Disney Will Put Out a New Star Wars Movie Every Year "For as Long as People Buy Tickets"

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 10:36AM
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 10:36AM
Disney Will Put Out a New Star Wars Movie Every Year "For as Long as People Buy Tickets"
I'm sure most of us would say that Star Wars lives forever in our hearts, but could the Star Wars franchise actually last forever? According to an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at Disney and Lucasfilm's plans for the future, Wired reports that the studio plans to make a Star Wars film every year until the world ends- or until people stop wanting to watch more Star Wars movies, whichever comes first.

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"If the people at the Walt Disney Company, which bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, have anything to say about it, the past four decades of Star Wars were merely prologue. They are making more. A lot more. The company intends to put out a new Star Wars movie every year for as long as people will buy tickets. Let me put it another way: If everything works out for Disney, and if you are (like me) old enough to have been conscious for the first Star Wars film, you will probably not live to see the last one. It's the forever franchise."
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Studio executives say that Star Wars can continue in perpetuity because it isn't just a franchise, it's an entire imaginary world, with its own rich mythology and history. It can extend 10,000 years into the future and go back until Luke Skywalker blew up the first Death Star. Rogue One serves as a perfect example of a story that takes place in the past, and there could be many similar movies in the future of the franchise.

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"In the case of Rogue One, we're essentially making a period piece," said Kiri Hart, who runs the Lucasfilm Story Group. "The benefit of making additional episodes that move forward on the timeline is that we are making new space for ourselves."
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As a result of this vast expanse of time in which Star Wars takes place, there are an unlimited number of individual narratives that could fill a movie, and if the hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens is any indication, the fans won't get tired of seeing new Star Wars movies anytime soon. (If the prequels couldn't kill the franchise, what could, really?)

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"'Star Wars' is its own genre," said legendary Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan. "Like all genre, it can hold a million different kinds of artists and stories. They say 'Buddha is what you do to it.' And that's 'Star Wars.' It can be anything you want it to be."
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Via CBR.
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