We’re less than a year away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the all important big screen relaunch of the franchise under the direction of Walt Disney Studios and new Lucasfilm Ltd. President Kathleen Kennedy. To say that there’s a lot riding on the film is an understatement, although the fact that it’s Star Wars buys an inordinate amount of good will, in other words, it will sell out no matter how bad it theoretically may be. But there’s one audience member whose opinion matters above all others, and his name is Robert Iger. Iger is the CEO of Disney, and in his words, The Force Awakens will be “worth the wait.”
Get Your Geek On got their hand on a Disney shareholders report, and shared a portion relevant to those nerds desperately wanting Star Wars news.
As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming….and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage…I can assure the millions of Star Wars fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and we’ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019.
There’s some further insight there aside from the fact that Iger likes what he saw both on set and in the footage. Of course he likes what he saw! What else is he going to say? But in addition to Iger’s praise, we get confirmation that the remaining chapters of the sequel trilogy will be released every two years afterward. Iger also confirmed that 2016 will also see the release of the first Star Wars spin-off, the project being directed by Godzilla filmmaker Gareth Edwards.
In other, more interesting news it seems that Iger indicated that the Edwards’ film is not what we think it’s going to be about. Note that Iger said the “first standalone movie based on these characters,” but does that mean the movie is based on the characters from the sequel trilogy specifically, or based on characters from the Star Wars universe in general. Also, the Edwards movie seems to be the only standalone on the radar, no mention is made of the second spin-off movie supposedly from Josh Trank to be released in 2018. Don’t take that as a negative, it’s possible that Trank’s movie just isn’t far enough along in the process to be worth mentioning in this context. Also, there’s no confirmation on the studio end that Rian Johnson is directing Episode VIII, even though it’s a pretty open secret at this point.
Of course the real news remains that The Force Awakens opens later this year on December 18. Stay tuned to Nerd Bastards for all the latest Star Wars news.