Disney’s STAR WARS Attractions to Be Based on New Sequels and Spinoffs, Not the Older Films

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm, it was obvious that the company would make the most of the acquisition by beefing up the Star Wars presence at the Disney theme parks.  Walt Disney Company chief Bob Iger just reiterated that the film franchise will make its way into parks throughout the world, but he also noted that in order to both “do this big” and do it right, it’ll take time.

Disney couldn’t just jump right into building new attractions immediately after the purchase of Lucasfilm.  The park designers had to wait until J.J. Abrams was ready to reveal plans for Star Wars: The Force Awakens because the new main attractions will be based on the new films, not the old ones.  Hit the jump for more on the Star Wars theme park attractions.

Disney Planning “At Least Three” STAR WARS Spin Off Films

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Though the current focus is rightly on director J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VII as production is set to begin in earnest next week, Disney is also cognizant of the larger picture for its Star Wars franchise.  We know that Episode VII will be followed by Episode VIII and Episode IX to fill out the new trilogy, and we also know that Disney and Lucasfilm are developing Star Wars spinoff films to pad their release schedule over the next decade.  This plan is not unlike Marvel Studios’ approach to their cinematic universe, and is yet another example of what The Avengers hath wrought.

Disney had previously acknowledged that there would definitely be two Star Wars spinoff films in the pipeline, but speaking today, CEO Bob Iger revealed that “at least three” spinoff movies are now planned.  Hit the jump for more.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Takes Place 30 Years After RETURN OF THE JEDI; Starts Filming in May

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Disney CEO Bob Iger decided to drop some big news during this morning’s earnings call.  In addition to revealing that sequels to Pixar’s The Incredibles and Cars are in the works, he provided a brief update on Star Wars: Episode VII, revealing that the sequel will take place 30 years after the events of Episode V: Return of the Jedi.  Moreover, and possibly even more surprising, Iger confirmed that filming on Episode VII begins in May despite the fact that not a single castmember beyond R2D2 has been officially announced.  Hit the jump for more, including the official press release.

Disney Developing THE INCREDIBLES 2 and CARS 3

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Pixar has a string of original films due out over the next couple of years, but they’ll be returning to sequels in 2016 with Finding Dory.  The studio needs to pay the bills with known properties, and it looks like they’ll have a couple more on the way.  According to /Film, Disney chief Bob Iger told investors that The Incredibles creator Brad Bird is writing The Incredibles 2.  Iger also said Pixar is working on another Cars film, which isn’t much of a surprise considering that kids will buy the merchandise forever.

The reason to get excited is for The Incredibles 2 since Bird is going to be involved.  The filmmaker has never written off the possibility of a sequel, and a few years ago he said he had “some ideas” for it.  He’s currently working on his second live-action feature, Tomorrowland (due out May 22, 2015), and I doubt we’d see The Incredibles 2 until probably 2018 at the earliest.  Nevertheless, it’s still exciting that the superhero family might be returning to the big screen.  Hit the jump for a recap of Pixar’s current release schedule.

Disney Planning to Bring STAR WARS Attractions to Parks Worldwide; Lionsgate Considering THE HUNGER GAMES Theme Park

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Today in theme park news (very weird to write that), we have a couple stories to report.  First up, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger recently talked about Star Wars.  In addition to saying they decided to release Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2015 to give the filmmakers more time (neglecting to mention that the studio refused a 2016 date), he also spoke about the company’s theme park plans.  Unsurprisingly, fans should expect more Star Wars attractions at Disney’s domestic theme parks as wells as the studio’s parks in Paris, Tokyo, and possibly Hong Kong.  I look forward to the ride where they reveal your biological father.

Hit the jump to learn about Lionsgate possibly getting into the theme park business with the Hunger Games franchise.

Disney CEO Bob Iger Says Newly Announced Netflix Shows Could Become Movies; ABC Developing another Marvel Series

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Yesterday, during the Walt Disney Company’s quarterly Earnings Call, Chairman and CEO Bob Iger commented on the exciting news about Marvel teaming up with Netflix to release four superhero series that will culminate in a mini-series.  Iger explained that they chose to put these heroes—Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones—for the small screen because they were “not among the most popular”, but added that if the series’ were a major hit on Netflix, then a feature film for the individual character could be possible.

But these four Netflix series and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aren’t the only Marvel TV programs in development.  Hit the jump for more.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Team Sought Delay to 2016; Disney Adamant about 2015 Release

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Making a movie is not an easy undertaking.  There’s extended development of the script, assembling the creative team, casting, the actual shooting of the film, editing, prolonged post-production work, and everything in between.  In most cases, this all adds up to about two years total on any given film.  In the case of something like Star Wars, bringing such a massive property to life is even more intense.  One year ago, Disney announced that it had purchased Lucasfilm and was planning a new trilogy of Star Wars films, with Episode VII due for release in 2015.  This January, J.J. Abrams was hired to direct the pic under the stewardship of producer Kathleen Kennedy.

Official news on the Episode VII front has been scant in the ensuing months, and last week we learned that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were taking over scripting duties from Michael Arndt, thus hinting at a script that is very much still in flux.  How can Episode VII still possibly be barreling towards a 2015 release date, then?  It turns out the Star Wars team actually requested a delay to 2016, but was denied.  Much more after the jump.

Which Sequel Is Pixar Planning to Develop?

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Pixar took some big chances from 2007-2009.  Ratatouille starred a rat (not a cuddly animal), WALL-E spent its first act in a quiet and abandoned Earth, and Up had a geriatric as an adventure hero.  They’re all great movies, and none of them came close to matching the $1 billion worldwide pulled in from Toy Story 3 (it’s worth noting that of the 2007-2009 movies, only Up was in 3D).  And while Cars 2 grossed only $559 million worldwide, its merchandising sales were probably through the roof.  These movies and have hopefully put enough into the company’s coffers that they can have the creative freedom to pursue the original features The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, and the Untitled Dia de Los Muertos movie.  The sequels will begin again in November 2015 with Finding Dory, and it looks like a sequel to another Pixar movie might be in the works.

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Disney Currently Has No Plans to Develop Hand-Drawn Animated Features

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We may have seen the last days of hand-drawn animation.  It’s not going to come from DreamWorks Animation (all of their 2D endeavors flopped), BlueSky, or Sony Pictures Animation.  The last refuge was Disney, who had released the hand-drawn Winnie the Pooh in 2011.  But that looks like the end of Disney’s 2D animation for the foreseeable future.  According to /Film, at “Walt Disney Company shareholder’s meeting, CEO Bob Iger revealed none of Disney’s animation companies, which includes Disney Animation, Pixar and Disney Toons, are currently developing, or have plans to develop, any 2D, hand drawn animation for the big screen. He’s not ruling it out, but the current slate—which probably stretches 3-4 years—has none of it.”

Hit the jump for my thoughts on this sad state of affairs.

Disney Confirms Standalone STAR WARS Films

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We’ve got some Star Wars news to report on today.  We recently (and finally) learned that J.J. Abrams will be helming Star Wars: Episode VII, and today Disney CEO Bob Iger took part in a television appearance where he provided some updates on the studio’s Star Wars franchise.  It was previously reported that screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg had been brought into the fold not only to work on this new trilogy, but also possibly on some standalone films centered around other characters in the Star Wars universe.  Iger confirmed today that that is indeed the case, as Disney is working on Star Wars films that are not a part of the overall saga.  Hit the jump for more.

Disney CEO Bob Iger and George Lucas Talk LucasFilm Acquisition and STAR WARS

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Well today is certainly one of the biggest news days in recent memory.  We learned earlier this afternoon that Disney has acquired George Lucas’ studio LucasFilm for $4 billion, with plans for Star Wars: Episode VII already in the works.  We’ve already seen a video in which Lucas and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy discuss the acquisition and the future of Star Wars, and now a further video has been released in which Disney CEO Bob Iger and Lucas talk about the business deal.

Lucas discusses the allure of housing his flagship company at Disney, while Iger explains the finer points of the acquisition (ie. Star Wars theme parks and merchandise = $$$).  Hit the jump to check out the video and to read the full press release regarding this major deal.

Shocking News: Disney Confirms THE AVENGERS 2 Is in Development [UPDATED]

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In case anyone was worried that Disney and Marvel wouldn’t make a sequel to the film with the highest opening weekend gross of all-time (by far, I might add), Disney CEO Bob Iger is here to alleviate your concerns.  Per Deadline, Iger announced that the studio is developing a sequel to The Avengers, adding that the film’s success “is a great illustration of why we like Marvel so much.”  Anyone who sat through the film’s credits should have a good idea of where The Avengers 2 could go villain-wise, but I think the key to a follow-up will be the return of Joss Whedon as writer/director.  He is the reason The Avengers is a good film as opposed to simply an expensive film, and his recipe of humor, character development, and pure entertainment made for one of the most enjoyable moviegoing experiences in a long time.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: It appears Iger's quote was taken out of context, and he actually said that there will "hopefully" be another Avengers.  Nevertheless, it's pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point.  More after the jump.]


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While Sony recently picked up an awful-sounding Peter Pan prequel starring Channing Tatum to the tune of $1 million, Disney is considering its own Pan prequel and it sounds far more promising.  Disney chief Bob Iger recently told shareholders that the studio is considering an adaptation of Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson’s Peter and the Starcatchers, which sets Peter and his lost boys as the pirates instead of against the pirates.  Said Iger:

“We considered making [it] a movie,” Iger said, noting they went as far as hiring a screenwriter to adapt the book. “We haven’t made a decision on that yet.”

The Wrap reports that Disney has been testing the material Off Broadway production at the New York Theater Workshop to see if it will translate into feature film.  According to New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley, the play is a huge success.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Peter and the Starcatchers and some images from the Off Broadway production.

Disney CEO Robert Iger Confirms 3 Marvel Properties in Development as Live-Action Series at ABC and ABC Family

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With the void left in the superhero genre of television after Heroes’ cancellation and Smallville in its final season, it looks like ABC and its parent company Disney are looking to be the leader in the “Televised Live-Action Superhero Adventures” category for the new decade.

Robert Iger, CEO of Disney, has confirmed in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the Disney-owned ABC and ABC Family are currently working on adapting three Marvel properties for live-action series. As we previously reported, ABC has been looking at adapting The Incredible Hulk, Cloak and Dagger, The Punisher, and other series for TV. Hit the jump for the full quote.

Roy E. Disney Dies at the Age of 79

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The Associated Press is reporting that Roy E. Disney, nephew of Walt Disney and former senior executive of The Walt Disney Company, died today at the age of 79.  Disney, while technically a figurehead of the overall company, wielded enormous power throughout the reigns of CEOs Ron Miller and Michael Eisner, both of whom Disney played a crucial role in ousting and making sure that the company never lost sight of its roots in animation.

Hit the jump to read more about Disney’s life and legacy.

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