Disney is not mucking around with their new LucasFilm rights. Beginning with the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII in 2015, the House of Mouse plans to release a Star Wars film every year. Revealed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas yesterday, the plan involves releasing a standalone film in 2016 – presumably one of the planned Boba Fett or Han Solo spinoffs – and alternating between spinoffs and numbered episodes every year.
Too much of a good thing? After paying over $1 billion to acquire LucasFilm, Disney is obviously looking to start turning a profit in a big way, and they’re not messing around.
Does the prospect of an annual Star Wars film excite you? Or turn your stomach? Is it a brilliant scheme, or over-saturation? Let us know in the comments below.
Next year will see the 75th anniversary of one of the all-time great films, The Wizard of Oz. Few films have had the impact or importance. When Dorothy opened up her Kansas farmhouse door to the world of Oz, she might have well have opened up the world of cinema to color films in a big way. The Wizard of Oz also told a fantasy story, even a children’s story, in a darker and much more intricate way than almost any film prior.
There have been several follow-ups or spin-offs to L. Frank Baum’s world, most notably Sidney Lumet’s musical The Wiz and the incredibly dark unofficial sequel, Disney’s Return to Oz. No film yet has had quite the spectacle, cast, or pedigree behind a Wizard of Oz follow-up as Oz: The Great and Powerful has. Not only is Disney basically banking on this being their next Alice in Wonderland, but the film is by Evil Dead and Spider-Man franchise director Sam Raimi, and features a huge cast that includes Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, and former Oscar nominees James Franco, Michelle Williams and former winner Rachel Weisz.
After a rough few years for Disney, with both animation projects and live-action films not going as planned, Disney has quite a lot riding on Oz: The Great and Powerful, their first live-action film since John Carter bombed. Before checking out Disney’s latest attempt at live-action greatness, and the prequel to one of cinema’s most famous stories, maybe check out some of these under-ranked films from the stars of Oz: The Great and Powerful.
Taste is subjective, and the Flickchart community is reminded of this every time we’re confronted by our choices. There are, however, some films almost universally damned and have been since they were released. In fact, some of them have been unpopular since before they were released. We’ve known for ages that a trusted critic’s star-rating or blurb review in the local paper can sway moviegoers, but what about the films who were condemned before anyone ever saw them?
Disney Movies Online has been the digital streaming service for the company since 2008. If you had a Disney Magic Rewards account, whenever you redeemed the code for any Disney DVD or Blu-ray Disc that included a Digital Copy, you also unlocked a streaming copy of that film through your Disney Movies Online account. It was all automatic; you didn’t have to do anything except redeem your Magic Rewards Code and Disney did the rest for you.
Following last week’s announcement that the Walt Disney Company has purchased Lucasfilm for over 4 billion dollars and scheduled Star Wars Episode VII for release in 2015, the Internet has been in a flurry of speculation over the future of the saga. Far be it from us not to jump on the bandwagon.
Even more than questioning where the story is supposed to go in the future, everybody seems to be talking about who will direct the next episode of the franchise, given that George Lucas himself is reportedly leaving Star Wars behind (to serve merely as a consultant on Episode VII). Rather than offer any actual suggestions here, let’s take a look at some possible contenders in true Flickchart fashion: two at a time.