It's learned Disney is creating new theme park attractions using the new Star Wars movies and spinoffs, and not on George Lucas' earlier films.
Even though Disney has owned Star Wars and LucasFilm for two years, Disney CEO Bob Iger notes he decided to slow down the process in regards to theme attractions as he felt just having attractions based on the older George Lucas films would have disappointed fans (and Disney already has older attractions with their Star Tours exhibit).
"We want to do this big, which takes time, and to do it right," Iger said at a Dealmakers Breakfast QnA, reports Variety. "I didn’t want someone to say, ‘I just saw the movie and there’s nothing in that movie in this (attraction).' We waited to see what this film would have in it.”
Iger continues with mention they now have an idea where the new Star Wars movies are headed.
"We couldn’t tell them what was new,” Iger said. "I slowed it all down so what we come forward with will have a blend of the past, present and maybe the future. Now we have a sense of what’s in Star Wars 8, and what some of the standalone films will have in them.”
Note: By "past," Iger is referring to the Star Wars spinoff films, which will take place in the past with possible origin stories.
Regarding the future of Star Wars, Iger also said that a lot is on Abrams' plate as the future of the franchise depends on Star Wars: The Force Awakens being a success.
“I keep telling J.J. Abrams this is a $4 billion movie,” Iger said, referencing the amount Disney purchased Lucasfilm for from Lucas. “We need to treat this very special. It’s an unbelievable privilege and unbelievable responsibility to take a jewel and treat it in a way that is respectful of its past but brings it into the future.”
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has a December 18, 2015 release directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
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