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Starting In 2015 We’re Getting a New Star Wars Movie Every Year Until Disney Stops Making Money Off Of Them

The reality of new Stars Wars movies hasn’t really sunk in for me before now. Strange, I know, since we already have a writer and a director for Episode VII. But for some reason it took Disney’s announcement that they’re committing to a movie every summer starting in 2015 that really brought it home for me that, holy crap, we’re getting new Star Wars movies. A lot of new Star Wars movies.

Help, I’m starting to panic.

The plan, as explained by Disney at CinemaCon, is to alternate “core” movies—that’d be Episodes VII, VIII, and IX—with standalone spinoffs. We already knew that Disney was planning to do both those things, but them releasing a movie a year is a surprise.

Or is it? Marvel Studios puts out two movies a year, and while it took them a few years post-Iron Man to ramp it up to that level, if anyone has the resources and the infrastructure to get a lot of movies out quickly, it’s Disney. This is the studio that announced Oz the Great and Powerful is getting a sequel the day the movie came out. They released four Pirates of the Caribbean movies in eight years, and that was never even a planned franchise. Of course they’re going to release as many Star Wars movies as they can. They want to make money.

And that, I think, is why this “one movie a year” news sent a spike of cold fear through my gut. (I’m exaggerating, but only slightly.) Disney’s track record with live-action franchises is good in terms of box office. But in terms of quality? Not so much. Then again, Disney knows Star Wars is a big enough cash cow that they have to treat it properly, so I’d imagine they’re going to hire a creative director to oversee the many movies that’ll be in various stages of production at once, thus (hopefully) keeping the entire franchise feeling like a cohesive whole. Heck, Marvel does it, so Disney can, too. And Disney trying to make a ton of money off the new Star Wars movies doesn’t mean they’re going to be bad. Every studio, including (especially?) Disney, makes movies to turn a profit, and there are still plenty of good movies getting made.

I have absolutely no reason to be looking around for a paper bag I can breathe into. And yet… and yet.

Still, the plus side: One movie a year means more movies total, potentially, which means a greater chance that Rogue Squadron might show up in one of them. Let me dream!

(via: /Film)

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  • Anders Vesterberg

    i was afraid they would do something halfassed like that <.< rest in pieces old school star wars.

  • Jesse Morrison

    As much as I agree that a high rate of Star Wars movies is worrying, I always felt that Star Wars’ best chance for greatness was to get George Lucas as far away as possible from the franchise.

    George Lucas has always been the biggest threat to Star Wars. Disney is an excellent alternative in my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, as a devoted fan of the first six (yes six) films every announcement so far (Lucasarts, Dark Horse, Clone Wars) has just brought more dread. All the other films took three years to make.

  • Aeryl

    I upvoted just because someone else likes the prequels.

    The whole thing MIGHT work, but it really looks like someone looked at what Marvel does, and said WHY NOT STAR WARS.

    Which could work. Like Marvel with the comics, SW has with the EU an established storyline that you can cherry pick from and adapt, which will require less time in creating a story. But there really needs to be someone in charge of the continuity or it will be one big mess. And they have to tell good stories and make good films. Those two have yet to come to pass.

  • Hannele Kormano

    Disney has yet to tell any good stories? Or Marvel? /facetious

  • Anonymous

    (8 Star Wars movies later)

    It’s dead, Jim…

  • Anonymous

    I’m still optimistic. Remember that Disney also owns Marvel at this point too, and that has worked out well on this model. Disney is obviously thinking of trunking a big profit, but if they take this seriously, things could turn out great. As a fan, I was starting to worry that Star Wars was slipping into repeating old stories in the EU and redundant self parody for the greater public, while I was convinced the universe was so rich and full of many more good stories to tell. If Disney does this right, that could actually happen.

  • Anonymous

    Alyssa Rosenberg has a good take on this. It could be good news, if Disney is willing to take a few risks, have some unusual directors come in, tell Star Wars stories which aren’t quite like what we might expect. One of her examples: Get Matt Affleck to do a Corellian Security forces movie, drawing from his experience with crime dramas.

    My thought: Sanjuro and Yojimbo remakes with a young, Pre-Episode I Qui-Gon (or any-age Han Solo). Qui-Gon is shifty enough to play both sides against the middle. There are a wealth of opportunities, if they’re willing to go somewhere interesting. I mean, if they just make Rogue Squadron X-Wing shoot-em-ups, they’ll probably still be decent, but there’s no reason they can’t do smaller, more creative ones, too.

    Alyssa has said the same thing about Disney with Marvel – mix in some small with the big. They totally need to do a She Hulk movie. Basically, it’s John Grisham, but with more big green muscles. They could adapt Kurt Busiek’s Marvels, about a newspaper reporter and his life photographing superheroes. Smallish budgets, more niche, but you don’t need to make blockbuster ticket sales if you spend a tenth as much money making the film.

  • Mina

    I don’t know. It could work, I suppose, if handled properly, but my initial reaction is that it’s just too much of a good thing.

  • Anonymous

    It is taking all of my willpower to maintain cautious optimism regarding new Star Wars movies.

  • Axey

    I am with you on that…