Disney CEO Bob Iger talks STAR WARS EPISODE VII and REBELS movies

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As much as I’m looking forward to a new Star Wars movie, it’s the new animated TV series that really has my attention. Star Wars Rebels is pretty much the spiritual successor to the superb Clone Wars series that ran for five seasons, and sees the formation of the Rebel Alliance.

But it won’t just be sticking to TV, as Rebels is getting a feature film as well. More after the jump.

Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke about Star Wars in the latest shareholder letter that Jedi News got their hands on. In it, he explained that a Rebels movie and several Star Wars shorts were on the way to the Disney XD channel:

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since we acquired the extraordinary Star Wars franchise, but we’re well on our way to expanding that epic saga to thrill fans and introduce its iconic characters to a new generation with fantastic new storylines. After months of public speculation and anticipation, we announced the official release date for the next feature film, Star Wars: Episode VII, will be December 18, 2015. So far we’ve kept the details to ourselves, but we’re thrilled with the story and committed to making an incredible movie, and we should be releasing more information as production moves forward in the coming year.

As with Marvel, the rich universe of Star Wars has tremendous creative potential for the entire company. While the world eagerly awaits Episode VII to open in theaters, we’re introducing Star Wars Rebels to television audiences this summer with a movie and a series of shorts on Disney Channel, followed by a continuing series on Disney XD. Our success in building a robust pipeline of original Star Wars content for various platforms will be an integral part of our long-term strategy to leverage the franchise across a variety of our businesses, from theme parks to consumer products.

Say what you want about the acquisition, but Disney isn’t allowing their $4 billion investment to lay dormant. Before George Lucas sold Star Wars off, there were numerous plans in place for all manner of big and small screen spin-offs, that never materialised. And honestly, I’m just happy to have more Star Wars in my life. As I said, Rebels has me hooked already, especially with propaganda posters such as this:

The show kicks off later this year, and I feel that the force will indeed be strong with it.

Last Updated: February 5, 2014

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