Disney Chief booed at D23 convention for giving no ‘Star Wars’ updates



Disney held their annual convention at the Anaheim Convention Center in California over the weekend, and thousands of fans attended to hear what Disney have in store for us over the next few years. Disney promoted 11 new movies that they will be releasing through to the end of 2015, and these movies included Thor: The Dark World, Maleficent, Saving Mr Banks and Tomorrowland.

However, the big film that everyone wants to know about is JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, and fans were hoping for an update on the film, due for release in 2015. Disney Chairman and CEO Bon Iger warned fans before the convention “we’re speechless on the Star Wars front”, and insisted that they had no new information to share with fans.

People expected an update anyway, as it has become the norm to tease fans and then give them what they want. Sadly at D23 this did not happen, and fans hoping for a big Star Wars finale were instead given B.J Novak and Jason Schwartzman performing a song from “Mary Poppins” that’s featured in Saving Mr. Banks. Fan were not happy.

Disney Chairman Alan Horn took to the stage early and attempted to get Star Wars out of the way quick. He explained what fans already know: JJ Abrams is directing, the film will be released in 2015, Disney are planning a sequel every two to three years plus spin-off movies, The Empire Strikes Back’s Lawrence Kasdan and Sherlock Holmes’ Simon Kinberg will write two of the standalone films, Episode VII will be filmed in the UK and the script will be overseen by Toy Story 3’s Michael Arndt, and there are rumours of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher all returning.

Fans knew all this, and were hoping that some fresh information would come, but it never did and Horn was met with the thunderous sound of boos from the update hungry crowd. He even tried to explain the situation by saying “I wish I could tell you more, but it will come soon.” 

Not a good start for Disney who were probably not expecting this kind of response at all. However, what these fans need to understand is that Abrams is directing the new Star Wars film, and he is one of the most secretive directors in the business, and he will ONLY reveal updates when he is good and ready. With Star Wars: Episode VII not coming for two years, it is doubtful we will get very many updates until nearer the time of release. Obviously we will get all the casting announcements, but as for plot and what exactly Abrams will bring to the series, I for one hope this can stay secret for as long as possible.

Harrison Ford recently had a complaint about just how much information is released about films these days prior to release, and also had a dig at the digital age in general. He spoke of how information hungry fans can ruin a films experience: “Everyone would be ahead of it, and everybody would know what it was, and it would be no fun at all.” He added: “But people still went to movies in those days. People went to movie theatres. It was a community experience, and that was part of the fun. Now people see a movie on their iPad, alone, with interruptions for snacks.”

There was one other complaint about the convention, and that was the absence of Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy. While Marvel’s Kevin Feige was in attendance, and also Disney’s animation chief John Lasseter, Kennedy was the only major studio executive not in attendance. It might have worked in Disney’s favour had she simply appeared on stage to say “Star Wars: Episode VII is in good hands”, or something like that just to please the fans?

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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