Are you excited for more Star Wars? Well you should be... Because Disney has outlined their plans for the future, and show no sign of slowing down.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is without a doubt the most hyped film of 2015. Releasing next month, the promo and marketing for the film can be seen on every corner of the internet, with fans debating every strand of fan theories from the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, to the family tree of our main protagonists.
There are at least four Star Wars films on the horizon for the foreseeable future, kicking off December 18th with the arrival of Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Like all franchises, Disney know they have a major cash cow on their hands, and like their billion dollar Marvel universe, Disney are seeking to capitilise on the current Star Wars fever gripping the universe.
Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and assisted on The Force Awakens, said this when speaking to Wired.
"Star Wars is its own genre, Like all genres, 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."
Unlike many franchises, Star Wars has the benefit of drawing stories from an almost limitless source. The universe that Star Wars is set in is so vast and complex, that films can feature any character, any origin story, any genre or narrative. Potentially, Disney are looking to release a Star Wars film a year, for the foreseeable future until the Box Office gets sick of it. Which could be never.
The first in the new film series, the December 2016 anthology film Rogue One, will feature a plot that revolves around a band of resistance fighters uniting to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Galactic Empire's planet-destroying battle station. This is a prime example of how the Star Wars universe doesn't have to follow any timeline or narrative. Drawing from mere references in the original trilogy, to flesh out a full new film.
Again speaking to Wired, Lucasfilm Story Group's Kiri Hart had this to say:
In the case of Rogue One, we’re essentially making a period piece. The benefit of making additional episodes that move forward on the timeline is that we are making new space for ourselves.
It's an impressive feat to think that Disney will commit to producing a Star Wars film at least once a year. Yet it's not overly came as a surprise. The studio outlined its commitment to the franchise back in 2012, purchasing Lucasfilm for $4 billion. They further cemented their intentions with the announcement of future plans for Star Wars theme parks. Is Yoda the new Micky Mouse...
Many may point towards Disney ruining the franchises reputation, viewing a saturation of the film industry with copious amounts of Star Wars probably not the greatest of ideas. But it's their ability to literally make any film inside the Star Wars universe and base it on any genre and any story.
Imagine a Star Wars RomCom ? No... Yea. Probably not.