With another snowstorm battering the Northeast (and another coming early next week), seeing drone footage from Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge gave many a needed distraction.
Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge video delivers Star Wars daydreams
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) March 8, 2018
The Disney Parks Blog’s Jennifer Fickley-Baker wrote:
As you can see in this video, which Bob Iger shared this morning during the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is shaping up to be one of the most detailed and immersive lands ever created in Disney Parks history. Take a look at the video above for construction flyover footage that shows the expansive scale of this thrilling addition.
For a second, my mind filled up with visions of cantinas, starships, and–perhaps most importantly–blue skies.
Less than dreamy timing
Unfortunately, for both Jon Favreau and Disney, the timing of the Lucasfilm’s press release regarding its first Star Wars project for its upcoming streaming service fell flat.
Big surprise. "Star Wars" gets its 12th white male director. https://t.co/RM1gBvhl2Q
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) March 9, 2018
Many #StarWars social media mentions called out the company, as well:
On the one hand, Jon Favreau is a proven blockbuster filmmaker with a strong command of fantasy storytelling.
On the other hand, announcing that another straight white dude is helming a Star Wars project ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY is… not great.https://t.co/cYeU7eGIyk
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) March 8, 2018
My take: Having worked in PR a long time, sometimes “the best-laid plans…” are dashed when higher-ups decide that proper timing is not a primary concern. That said, Lucasfilm may rectify this consistent public relations issue by merely diversifying its list of frontline creatives–and then telling us about it.
On a much lighter note…
ABC News asked:
— ABC News (@ABC) March 8, 2018
And then, moments before Hamill is to speak on the unveiling of his new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Harrison Ford says:
The Last Word
Given the attention the Saga has at the moment, let’s start the weekend with a point of exclamation.
What a freaking time to be alive for Star Wars fans
— Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) March 8, 2018
I agree, Ash. May the Force be with us all… JB