Disney to Push ‘Star Wars’ at D23 Expo; Already Predicting Over $1 Billion Dollars at the Box Office
Ever since Disney took over the Star Wars name and announced the start of the next trilogy fans have waited with anticipation for every new bit of news regarding the franchise. With news that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are all set to return you would think that SDCC would be the perfect opportunity to deliver the the goods. Instead the studio has opted to allow Marvel to take over and rule this year, but why?
With Disney having a presence at SDCC in their other big name franchises from Marvel it’s freed up Disney’s annual D23 Expo to formally announce Lucasfilm and Star Wars into the company. Taking place in Anaheim, CA between August 9th to the 11th, the “ultimate Disney fan event” will also showcase various live events, celebrity appearances, panels and presentations.
Here’s what Disney had to say in regards to Star Wars being present at the event:
Star Wars at D23 Expo! – For the first time at the D23 Expo, Star Wars fans can have access to experiences created for them by Lucasfilm and Disney. Darth Vader: The Evolution of a Villain, located in the DCP pavilion, showcases the development of the iconic villain from early concepts to striking realization. Crash Course in the Force: Star Wars Saga 101, presented by Lucasfilm’s resident authority Pablo Hidalgo in Stage 23, will give Star Wars newbies and experts alike a thorough grounding in all matters of the Force and the Star Wars legacy.
With all this talk about Star Wars, Disney hasn’t mentioned their latest project – as well as their latest Hollywood flop – The Lone Ranger. With a loss of up to $200 million dollars the studio isn’t really shaking in their boots, predicting that Episode VII will bring in $1.2 billion dollars. That easily picks up the tab for The Lone Ranger and leaves a nice billion in change to store in the magic castle next to the frozen body of Walt Disney.
Bold words considering not a single piece of footage has even been shot, it’s not 2015, and there’s no confirmation on any actors other than members of the original cast. What do you think though? Is it too soon to call or should we all get ready to pre-order our tickets and get in line at the theaters?