A Disturbance in the Force – Disney Plans Annual Star Wars Films

Disney executives have recently announced their plans to release a new Star Wars film every year, presumably until the end of time, money or both. In addition to the new trilogy (Episode VII is scheduled for summer 2015, helmed by the fireball-singed J.J. Abrams,) the House of Mouse is planning to release a standalone film every alternating summer.

As you would expect from the Internet when something like this is mentioned, outrage and worry began to bubble away from hardcore Force-fans (StarWarriors?). It’s not that surprising though – after spending $4 billion for the license, you would imagine that Disney are trying to get some of that investment back as cold, hard profit. With the original writers from Empire Strikes Back coming back to work on the script for Episode VIImaybe it won’t be too terrible?

To be perfectly honest, I’m not that worried about this annual release of films ruining the Star Wars franchise. That damage has already been done. But the reverence people have for the original trilogy can only take so many slaps to the face. Still, maybe Disney know what they’re doing. For every hundred Camp Rock straight-to-DVDs they make, we sometimes get a Lion King, and now the franchise has been wrestled from George Lucas’ ham-fisted death grip, there’s a whole extended universe of story-arcs and characters just waiting to have a gangly, racist frog-person ruin it for the rest of us.

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