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When Disney purchased Lucasfilm a couple of years ago, two legendary properties went into the Mouse House's possession. These projects were George Lucas' two biggest money printers of all time - Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Were Disney to ever use both of these valuable money makers to their full potential, they would become even more powerful than they already are, what with their Marvel Studios acquisition still paying off like gangbusters. While Star Wars found its way into the light easily, it looks like Indiana Jones might not be terribly far off itself. Marc Graser, senior editor at Variety tweeted some inside knowledge that he'd scooped about reviving the in limbo franchise that brought us such high points as Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and such low points as Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. The tweet quoted Bob Iger, Disney's CEO, and it »
Last week a flurry of speculation erupted across the Internet about the placement of the "Star Wars" franchise within the Disney theme parks, citing recent Disney CEO Bob Iger's comments about waiting for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to be finalized before progressing on theme park plans. This, of course, meant countless pieces about how the "Star Wars" theme park additions would be based on the new movies and not the classic films, even though anyone, with a passing understanding of the nuances of human language, could have told you that the theme park stuff will be based on both. Meaning that you will be able to drink blue milk at the Mos Eisley Cantina and interact with Bb-88, the cute soccer ball droid from the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer. But wait! There's more! A classic Disney ride might get a "Force Awakens" redo as well...
According to The Star Wars Underground, »
- Drew Taylor
Back in March a rumor surfaced a new Indiana Jones movie was in the works, based on an idea pitched by Frank Darabont. Producer Frank Marshall and Darabont later denied the rumor (with Darabont saying it was "an internet rumor with not a shred of truth in it"), but Disney must be at least interested in doing another Indy flick, right? Disney CEO Bob Iger recently spoke with Variety, and he apparently told the site "We'd love to make another Indiana Jones »
- Jesse Giroux
Back in September of last year, Disney acquired the distribution rights to Indiana Jones, clearing the way for the House of Mouse to put its other Lucasfilm property to use by producing and distributing new movies based around the archeologist and adventurer.
Of course, this fuelled speculation that Harrison Ford could don the fedora once again for the long-rumoured Indiana Jones 5, although Disney CEO Bob Iger subsequently revealed that any Disney-produced Indiana Jones movie was at least two to three years away.
Well, Bob Iger has once again addressed the possibility this weekend, with Variety’s Marc Graser quoting Iger as saying that “we’d love to make another Indiana Jones movie but we’re pacing ourselves right now” and concentrating on launching Star Wars first.
- Gary Collinson
The last "Indiana Jones" installment wasn't loved by critics, but it grossed almost $800 million at the worldwide box office. That's the reason why Disney has been eager to get another film off the ground, preferably with Harrison Ford reprising his role. But in the last six years, another "Indiana Jones" movie has yet to go into production, despite numerous rumors that a script already exists and that that sound stages have already been reserved. In a new interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, Variety revealed that he spoke about "Indiana Jones 5," stating: "We'd love to make another Indiana Jones movie but we're pacing ourselves right now [launching 'Star Wars' first]." So it seems that Disney is still interested. Meanwhile, Ford is busy reprising his other roles in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and the upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel. »
When Disney bought Lucasfilm two years ago, they made it pretty clear that all their focus would be on continuing the "Star Wars" franchise and that there were no real plans for the company's other well-known property - the "Indiana Jones" films.
Since then there's been occasional rumors that the company was considering a reboot, and that various actors were being considered for the film - none of which have been confirmed in the slightest.
In an interview this week with Variety, Disney CEO Bob Iger says the studio hasn't made much further progress.
He claims they would "love to make another Indiana Jones movie," however they are "pacing ourselves right now" and are still focused very much on "Star Wars". »
- Garth Franklin
You’ll recall that when Disney bought LucasFilm they not only acquired the rights to the “Star Wars” series, but also to George Lucas’ “Indiana Jones” franchise. The presumed idea was more “Indiana Jones” movies, and probably at least one more with Harrison Ford in the lead. The last rumors booted around the possibility of a reboot with a younger actor like Bradley Cooper in the lead, which was quickly denied by 'Indy' writer Frank Darabont (“This is an internet rumor with not a shred of truth in it,” he said.) Ok, fine, fair enough. So what’s the status now? Disney honcho Bob Iger spoke to Variety today and told a group of trade reporters, “We'd love to make another Indiana Jones movie but we're pacing ourselves right now.” The idea is that “Star Wars” is first (naturally) and that ‘Indy’ will come in good time. Ok, but Harrison Ford »
- Edward Davis
We’re off to the races with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ve got character names and everything!
First off, about last week: I was contacted by some people who would know and they very much denied the majority of the bullet-point rumors from SpoilerMan. If you’re playing along at home, best to depreciate the value of those rumors. However, I couldn’t get them replaced with actual facts about Leia or Domhnall Gleeson, so I’d rather know lies than nothing. Knowing nothing eats away at the core of other things and creates and unscratchable itch. I’ll salve it with bullsh*t, why not?
There were actual things said by people’s in positions of authority this week about Star Wars and, that - of course - begins with the big character name reveals from Entertainment Weekly.
Lucasfilm’s biggest concern since their takeover by Disney has understandably been their crowning franchise, Star Wars. Excitement surrounding the seventh entry into the universally-adored series is at an all-time high, following the release of its first teaser and subsequent character reveals. While it may seem that the other titles Disney has inherited have taken a back seat, that’s apparently not the case, as Indiana Jones was recently brought up in discussion.
The news stems from a Tweet by Variety reporter Marc Graser, who posted the info after an interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger:
— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) December 10, 2014
It’s not exactly a definitive yes, but it’s a hopeful comment all the same. It’s no wonder that Indy’s adventurous »
- Gem Seddon
In case you were wondering if Disney and Lucasfilm were still planning to make some new Indiana Jones films, rest assured, because they are. But it's going to take a lot of work to get that franchise up and running again, and right now the studios are completely focused on relaunching Star Wars.
The news comes from a talk that Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger had with Variety. Reporter Marc Graser was live-tweeting what was being said, and this is one of the tweets he released:
There's been some news and rumors regarding the project over the last year that included Harrison Ford being in negotiations and Disney developing a reboot with Bradley Cooper, which was denied by producers. Then there's this awesome photoshopped image of Chris Pratt »
- Joey Paur
Everyone is so busy watching the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer over and over again, most fans have forgotten that Disney also has a new Indiana Jones movie on the horizon. It's been awhile since we last heard any mention of LucasFilm's other iconic franchise, but at a recent breakfast with Variety, Disney CEO Bob Iger did offer an update on the legendary archeologist. The cold hard fact is we may not see Henry Jones Jr. return to the big screen before the end of this decade.
LucasFilm and Disney are too busy relaunching the new Star Wars franchise to concentrate on rebooting Indiana Jones. Not only do they have director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens set for release next December with principle photography already completed and a trailer in theaters, Rian Johnson is already deep into pre-production on Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, »
Up until this point, the only main Star Wars attraction that exists at Disneyland is Star Tours and a live show or two — I freakin’ love Star Tours, by the way. But, as expected, we are about to see an influx of Star Wars attractions hitting the Disneyland theme parks, and at Variety’s Dealmakers Breakfast, Disney Chairman and CEO, Bob Iger, revealed that the attractions we see will be based on the upcoming films rather than the older ones. This is what he had to say:
“There will be a much larger ‘Star Wars’ presence in our parks globally. But we want to do this big, which takes time, and to do it right… 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 then »
- Joey Paur
Since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, it was only a matter of time before the Star Wars theme park attractions at Disney World were going to expand.
Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger spoke about the expansions and plans in an interview saying, “there will be a much larger Star Wars presence in our parks globally. But we want to do this big, which takes time, and to do it right… 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 went on to confirm that plans are already in place for new attractions based on the upcoming slate of Star Wars movies, pushing aside the previous plans based on the old saga. “We couldn’t tell them what was new,” Iger said. “I slowed it all down so »
- Luke Owen
With over one hundred million views in under two weeks, the teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is pretty much the biggest trailer launch in history. What might surprise you though, is that it almost didn't happen.
Disney CEO Bob Iger says that J.J. Abrams didn't want to release any footage at all and was so obsessed with retaining the mystery behind the film that he had to be convinced that releasing the teaser was the right thing to do.
Iger was convinced it was due to the rabid Star Wars fanbase and revealed to Variety this week: "I keep telling J.J. Abrams this is a $4 billion movie. 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."
Iger also says the »
- Garth Franklin
Lasting just short of ninety seconds, the teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has stirred up as much discussion online since its Black Friday debut as some feature-length films released this year. However, to hear Walt Disney Company chief Bob Iger tell it, the online conversations were in danger of never happening in the first place. Buried deep in a Variety piece about the Mouse House’s plans for a “Star Wars” theme park (note, it will be be based on the new movies), Iger talks about the hopes held for J.J. Abrams' film. “I keep telling J.J. Abrams this is a $4 billion movie,” Iger said, referring to how much the studio paid for Lucasfilm. “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 »
- Cain Rodriguez
Even before Disney snapped up Lucasfilm and began developing new Star Wars movies, the company’s theme parks have been representing George Lucas’s adventures in that galaxy far, far away. Now, the attractions will be evolving to focus on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and beyond.“There will be a much larger Star Wars presence in our parks globally,” Disney boss Bob Iger said during a Variety event. “But we want to do this big, which takes time, and to do it right.” Theoretically, that might mean saying goodbye to the current likes of Star Tours – which got an update a few years ago – or simply adding more content from J.J. Abrams’ film, the other franchise episodes and the spin-offs being crafted by the likes of Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards.The plan is to target those whose primary experience of the Sw universe is from the new movie. »
Out with the old, in with the new. At Variety‘s Dealmakers Breakfast, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Walt Disney Imagineering is currently designing theme park attractions based on the new Star Wars sequels and spinoffs. We'll get our first look at those new attraction at some point next year. The designs could've been done a bit sooner, but Iger wanted to wat until Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams had finsihed mapping out his vision. Iger stopped early development on theme park attractions at Imagineering. “We couldn’t tell them what was new,” Iger said, until Abrams was finished developing and producing the sequel. “I slowed it all down so what we come forward with will have a blend of the past, present and maybe the future,” referencing upcoming sequels and spinoff films. “Now we have a sense of what’s in ‘Star Wars 8,’ and »
Star Wars fans all over the world were thrilled when Disney released the first teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Forces Awakens. It was completely awesome and, for the most part, the fans were ecstatic with what they saw in the teaser. I know I was!
I was surprised to learn that Disney almost didn't even release that trailer because Abrams likes to keep the footage from the films he works on under warps. Thankfully, Disney won that battle and released it. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger did a special event with Variety in which he talked a lot about the studios plans for the Star Wars franchise. Here's an excerpt:
"Disney nearly didn’t release a trailer, Iger admitted. Abrams is known for wanting to keep footage of his films under wraps. But the rabid 'Star Wars' fanbase prompted Disney to »
- Joey Paur
There's been plenty of buzz and obsession over the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, so much that there's a chance that the extent to which we examined certain aspects of the trailer probably seems a little overboard. However, it's this level of fandom that resulted in Disney making the decision to release the trailer to begin with. Speaking with Variety about the business of the iconic sci-fi saga, Disney CEO Bob Iger explains that they almost didn't release a teaser trailer this early at all. However, it was the "rabid" fanbase of Star Wars that prompted the House of Mouse to give the slightest tease of the movie. So congratulations, everyone! Your incessant speculation, rumor spreading and general excitement led to Disney giving us what we all wanted. That's probably the last time that will ever happen, at least when it comes to this first chapter from the secretive J.J. Abrams. »
- Ethan Anderton
If you’re like us and have been obsessively thinking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the past two years, give yourself a pat on the back. According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, that incredible level of interest was a major factor in the recent release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer. Originally, […]
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- Germain Lussier
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