Saturday, January 5, 2019

Iger: 'Galaxy's Edge' To Open At Disneyland In June, No Exclusive 'Star Wars' Movies For Disney+

By: Dominic Jones

Disney CEO Bob Iger was recently interviewed by Barron's Magazine, and covered a wide range of Star Wars (and other Disney) topics, including the upcoming theme park and what types of streaming projects fans can expect to be coming to Disney+.  Among the reveals in the interview are the opening month of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the new Star Wars "Land", as well as why Disney will not be making Star Wars movies for their new streaming service.

On the topic of Galaxy's Edge, Iger told Barron's, "When Star Wars opens in Anaheim in June and in Florida later in the year, that’s adding capacity. You’re adding 14 acres of land [each], more rides, and more things for people to do. It’s the biggest land we’ve ever built."

Previously, Disney had only said the "Land" would be opening in the Summer at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and in the Fall at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The exact opening date is still unknown, but Iger's latest comments narrow down when it could be considerably.  On Christmas Day Disney released a new video about what visitors cane expect from Galaxy's Edge, which you can see below,

Another topic Iger discussed in depth with Barron's is the upcoming release of the new Disney streaming service Disney+, which is slate to launch later this year.  There are three Star Wars projects slated to appear exclusively on the new service, they are the live action series' Star Wars: The Mandalorian, and a Rogue One prequel starring Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, and the long awaited seventh season of the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

All of the Star Wars projects listed above are series, but what about movies? When asked about the possibility of making a Star Wars movie exclusively for the service, Iger said,

"Almost every movie the studio makes is a $100 million-plus movie, and we’re not looking to make movies at that level for the service. We’re looking to invest significantly in television series on a per-episode business, and we’re looking to make movies that are higher budget, but nothing like that. We wouldn’t make a Star Wars movie for this platform. When everybody goes out on the weekend and you have a movie that opens up to $200 million, there’s a buzz that creates that enhances value. We like that. And eventually the movies we’re making are going to [end up on] the service."

Given that three out of four of the Star Wars films Disney has released have all grossed over $1 billion, Iger's desire to keep Star Wars films in the theaters makes sense.  And, for now, it's hard to complain about the amount of Star Wars content coming to Disney+ in the form of the upcoming series (listed above).

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