Our good friends over at Star Wars Underworld reported today that Disney recently sent an annual report to its stockholders which included the following brief statement from CEO Bob Iger regarding the future of Star Wars:
“As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming….and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage…I can assure the millions of Star Wars fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and we’ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019.”
I can only imagine how exciting it must be to be one of the very few people who has seen substantial amounts of footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, I’m sure Mr. Iger’s life is quite good, but being the man who gets all the access he wants to Star Wars isn’t so bad.