Star Wars Stand-Alone Films To Be Prequels; Disney Will Milk The Franchise



The last year has been quite a roller coaster ride for fans of the Star Wars franchise. Last year, Disney swooped in and purchased Lucasfilm and its properties. Not long after that, it was announced that the House of Mouse would not be wasting any time in getting a new series of films centered in the Star Wars universe into production. We’ve also learned that not only will we be seeing a brand new trilogy, but we’d also be getting a series of stand-alone films. Between the two concepts, we can expect to see some sort of Star Wars film in theaters every year for the foreseeable future.

There has been quite a few rumors regarding these planned stand-alone films, but one thing we know is that we can expect them to be solo films based on individual characters, namely Han Solo and the hugely popular Boba Fett. Many fans were hoping that we’d see these characters in a more modern setting, taking place later on in their lives, but it looks as though we’ll have more prequels in our future. Disney CFO Jay Rasulo talked at an investor conference today where he discussed the future plans for the franchise.

“The sky’s the limit,” Rasulo said of the potential for the sci-fi franchise, including expanding its presence in the company’s theme parks. “There’s incredible flexibility. It’s an unbelievable palette to create from.”

Rasulo also noted that one “Star Wars” trilogy film or “origin story film” would also appear on the release schedule each year, starting with the seventh installment in the “Star Wars” saga that J.J. Abrams will direct and Disney releases in 2015.

Not surprisingly, the massive studio will also be capitalizing on the Star Wars brand and expanding it even further than it already is. Where Lucasfilm used to be focused more on the domestic audience, Disney has plans to go global and as mentioned in the above quote, having the franchise play a bigger part in the numerous Disney theme parks.

They are fully aware of the cash cow they possess and as any good company would do, they plan on taking advantage of that in any way possible. The bad news here, is that fans have been burned on prequels before and the thought of seeing more head to theaters is rather unnerving. However, if they continue to pull in names like JJ Abrams to direct the films, we may not have to worry. Star WarsEpisode VII, which is a tentative title, will be headed into production early next year, so we can expect to keep seeing a flood of rumors and speculations cover the web. Hopefully they’ll name some actors and get us some confirmation so he have more than just those rumors to report for you.

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Source : Variety