Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Big Announcements From Bob Iger at WDC Annual Stockholders Meeting : Star Wars 7, Cars 3 , Incredibles 2, Shanghaî Pirates Land, and more !

The WDC annual stockholders meeting is currently happening and BIG news have been announced by Bob Iger himself  and already posted by Hollywood press: first, Iger announced that a Cars 3 and a Incredibles 2 sequels are in development , although no released dates have been announced. An Incredibles 2 is a very good idea indeed, and the script will be written by Brad Bird, hope Brad will direct it too. Answering to a question of a stockholder Iger said that no animated feature in 2D are in development.

Iger also talked about Star Wars Episode 7 and revealed that the story will happen 30 years "after" Episode 6 with "familiar faces" returning - guess who? - and "a trio of new leads".. No casting for Star Wars 7 was apparently announced and R2D2 seems to be the only robot who will be part of the new trilogy. 

Here is an excerpt from The Hollywood Reporter article just posted - full article is HERE:

"Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger disclosed Tuesday that Pixar is working on a new Cars movie and a newIncredibles film. He also said Frozen is close to surpassing Toy Story 3 as the biggest animated film of all time, and that the next Star Wars movie will pick up 30 years after the events in 1983's Return of the Jedi, a timeframe that conceivably would allow Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher to play aging versions of their iconic characters, though Iger only hinted at such possibilities.

"There will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads," Iger said. "The team is well into preproduction and from the concept art that I have seen so far, Star Wars: Episode VII really looks amazing."

As for Pixar, the Disney CEO said: "We have plans for a new Cars movie and on top of that Brad Bird is already working on a great story for a new Incredibles film."

And from Variety:

"The new “Star Wars,” that J.J. Abrams is directing from London’s Pinewood Studios, will be set 30 years after 1983′s “Return of the Jedi” and will feature new and familiar faces.

“Girls” actor Adam Driver is in talks to play the villain in the new film. Others battling for lead roles include “Downton Abbey” thesp Ed Speleers, “Attack the Block” star John Boyega, “Breaking Bad” and “Friday Night Light’s” Jesse Plemons and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher.

The news was announced on Star Wars’ Twitter account.

“Rumor has it that almost every actor in the world has been cast in this movie, but so far, the official cast member that we’ve confirmed, the only one, is R2D2. Played by R2D2,” said Disney chief Bob Iger at the company’s shareholders meeting in Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday.

During the early part of the two hour meeting he said, “I know many of you were hoping for some ‘Star Wars’ news, but it’s really early in the process, so there really isn’t much that I can share with you right now.

Iger also said a fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise is in development but has not yet been green lighted.

Talking about Pirates, Iger also announced officially the Pirates Land for Shanghaî Disneyland. We knew it already but now it's official. Here is the Variety post about it:

"Disney’s Shanghai Disneyland will include Treasure Cove, a new themed land that will include a “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride designed specifically for Chinese guests.

The first look of the attraction was revealed at Disney’s shareholders meeting in Portland, Oregon, by Disney chief Bob Iger.

The new ride will be the first ride to be based on the “Pirates” films, and revolve around a battle for sunken treasure, and incorporating new effects and technology.

Disney has previously added Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow to the “Pirates” rides in its other parks and has a “Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” walk-through show at the Hollywood Studios park in Orlando, but the Shanghai “Pirates” will be the first actual ride to be designed around the film franchise."

Last but not least ( so far ) D23 announced the next D23 Expo in 2015 and here is the news release:

All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again under one roof when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of Aug. 14–16, 2015. Each of Disney’s wonderful worlds will unite to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from theme parks, television, music, games, and films, including Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars, and Marvel. 

Highlights planned for D23 Expo 2015 include the 2015 Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, a collection of one-of-a-kind assets, props, and costumes curated by the Walt Disney Archives; and the Collectors Forum, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, and merchandise. Once again the event will feature a massive show floor full of special opportunities to see what’s on the horizon for Disney around the world—and guests may run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers. Plus, the event will once again feature StagePass, the popular ticket distribution system that allows attendees to obtain a guaranteed seat for some of the Expo’s most popular presentations.

Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2015 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning August 14, 2014. D23 Members will receive special pricing on both one- and three-day tickets to the event, which is open to the general public. D23 Gold and Silver Members will also be entitled to early admission to the Expo show floor. D23 Charter Members will enjoy access to the Expo’s Charter Member Lounge. Members will also have an opportunity to purchase the Sorcerer Package, which provides a host of special benefits and amenities.

Don't miss the part two of this article with the fantastic SDL POTC land artwork HERE 

Pictures: copyright Disney - Pixar

1 comment:

Marco Antonio Garcia said...

Incredibles 2 is a very good news!