Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, spoke at a Variety event this morning and let fly with some updates from what was formally the world of Lucasfilm-Only: Disney expects to get script for Star Wars 7 in January. No … Continue reading

Disney Has No ‘Star Wars’ Script, But Plans For ‘Wars’ and ‘Jones’ Futures Anyway

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Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, spoke at a Variety event this morning and let fly with some updates from what was formally the world of Lucasfilm-Only:

Well, that’s not a good sign. Call me crazy but “we just bought Star Wars and are launching the third trilogy in two years” sounded a lot to me like Episode VII was ready to go. Then JJ Abrams threw out the Michael Ardnt script/treatment and took it back to square one. That’s what pushed Star Wars into the Christmas season (since Disney CEO Bob Iger is promising new Star Wars in 2015).

History will contextualize this. But without a script, there can’t be a budget and an “expected budget” is what got the John Carter echo-chamber trashing that movie as a bloated production when it wasn’t. Things could go either way, but I’m not psyched with how rushed this all is. And it looks like these troubles are only beginning because:

Every. Damn. Year. So that’s 2 Marvel Movies and 1 Star Wars movie every year until we stop seeing them, which may be never. It also means whatever story-world JJ Abrams is establishing has to stick. Could you imagine having to base 2 movies a year off Star Trek Into Darkness? Ugh.

And, finally:

Good. This is encouraging. See, where as with Star Wars the story is coming very close to the last moment, Indiana Jones is dependent on a story. That’s a good place to start. Now let’s work on a way to include Harrison Ford, but not – ya know?

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  • Hephaestus1

    No script, yet they’ve already hired a director, had a casting call, and released official production stills?

    If this is really coming out in 2015, we’re all screwed.

    Rush job, indeed.

  • J- Dub

    Ah Disney, … producer of fine cinema classics such as:
    1) The Lone Ranger
    2) John Carter
    3) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
    4) Prince of Persia
    5) Treasure Planet
    6) Mars Needs Moms

  • Duck O’Death

    Very few scripts to big films are ever finished these days. They are pens-down abandoned because of production schedules. A film as big as Star Wars 7 needs years of development until it is truly at its peak. They need to push this back to Summer 2016. Reports say they are filming early next year. BS. If they’re starting “almost” fresh and expect to deliver the necessary positive revival of StarWars with a great script, they need more time.

  • BigBlackBootyDaddy

    Even if it does spend years in development it doesn’t mean it will make the movie better. I a perfect world it would.

  • TwilightNewsSite

    A lot depends on what they mean by “script.” Lucas has been hinting at the storyline for, well, decades, so if they’re sticking to that, they may just be hashing out dialogue and minor characters.

  • Lex

    At first I thought the Star Wars production was not being rushed and the producers just freaked out for no reason. Now it sounds like they don’t really have a plan except have Star Wars film every year. I have said before, I do not like the idea that Disney owns all these properties. They may have the money to do it, but it is about someone being inspired to make a movie, not required to.

  • Lex

    Can’t forget gems like Iron Man 2 and doing 3 too many Pirates movies.

  • ShowMeTheMoney

    “Then JJ Abrams threw out the Michael Ardnt script/treatment and took it back to square one.”

    Took it back to square one? Really? Are you saying they simply threw out a whole year’s work?

    Why aren’t LR running the recent photo of Hamill? Is it because it clearly shows him WITHOUT a beard, thereby discrediting “Operation Skywalker”?

    Still waiting for those photos of the Falcon set….

  • Lex

    True, but I think it is difficult to ignore all the stories from the expanded universe when Disney wants a movie a Star Wars themed movie a year. At least the expanded universe has several stories, but Lucas original storyline was just three films. Who knows.

  • TwilightNewsSite

    Well, as I recall, he said it was the nine films. The first three are a tragedy, the second an adventure, and the third is what is coming, another tragedy. I think most of the Expanded Universe will be ignored, other than the broad archetypes: Han & Leia have twins, who end up opposing one another.

  • mashedpotatoes

    It’s important to remember that Alan Horn is not involved in the creative process and the information he is giving the press does not necessarily reflect what is really happening on the production side. Just because the shooting script has not been handed over to the executives does not mean the production team is not working from a draft of the screenplay already. If I recall, The shooting scripts for Episodes IV -VI were not complete until Principal Photography was about to begin. It’s just that back then, there was no internet and no gossip to go along with it. And as someone else pointed out, the story for the trilogy has been mapped out for some time. Kathleen Kennedy has produced projects this large and complex before and I have complete faith in her. So I think everyone just needs to relax a bit and trust that they will deliver.

  • Xmasevebaby

    I really do hope that Disney will have enough faith in the brand to NOT attach “Indiana Jones and the” to the movie’s title.

  • J- Dub

    You’re right Lex! I was just afraid the list might get too long. But i’m over my fears now!

    7) Iron Man 2
    8) Iron Man 3
    9) Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest
    10) Pirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End
    11) Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides
    12) Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell no Lies (I’m sure it’s gonna suck)
    13) Inspector Gadget
    14) The Haunted Mansion
    15) Snow Dogs (although my daughter loves this)
    16) Home on the Range
    17) Around the World in 80 Days
    18) The Santa Claus 2
    19) The Santa Claus 3
    20) Alice in Wonderland (the Tim Burton version)
    21) A Christmas Carol (the Jim Carrey version)
    22) Beverly Hills Chihuahua
    23) Hannah Montana the Movie
    24) National Treasure: Book of Secrets
    25) The Country Bears
    26) George of the Jungle
    27) D2: The Mighty Ducks
    28) D3: The Mighty Ducks
    29) First Kid
    30) Honey I Blew up the Kid
    31) The Remake of the Flight of the Navigator is going to blow hard
    and so so so much more!
    Please help me here if I’m missing anything.

  • dragon_lee76

    People, calm down, they just don’t have a COMPLETE script. But they do have an outline of the script. That’s why casting has been underway.

  • Rolta

    JJ Abrams is a hack who hangs out with hacks. He’s not good enough for Star Wars, and he’s definitely not good enough to take complete control and to make the kinds of decisions he seems to be making.

    I watched Super 8 the other day. It was pants. All show with no soul—just like both Star Trek films, which were awful.

  • PeterPan

    Maybe Hamill and Fisher need another year in the gym? When I saw Ford in “Ender’s Game” I must say I wasn’t thrilled with his acting. So, I’m approaching this project with an extremely skeptical eye.

  • Hephaestus1

    Ford has been sleepwalking through his career for years.

    Hamill and Fisher don’t worry me nearly as much. At least they have the enthusiasm.

  • Dan Riedel

    Sounds like they’re squeezing the trigger of a bazooka, with other end of it in their mouths.

    That said, they would be better off doing one more old Jones Vs the Ruskies/Maoists/North Koreans before rebooting and doing a young Indy reboot.

  • Ethel the Frog

    There has been a script. There is an outline. There is an ongoing new draft (only Devin “I hate SW fans” Faraci has mentioned anything about a script being “thrown out” and that was based on nothing solid). Even the script for the first Star Wars movie was still being worked on the night before principal photography began. There are sequences planned. There are sets built and being built. Casting is ongoing. VFX is in the planning and early execution stages. This film has been in pre-production for MONTHS now and budgets are sometimes not confirmed until closer to principal photograhpy. A little look over some stories at Hitfix can confirm this. Please, do some research before you start spreading more scare stories in the name of cheap page hits. One little comment from an exec and fandom goes haywire. FFS.

  • Ethel the Frog

    Because of course those films are the only ones they’ve ever made. Just come out and say you want it to fail.

  • Ethel the Frog

    The movie has been in pre-production for ages. There are plenty other big movies (Avengers – Age of Ultron?) that begin shooting next month for an even earlier release date.

  • Ethel the Frog

    Only Devin Faraci has come out and said that Arndt’s script was “thrown out”. So every other site looking for fear baiting site hits chooses to go with that. The more reasonable suggestion that other folks have mentioned is that Arndt was working far more slowly than the production required. They’ll still be working to Lucas’ outlines, as Arndt was.

  • Ethel the Frog

    ^This!

  • J- Dub

    Actually I would LOVE for it to be excellent. I sincerely would. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of going to the cinema to watch Star Wars with my family. I still have the original “A New Hope” movie-book (yes, theaters used to hand out that kind of stuff), the original toys, and even kept my VHS versions so that I wouldn’t have to ever see Mr. Hayden Christensen as Anakin’s ghost in the “Return of the Jedi.” Even now, my 7-year-old daughter’s favorite things of all are Star Wars related. She loves the movies, the games, and the toys. Because of Star Wars, I now have decades of amazing memories and I have no doubt that will continue. I have, unfortunately, very little faith in Disney. Many of their animated films are some of the best films ever. I wish they would put the level of effort they put into those into everything else they do and realize that what they hold (Star Wars) is more than just a money factory and something that many people hold dear to them.

  • Shaun Patrick O’Rourke

    What was that “Red” script we saw a few weeks ago?

  • Shaun Patrick O’Rourke

    In three years Harrison Ford will be 74 years old. I smell a re-boot coming.

  • CaptainRon

    I think doing a Star Wars movie every year is a bad, bad idea. There is such a thing as oversaturating the market. Want to know why the “Star Wars” movies hoovered up cash? Because they came out once every three years or so. It’s about building the anticipation.

    As for the next trilogy, maybe they should be shooting more for 2017, the fortieth anniversary of the franchise? That’d give them a good lead-time and it’d make the anniversary truly special.

    Wait a minute – then that’d put creative concerns over cash flow. I’ll never work in this town…

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I thought he was fine in Enders Game and read reviews saying the same thing. But I guess that’s just like, my opinion, man.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Back to formula.

  • J- Dub

    I heard a rumor that Hayden Christensen has been cast as Anakin’s ghost for the new trilogy.