While everyone and their father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate on the Internet are predicting a huge wave of “R” rated superhero movies after the colossal success of FOX‘s Deadpool, Disney‘s head honcho Bob Iger quietly shut down all speculation that any “R” rated superhero movies might be coming out of Marvel Studios anytime soon. (more…)
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.” (more…)
Well, technically, it’s in the background of Disney CEO Bob Iger‘s Fortune cover, but we all know who the real star is. Iger has overseen the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm so you kind of have to allow him that knowing smirk. Disney’s future is looking much brighter with that added trilogy of talent and huge portfolio of money-making franchises. (more…)
Remember, when the Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm, they didn’t just acquire the potential bank of all future Star Wars project, but also the potential future of one Indiana Jones. Although the focus has been on Star Wars, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from grinding out nuggets about Indy, everything from the suggestion that Harrison Ford only came back to Star Wars for Indy to the idea that a reboot is already in the works. Rumors aside, Disney’s been very busy getting its Star Wars empire in order, which suggests that they’ve maybe been too busy to give Indiana Jones it’s fair shake, and when you take into account all aspects of the Disney empire, from Marvel to Pixar, we’re talking about an embarrassment of riches. Now, on the record, a Disney exec notes where Indiana Jones is in the list of priorities. (more…)
The Internet really did explode when the Disney released a teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Thanksgiving weekend. It quickly rose up the ranks to take the most Internet watched trailer in history. What’s interesting about the whole thing is that apparently, if J.J. Abrams had his way, we wouldn’t have seen it at all. What’s the story behind that claim? (more…)
Next year, The House of Mouse will be doing more for Star Wars fans than bringing the franchise back to the silver screen–they’ll also be expanding the brand’s presence in their worldwide theme parks in a BIG way:
Disney CEO Bob Iger said on Tuesday during an earnings call that the company is:
The SW presence in Disney’s parks already includes the Star Tours simulator ride in the California, Tokyo, and Paris Disneylands–as well as in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Furthermore, the California and Florida parks feature an interactive show called Jedi Training Academy. Disney’s Hollywood Studios also hosts an annual event known as Star Wars Weekends featuring shows, parades, and some kind of store called–I swear to God–Darth’s Mall.
Hit the jump for the future of Disney’s Star Wars theme park expansion: (more…)
It’s always been the other side of Disney’s Star Wars strategy, to not just develop a new trilogy of Star Wars movies, and new TV productions, but to create other movies that take place in the Star Wars universe as well. What those movies are about and when in the timeline they will take place in are questions that remain unanswered, but as sure as the fact that Disney wants Episode VII in theaters, it wants other movies to follow shortly there after. Confirmed again today for a group of reporters, an upper-level officer in the Walt Disney Corporation says that aside from Episode VII, VIII and IX, the studio’s got its eyes on not one, not two, but three Star Wars spin-off movies. (more…)
Fans celebrated May the 4th be with you day over the weekend with all kinds of viewing parties and celebrations, but fans weren’t the only ones having some fun. (more…)
Yesterday, The Walt Disney Company released their 2013 Shareholder letter. In it, Disney CEO Bob Iger gave an update (of sorts) on the status of Star Wars: Episode VII–as well as some significantly more substantial news regarding their new Star Wars: Rebels TV series. (more…)
Disney and Lionsgate Working on ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Hunger Games’ Theme Park Attractions (Respectively)
Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has had more to say about Star Wars recently than pretty much since the acquisition of Lucasfilm by his company (can you believe it’s been over a year?). First the official release date for Episode VII was finally revealed…no title yet, but at least we know WHEN we can see the most anticipated film since Edison made “Fred Ott’s Sneeze”.
But there’s more! Iger also spoke on Bloomberg.tv about expanding the SW attractions to Disney theme parks across the globe…Oh, before I get to the jump, I guess I should mention that Lionsgate is also apparently in talks to produce theme park attractions based on The Hunger Games film franchise. (more…)