TV’s IP Problem: How Reboots, Spinoffs, and Blockbuster Franchises Could Shape the Future

TV’s IP Problem: How Reboots, Spinoffs, and Blockbuster Franchises Could Shape the Future
IndieWire turns 25 this year. To mark the occasion, we’re running a series of essays about the future of everything we cover.

For more than four decades, “Star Wars” has created a dazzling universe filled with iconic characters and stunning imagery — yet each story starts with a simple scroll. The onscreen exposition stretches out into the stars, and for a moment, it feels endless, as though you’ll simply keep reading for two hours rather than embarking on an interstellar adventure.

That’s how it felt last December, when Disney spokespeople made announcement after announcement during a four-hour presentation to investors, many of which focused on the further expansion of George Lucas’ blockbuster film franchise via Disney+. A new season of “The Mandalorian,” the debut Disney+ original series that became an instant sensation in November 2019, was given the go-ahead, along with a spinoff, the long-anticipated “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series, two animated shows,
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