Pronouncing to the media at an annual shareholder’s meeting on Tuesday in Portland, Oregon, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Star Wars Episode Seven will be released in December of 2015. The movie, according to Iger and the official Star Wars website, is set to commence shooting in May at Pinewood Studios in London. Director of the film, J.J. Abrams, claims that the pre-production stage has been well underway. In addition to that film, Igor also said that Disney was in the process of making two more installments to previously released movies. Those new movies, he said, will be The Incredibles 2, and a third Cars.
Due to a recent deal with Walt Disney Studios, this newest chapter of the science fiction series which first exploded onto the big screen back in the late seventies will be shown upon release in IMAX theaters. Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and a senior executive VP at IMAX Corp., said that he was pleased with the deal and was looking forward to continuing the tradition of bringing cutting-edge films to his company’s wide-screen. Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Maleficent will also be shown in IMAX theaters, both Disney and IMAX mentioned Thursday.
Set for release in 2015, Star Wars Episode Seven was written to take place 30 years after what had been the final movie in the Star Wars series, Return of the Jedi, released in 1983. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamhill reportedly will be reprising their roles in the reemergence of the decades-old trilogy which has since released three additional episodes. R2-D2 was another character announced so far to be making a definite return appearance in the film. The sound effects for the blissful cylindrical robot will come from Ben Burtt, the man who made famous the buzzing for the Jedi’s weapon of choice, the lightsaber, and Darth Vader’s intermittent robotic-like breathing.
With the making of this newest edition of what George Lucas had created nearly 40 years ago, there has been no shortage of outcry from the viewing public. It has been quite a long time since that first episode was brought to the screen, and the initial brilliance has ultimately faded somewhat. However, what the release in 2015 of Star Wars Episode Seven hopes to achieve is a rekindling of the flame that the first few movies had once delivered to millions of fans. The story of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia began with the first blockbuster film. The words: From a long time ago, in a galaxy far away … first flashed on the screen, scrolling upwards and into outer space, as the audience caught its inaugural glimpse of the captured Princess on board one of the many ships piloted by the evil Empire. As the story and the movies progressed, music from composer John Williams immortalized some of the more dramatic scenes in each of the films. Today, Disney and IMAX have teamed up in order to make a bold attempt to recreate that type of awe and wonder which the trilogy inspired, so long ago.
Opinion By Bryan William Myers