Though everyone’s chomping at the bit to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” right now, the boffins at Disney have to look ahead for the franchise and it seems their ambitious plans may be even bigger than you might think.
As part of a feature article on the franchise, Wired writer Adam Rogers says that the studio doesn’t see this franchise as one that will end anytime soon:
“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.”
Yet though the major beats of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the like seem to be laid ahead of time, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy says much of the future of the “Star Wars” universe remains in flux:
“I love how you’ve already jumped to the conclusion that it’s all working. Oh my God, there is so much to get right. It’s by no means laid out beat for beat. I’ll borrow a line from Raiders of the Lost Ark: We’re making this up as we go.”
Kennedy also spoke about a certain other franchise under her purview – that of the “Indiana Jones” films:
“I’ve talked about it with everybody at Disney. Alan Horn, [chair of Walt Disney Studios] is very supportive of it [moving onto other films]. But at the same time, he’s right when he says we’ve got a lot on our plate…And then I’ll be working with them on Indiana Jones.”
Wired for the full interview including quotes about “Rogue One” and Lawrence Kasdan’s Han Solo spin-off film.
In related news, Andy Serkis has spoken some more about his role as Supreme Leader Snoke in the upcoming ‘Force Awakens’. Talking with Empire, he revealed the character is a lot bigger than you might think:
“It was quite an unusual situation. … My first day was basically standing on a 25-foot podium doing Lord Snoke without the faintest idea what he looked like… or in fact who he was! I was very high up, totally on my own, away from everybody else, but acting with them. … [W]e used sort of a ‘Kongolizer’ method of having sound come out of speakers to give a sense of scale and distance for the character. So it was very challenging and scary, in fact probably one of my most scary film experiences I’ve ever had.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens December 18th.