Star Wars' Movies in Latin America

  • Discussions involve rights to stream films in Latin America
  • Disney gained digital rights to most films with Lucasfilm buy

Netflix Inc. is in talks with Walt Disney Co. for rights to stream five “Star Wars” movies in Latin America, according to a person familiar with the plans.

The talks involve all but one of the six blockbuster “Star Wars” pictures made by Lucasfilm, said the person, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. Rights to the original 1977 picture are owned by 21st Century Fox Inc. Disney will release the seventh film in the franchise, “The Force Awakens,” on Dec. 18.

With Netflix, Disney can re-introduce the world of Jedis and stormtroopers to viewers in Latin America, where Netflix has said it has more than 5 million subscribers. The talks were reported earlier Thursday by the Wall Street Journal.

Disney, based in Burbank, California, acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. The company has an agreement to stream its new movies on Netflix starting in 2016.

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