Addressing Disney shareholders, Disney CEO Bob Iger has laid down the expectations for December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and smartly, those expectations are not as stratospheric as those thrown around for last December’s The Force Awakens.
Iger stressed that “Rogue One,” which unfolds before the first “Star Wars,” is not expected to match the box office returns of “The Force Awakens.” That picture racked up nearly $2.1 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history. “We never felt it would do the level that ‘Force Awakens’ did,” Iger said. But based on the response to the trailers and posters, he said “The level of interest [in ‘Rogue One’] is as high as it was for ‘Force Awakens.’”
Iger also made clear the studio’s plans to keep expanding the galaxy beyond what is already laid down up to 2020 when the third Star Wars Story, rumoured to be a Boba Fett tale, hits screens.
Disney chief Bob Iger said he just met with LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy to map out “Star Wars” movies from 2021 and beyond, signalling that the studio is plunging ahead with plans to keep developing the cinematic universe created by George Lucas.
With an as yet unnamed writer found for the third standalone it’s heady times for those involved in production on Star Wars projects.