The Mouse House apparently wants to turn 'Star Wars' into a 'forever franchise'
Disney is planning to release a new Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future, according to a report.
Disney has already scheduled a new Star Wars film every year until 2019. This year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be followed in 2016 by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first in Disney’s so-called “Anthology Series” of spin-off films set in the same universe as the iconic franchise.
Direct sequels to The Force Awakens are slated for release in 2017 and 2019, with the second in Disney’s “Anthology Series”, a currently untitled film focusing on Han Solo, scheduled for release in between in 2018.
According to Wired magazine, which has just published an extensive cover feature on Disney’s reinvention of the Star Wars franchise, this trend will continue for as long as the Star Wars films remain profitable. Disney is apparently aiming to turn Star Wars into what Wired describes as a “forever franchise”.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release in the UK on December 17 and in the US a day later. It takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi, though specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. The film’s script was penned by director JJ Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.
Alongside Ridley, Nyong’o and the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis. Meanwhile, it has recently emerged that the film will feature a character apparently named after a Beastie Boys album.
Hamill’s character Luke Skywalker has been conspicuously absent from recent promos for the movie, a state of affairs which Abrams recently admitted is “no accident”.