Rumored for several months and confirmed thus far only as “in development,” Disney’s chief Bob Iger talked about the new Star Wars sections of the Disney theme parks openly to Variety Wednesday. He revealed that the new attractions, specifically rides, will be based primarily on the new Disney-produced sequels, starting with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and continuing on with the other sequels and spin-off solo films.
”There will be a much larger ‘Star Wars’ presence in our parks globally. But we want to do this big, which takes time, and to do it right,” Iger told the Hollywood trade.
The new sections were being developed around the original trilogy of films, but Iger wanted to make sure they carried over audiences from the new movies directly into the attractions. That meant waiting until the first movie, directed by J.J. Abrams, was done filming, so that Disney Imagineering could have access to assets and information about the movie. That doesn’t mean, though, that the old movies will be completely left behind.
”I slowed it all down so what we come forward with will have a blend of the past, present and maybe the future,” Iger said, implying a blend between what’s come, what’s in the immediate future and presently being worked on, and even the other planned projects down the road. “Now we have a sense of what’s in ‘Star Wars 8,’ and what some of the standalone films will have in them.”
That’s also the first real indication from Disney that the next episodic feature film and solo spin-offs have some real development going into them, besides simply snapping up hot young directors.