Disney Launching New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy, Treatment For Episode 7 Done, No Plans For 'Indiana Jones'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
October 30, 2012 5:13 PM
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Want a bracing wake up call as to how things operate on the major studio level? Listen to conference call with the big shots of a major studio. During the an investor conference call following the mind blowing news that Disney has purchased LucasFilm, the focus of the conversation between chief financial officers at Disney and financial types assessing the purchase were all about branding, branding, branding, branding and essentially leveraging "Star Wars" as much as possibly into a money-generating property for years and years to come. But within that were a few revelations worth talking about.

First and foremost, Disney revealed that "Star Wars: Episode 7" was the start of a new trilogy, with "Star Wars: Episode 8" and "Star Wars: Episode 9" to be released approximately "every other year" following 2015. And moreover, the creative process is well underway. “We’re going to concentrate on the ‘Star Wars’ franchise,” Disney CFO Jay Rasulo said in today’s Disney press conference, “What we’re buying, along with the overall company, is a pretty extensive and detailed treatment for what would be the next three movies. The trilogy.” So basically, 2015, 2017 and 2019 look to be set for a "Star Wars" rollout." Disney will distribute the pictures taking over from 20th Century Fox who handled those features in the past. George Lucas will consult on the film, but not write or direct. Directly from today's press conf:

"We also expect to create significant value in the film business. We plan to release the first new Star Wars film in 2015, and then plan to release one film every two to three years. These films will be released and distributed as part of our target slate of 8-10 live-action films per year, and will augment Disney's already strong creative pipeline for many years to come. Lucasfilm has not released a Star Wars film since Revenge of the Sith in 2005. However, adjusted for inflation, as well as growth in both international box office and 3D, we estimate the three most recent Star Wars films would have averaged about $1.5 billion in global box office in today's dollars. This speaks to the franchise's strength, global appeal and the great opportunity we have in the film business."

As for the Indiana Jones series, Disney suits made it clear that Star Wars is the golden goose of LucasFilm and the brand would be their immediate focus. Why? As they revealed later in the call, some possible legal hula hoops with Paramount (who distributed the films) could potentially be a hurdle, and moreover, the movies were not part of the valuation of LucasFilm. Another reason could be that the toy licensing rights are currently tied up with a few other companies.

Much, much more to come we're sure. But in short: more "Star Wars," but Indiana Jones has hung up the whip for the time being.

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17 Comments

  • Return of the Sith | October 31, 2012 2:24 AMReply

    How can you have Star Wars without Darth Vader and Obi Wan?

  • Xavier | October 30, 2012 11:49 PMReply

    Isn't it obvious.........Uwe Boll is clearly the front runner.

  • Graveyard | October 30, 2012 10:12 PMReply

    No plans for Indiana Jones? Are they mad?

  • Daryl Hannah | October 30, 2012 8:11 PMReply

    Please, for the love of god, keep Jon Favreau and Damon Lindelof's asses away from this.

  • Why can't they just let it die? | October 30, 2012 8:03 PMReply

    Why can't they just let it die?

  • JON | October 30, 2012 6:59 PMReply

    "...as much as possibly into a money generating property..."

    Perhaps you mean: "...as much as possible into a money-generating property..."

  • KT | October 30, 2012 6:39 PMReply

    All this money and Disney can't buy the rights to the other Marvel Comics properties?

  • Daryl Hannah | October 30, 2012 6:32 PMReply

    BRAD BIRD! SEQUENCES FILMED IN IMAX! IMAXXXXX!

  • zadoc | October 30, 2012 6:18 PMReply

    Don't freak out. Lucas hasn't been making good Star Wars movies, and Disney has been doing a great job with the Marvel franchise. This is the best thing to ever happen to Star Wars.

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  • Daryl Hannah | October 30, 2012 6:16 PMReply

    BRAD BIRD! BRAD BIRD! BRAD BIRD!

  • logan | October 30, 2012 6:10 PMReply

    T-H-R-A-W-N Thrawn Thrawn Thrawn

  • willll | October 30, 2012 6:02 PMReply

    Hey new idea for your guys' next feature. "5 Directors who could possibly direct Star Wars Episode 7"

  • Marko | October 30, 2012 6:20 PM

    How is Whedon even a possiblity if they're trying to get this done for 2015?

  • caro | October 30, 2012 6:14 PM

    5 directors? Joss Whedon /Brad Bird/JJ Abrams/Joseph Kosinsky/Fincher (and non! Nolan is not a possibility)

  • kitcon | October 30, 2012 6:01 PMReply

    A generous valuation and a great retirement fund for Lucas considering its equal to what they paid for Marvel but I have not doubt it will be a major money maker for Disney. Star Wars the theme park attraction must already be in the advanced planning stages. The best part (for me) is that George Lucas won't be tinkering further w/ Ep IV - VI. I'm actually excited for an Ep 7 with a new team

  • Frank | October 30, 2012 6:26 PM

    @MJ, you do realize, this is just gonna be the tip of the iceberg, right?

  • MJ | October 30, 2012 6:24 PM

    You do realize there have been Star Wars attractions in Disney parks for more than 20 years right?

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