With fans still talking about the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, nearly two weeks after its release, the buzz swirling around this beloved Star Wars franchise is higher than ever. You may recall that, back in June 2013, it was revealed that Star Wars will be integrated into Disney's theme parks as well, but not much else was known about the studio's plans. During Variety's Dealmakers Breakfast earlier today, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the upcoming theme park attractions will be solely based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its spin-offs, not the original and prequel trilogies.
"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. 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."
Bob Iger said that Disney stopped early development on the attractions at Imagineering, until J.J. Abrams was done developing and producing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He added that fans may even get a glimpse at Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will be written and directed by Rian Johnson, and the upcoming spin-offs, when the attraction opens sometime next year.
"We couldn't tell them what was new. I slowed it all down so what we come forward with will have a blend of the past, present and maybe the future. Now we have a sense of what's in Star Wars 8, and what some of the standalone films will have in them."
As many fans noticed in the first trailer, Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn't appear to have nearly the same amount of special effects and CGI environments that were used in George Lucas's prequel trilogy. Bob Iger added that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will respect the look that George Lucas created in the 1970s while looking forward to the future.
"That will give the film a look that will be extremely respectful of the look George (Lucas) created in the '70s, and will play well with ardent Star Wars fans and play well with audiences today. There's a sameness to a lot of these films today. The wow factor isn't what it used to be. J.J. decided to create the physical wow factor."