After over a year since EllisLab announced they would be discontinuing development of Codeigniter and finding a new owner and or owners, EllisLab have finally announced they have found a suitable owner to take over the Codeigniter framework and brand.
Whew! Lengthy search and process is winding down. @codeigniter has a new home. Details will follow soon.
— EllisLab (@EllisLab) August 22, 2014
The owner nonetheless is the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) who have a course that teaches Codeigniter amongst other things, so they have a vested interest in seeing the framework continue to thrive and evolve.
The project lead is James Parry and he has made a post on the new Codeigniter forums which you can read here. Basically, the short-term plan is to get Codeigniter 3 out after evaluating what needs to be done, the long-term plan has yet to be revealed.
Is it too late for Codeigniter to regain the many developers in the community they lost because of stalled development? Most people have moved on to Laravel, but if BCIT can turn things around using their newly-formed council and student power, they might be able to catch up fairly quickly.
Time will tell, but nonetheless, it will be exciting to see what happens.