Variety writer Marc Graser has been tweeting throughout the announcements, which reveal that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan won't have their screenplay completed until sometime in January, making this the most rushed movie ever seen in the franchise. Alan Horn won't reveal the budget, put places it somewhere at $200 million. And Indiana Jones 5 is still a good 2 years away from happening, as they don't have a story yet. (We see how well that is going for Star Wars). Oh, and despite the fact that they've had such a tough time getting Star Wars: Episode VII up and running, you can still expect a new movie every year starting in 2015. Check out Marc's full tweet session from his speech here.
Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn is speaking at Variety's Dealmakers Breakfast.— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) December 13, 2013
Disney's Alan Horn on his plans for Marvel: "I plan to bring them coffee. These guys have earned the right to follow their creative vision."— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) December 13, 2013
Disney expects to get script for Star Wars 7 in January. No budget for movie although studio wouldn't be surprised if it costs $200 million.— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) December 13, 2013
Disney expects a Star Wars related movie (including spin offs) every year from Lucasfilm. #StarWars— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) December 13, 2013
Disney's Alan Horn on Indiana Jones: "We need a story." Guesses it will be another two to three years before we see a fifth movie.— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) December 13, 2013
Disney's Alan Horn on China: "One in every 5 people on the planet is Chinese. We can't ignore this marketplace."— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) December 13, 2013
Alan Horn's rule for greenlighting Disney movies: Do I have to see it now and on the big screen? If the answer is no, we have a big problem.— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) December 13, 2013
The lack of a completed script for Star Wars: Episode VII shouldn't be terribly surprising, since J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over the writing duties last month. Still, with shooting scheduled to begin next spring, and no cast members announced yet, it seems this production is already behind schedule before principal photography begins.
As for the spin-offs, we reported in October that these stand-alone movies will be origin stories, which will focus on Han Solo and Boba Fett. Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan are writing the screenplays for these movies, which will debut in 2016 and 2018, between the new prequel trilogy movies.
Disney acquired the rights to make Indiana Jones 5 earlier this month, although no screenwriter is attached at this time, and the project doesn't seem to be a high priority at Disney. Franchise star Harrison Ford revealed in August that he is still interested in portraying the iconic archaeologist.
Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.