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Confirmed: Disney to wring every last dollar from Star Wars

posted at 1:35 pm on February 6, 2013 by

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Star Wars sequels are just the beginning for fans of the George Lucas creation.  Not only will its new owner, Disney, make the long-await sequel trilogy that Lucas first promised in the early 1980s, but we’ll also get spinoff movies, too.  Ready for Yoda: The Younger Centuries? Jedi Warriors: First Class? Young Lando Calrissian?

Walt Disney Co. is developing films based on “Star Wars” characters, Chief Executive Robert Iger said Tuesday, in addition to the three sequels the company has already said it would make.

Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are at work on films centered on characters from the blockbuster science-fiction series, Mr. Iger said in an appearance on CNBC. He declined to elaborate on details such as which characters the films would include or when they would be released.

Kasdan at least has some Star Wars credibility.  He helped write The Empire Strikes Back, the best movie in the series and arguably the last one that treated the audience as intelligent.  As most already know, J.J. Abrams is helming the first Disney sequel, which makes for an unusual cross between Star Wars and Star Trek genres.

I myself cannot wait for I C3PO and The 3 Million Young Boba Fetts films.

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The Clone Wars (tv series) is doing just fine.

nobar on February 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Crossover movie: Starship Enterprise in the Star Wars world! Naah, too unfair, phasers and photon torpedoes would take out the entire Imperial Fleet in just a few passes.

Tom Servo on February 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I’m looking forward to it.

gwelf on February 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Crossover movie: Starship Enterprise in the Star Wars world! Naah, too unfair, phasers and photon torpedoes would take out the entire Imperial Fleet in just a few passes.

Tom Servo on February 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Ed – we need to ban this sort of egregious trolling.

gwelf on February 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Spin-off movies? Will there be Ewoks?

steebo77 on February 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Confirmed: Disney to wring every last dollar from Star Wars

So business as usual with Star Wars, eh?

Johnny 100 Pesos on February 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

On the subject of the new trilogy, is anyone else besides me gonna miss the 20th Century Fox Fanfare at the beginning of the movie? Sorry, but the Walt Disney Studios logo just ain’t gonna be the same.

Doughboy on February 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

I will not be happy until I see zombies cut down with lightsabers.

That, and a Disney sitcom in which the next future Miley Cyrus whose adolescent foibles are made worse–and hilarious–by her unpredictable force-choking abilities.

TexasDan on February 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

The Star Wars Easter special I`ve been hoping for soon will be here!

ThePrez on February 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Spin-off movies? Will there be Ewoks?

steebo77 on February 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Of course. We’ll finally get the untold story of how the Ewoks deal with the ecological disaster caused by the Rebels blowing up Deathstar II and all the debris and radioactive material falling on to their planet.

gwelf on February 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM

I wonder how they`ll work Obama in one or all of these movies.

ThePrez on February 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

The Star Wars Easter special I`ve been hoping for soon will be here!

ThePrez on February 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM

These are not the eggs you are looking for.

TexasDan on February 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Eh, why not? Better to have too many films striving to be great than to be stuck with the legacy of Lucas’s lousy prequels.

Kensington on February 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

On the subject of the new trilogy, is anyone else besides me gonna miss the 20th Century Fox Fanfare at the beginning of the movie? Sorry, but the Walt Disney Studios logo just ain’t gonna be the same.

Doughboy on February 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

I will.

I also won’t enjoy the dozens of advertisements I’ll have to skip through to get to the blu-ray menu.

gwelf on February 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Well we can hope Disney puts some of the better EU stuff back in. I’d love to see Star Wars: Legacy on the big screen for example. Or Tim Zhan’s books.

The_Livewire on February 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM

I’d rather they made more John Carter movies, but I guess that’s not likely.

Fenris on February 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Of course. We’ll finally get the untold story of how the Ewoks deal with the ecological disaster caused by the Rebels blowing up Deathstar II and all the debris and radioactive material falling on to their planet.

gwelf on February 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Well, since the Ewoks inhabit the forest moon of Endor, I’m envisioning a lunar warming storyline.

steebo77 on February 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Holding out faint hope that the opening crawl of the first one is:

“Long ago in a galaxy far, far away where The Phantom Menace never happened …”

JeremiahJohnson on February 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

I will.

I also won’t enjoy the dozens of advertisements I’ll have to skip through to get to the blu-ray menu.

gwelf on February 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Heh, I hadn’t thought about the Blu-ray. Of course by the time Episode VII hits, we’ll probably have moved on to 4K.

Doughboy on February 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Where’s a Kevin McClory when you need one?

mojo on February 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM

I’d rather they made more John Carter movies, but I guess that’s not likely.

Fenris on February 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

So say we all!

I so want to see Thuvia, Maid of Mars on the big screen. (Actually was given Thuvia before the first three books, so that was my first exposure to Barsoom)

The_Livewire on February 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Where’s a Kevin McClory when you need one?

mojo on February 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM

He’s in the afterlife trying to remake Thunderball yet again.

Doughboy on February 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Hmm, rampant inflation, high unemployment, a clueless President, and now new Star Wars and Star Trek movies…

Did we all just go into a portal to the late 70′s?

spec_ops_mateo on February 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

In the early-mid 80s, we got “The Ewok Adventures” made for TV specials, one of which starred none other than Mr. Oatmeal-and-Diabeetus Wilfred Brimley, natch).

20 years later, with Disney in charge, I foresee a stream of failed “Jar-Jar & Wicket” abominations to hook toddlers while more and more jaded and disillusioned fanboys join my ranks.

“Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen…”

Tremor on February 6, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Good for them. There’s a huge fanbase out there that will pay to see them. It’s easy to see them recouping what was spent buying LucasFilm fairly quickly.

changer1701 on February 6, 2013 at 2:18 PM

All I really want is Eps 4, 5, and 6 without the “improvements” Lucas decided they needed.

HAN SHOT FIRST, DAMMIT!!

Dominion on February 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Give me Boba Fett or give me death!

search4truth on February 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Now if Disney can buy the Star Trek….

Star Trek vs. Star Wars: The Final Rumble…

This be the ultimate geek off!

William Eaton on February 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM

You know the first openly ghey Jedi is coming. Of course, Hollywood will conveniently gloss over the fact that the Sith execute gheys. Good thing there’s no parallel to this in the real world.

Nutstuyu on February 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I would love to see the Darth Bane series movie-fied, and made with an R rating to boot.

Nutstuyu on February 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM

A movie based on Grand Admiral Thrawn could be full of awesome.

Imrahil on February 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Did we all just go into a portal to the late 70′s?

spec_ops_mateo on February 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Nah, still too many women wearing bras and washing their hair.

Nutstuyu on February 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM

They can’t do worse than the prequels

El_Terrible on February 6, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Mel Brooks at true visionary. He knew the future.

Oil Can on February 6, 2013 at 2:48 PM

A movie based on Grand Admiral Thrawn could be full of awesome.

Imrahil on February 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Thrawn would be incredible, but Timothy Zahn would have to be the one writing the screenplay.

sentinelrules on February 6, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Crossover movie: Starship Enterprise in the Star Wars world! Naah, too unfair, phasers and photon torpedoes would take out the entire Imperial Fleet in just a few passes.

Tom Servo on February 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Until the Force Choke takes out the Trekkies.

Steve Eggleston on February 6, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Does anyone play Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO?

preallocated on February 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Confirmed: Disney to wring every last dollar from Star Wars
posted at 1:35 pm on February 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

After the recent flip flop from Ed & The Establishment on amnesty (aka “normalization”) I hope they’re not planning to go OWS and flip flop on capitalism next. “wring every last dollar”…seriously? What next…

“Confirmed: Evil corporations to wring every last dollar from oil by drilling in ANWR”?

If the market isn’t there, the movies will flop.

sauldalinsky on February 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

I just know we’re going to find out it was Darth Vader that killed Bambi’s mother.

trigon on February 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

The Clone Wars (tv series) is doing just fine.

nobar on February 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM

I think they lost the “just fine” ’round the time they did that King Kong plotline.

apostic on February 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM

I would love to see a movie about a ruthless, bloody conflict between the gungans and ewoks in which each species winds up being completely eradicated.

Will_Hal on February 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are at work on films centered on characters from the blockbuster science-fiction series

Star Wars: The Adventures of Dex.

Stoic Patriot on February 6, 2013 at 4:40 PM

The Willrow Hood trilogy please.

Will_Hal on February 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Dark Force (Mara Jade… mmmm…) needs to happen on film. Having a hard time thinking of anyone that could play Thrawn, though.

Shadows of the Empire has awesome potential for film, too.

PXCharon on February 6, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I myself cannot wait for I C3PO

Ok, now that is funny.

LOL!

Captain Kirock on February 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Crossover movie: Starship Enterprise in the Star Wars world! Naah, too unfair, phasers and photon torpedoes would take out the entire Imperial Fleet in just a few passes.

Tom Servo on February 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Nah….Voyager would play better. The premise has already been made.

Can’t wait for Baloo vs Boba Fet

BobMbx on February 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Star Wars: The Adventures of Dex.

Stoic Patriot on February 6, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I’ll take that overStar Wars: The Daring Exploits of Ackmena and Saun Dann.

(We’ll be a tad worried if they announce one of the characters will be The Starkiller Kid….)

apostic on February 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM

I think they lost the “just fine” ’round the time they did that King Kong plotline.

apostic on February 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM

That was nothing compared to the two-part “All this war spending is destroying our free health care system” episodes. (No – I’m not joking)

Season 3 had some real stinkers but overall I like the series.

gwelf on February 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

I just know we’re going to find out it was Darth Vader that killed Bambi’s mother.

trigon on February 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Uh, Sith don’t use firearms and there was clearly the sound of a scary/black/assault/loud/military/gangsta rifle being shot when Bambi’s mother goes down. Now it’s possible Darth Barackus was out skeet shooting again…

Nutstuyu on February 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Now it’s possible Darth Barackus was out skeet shooting again…

Nutstuyu on February 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Correction: Jar Jar Barackus.

Nutstuyu on February 6, 2013 at 5:41 PM

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