In a new story posted at Variety, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed to them that the upcoming “Star Wars” attractions at Disney theme parks will be heavily based off the sequel trilogy and standalone films instead of the previous six movies. Here are some of the new details Variety revealed in their article that Bob Iger shared with them at their Dealmakers Breakfast that was held today:
“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.”
Disney could have easily started producing new rides based on the original “Star Wars” films — and early development on new rides did revolve around the first six “Star Wars” movies. But Iger didn’t want a situation in which theme park guests would be disappointed with an attraction after seeing “The Force Awakens.”
“I didn’t want someone to say, ‘I just saw the movie and there’s nothing in that movie in this (attraction). We waited to see what this film would have in it.”
As a result, Iger stopped early development on theme park attractions at Imagineering. “We couldn’t tell them what was new,” Iger said, until Abrams was finished developing and producing the sequel. “I slowed it all down so what we come forward with will have a blend of the past, present and maybe the future,” referencing upcoming sequels and spinoff films. “Now we have a sense of what’s in ‘Star Wars 8,’ and what some of the standalone films will have in them.”
While it may be a little disappointing to hear the new attractions won’t have too much to do with the previous six “Star Wars” movies, there’s no doubt the sequel trilogy and standalone films will provide plenty of cool content that will make for some great rides and attractions at Disney theme parks.
Be sure to check out the full article over at Variety, where Bob Iger also talks about how they almost didn’t release the teaser trailer for “The Force Awakens” this year.