Please, Disney. Don’t kill Star Wars. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Disney bought Lucasfilm (and thereby the Star Wars saga) in 2012 for around the $4 billion mark and that the first film in the new sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens was released. You should also know that Disney are also producing an Anthology Series which will explore stories separate from the events of the preexisting films.
Now, the the world’s own Dark Lord of the Disney Empire, Bob Iger has reared his Sidious-like head and announced that he has no intention to stop after the new trilogy is completed. Speaking to Newsbeat, the Disney CEO has this to say:
“There are five Star Wars films – four more with Episode VII: The Force Awakens – that are in varying stages of development and production. There will be more after that. I don’t know how many; I don’t know how often.”
We are already aware of Disney’s immediate schedule up to 2020: Rogue One is to be released this year; Episode VIII in 2017, a young Han Solo film in 2018, Episode IX in 2019; and a Boba Fett film in 2020. That I can deal with. But with Darth Iger’s comments about expanding the franchise indefinitely, Disney run the risk of milking a franchise to death; a franchise that has held a mystical grasp over the hearts of its fans since 1977.
With each installment, Disney run the risk of dispelling the magic of Star Wars more and more. So please, Disney. Don’t kill Star Wars.