Star Wars the gift that keeps giv­ing

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

DIS­NEY has an­nounced plans for a new Star Wars tril­ogy as it builds on the beloved and prof­itable sci­ence-fiction fran­chise.

“We have big am­bi­tions for the Star Wars fran­chise,” Dis­ney chief ex­ec­u­tive Robert Iger said yes­ter­day.

Dis­ney just closed a deal with Rian John­son, direc­tor of The Last Jedi, to de­velop a new tril­ogy, Iger said.

The fran­chise has been “ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions” since Dis­ney ac­quired Lu­cas­film five years ago, ac­cord­ing to Iger.

Dis­ney planned to launch Star Wars fea­ture films in a new pay ser­vice that would offer “thou­sands of hours” of film and tele­vi­sion con­tent. It touted the box of­fice suc­cess of the two most re­cent Star Wars films, and ex­pressed con­fi­dence The Last Jedi, set for re­lease next month, would be a hit.

A film based on Har­ri­son Ford’s char­ac­ter, Han Solo, and Episode IX are al­ready in the pro­duc­tion line.

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