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Disney CEO Bob Iger has told a conference that the company is contemplating “what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories. Iger dropped that tantaliser at the SCALE: The Future of Tech and Entertainment event in Los Angeles on Thursday. Iger's talk was witnessed and chronicled by entertainment industry bible …

  1. Mark Simon

    Did Carrie Fisher die … ?

    Really, I can’t find any mention of it whatsoever on The Register.

    I just thought it was everybody else’s imagination.

    From those of us who did notice, RIP, Ms Fisher.

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  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is rather like ...

    ... an Involuntary Suppository.

  3. DougS Silver badge

    Looking forward to Episode XVIII

    Star Wars XVIII: The Batt.... Just hand over your money, you know you're going to

    1. TitterYeNot
      Coat

      Re: Looking forward to Episode XVIII

      "Star Wars XVIII: The Batt.... Just hand over your money, you know you're going to"

      Yes, too true. I'm not necessarily saying that Disney are going to milk this franchise for all it's worth, but I fear for the future, and fear leads to anger...anger leads to hate...

      Star Wars Episode XXXIV: 101 Ewoks

      Star Wars Episode LXXXII: Han solo and the Seven Jawa

      Star Wars Episode CXXXIII: Beauty and the Wookie

      Star Wars Episode CCLXXXVIII: Dumbo Strikes Back

    2. Trigonoceps occipitalis

      Re: Looking forward to Episode XVIII

      Personally I can wait for "Jar Jar Binks - His Life and Times." A long time, a very long time, oh so long, please, pretty please.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wasn't the Falcon origin made known in "Empire Strikes Back"??

    Or because you can't have Han Solo without it years before, otherwise the gullible fans won't understand the story and weep, Disney have to introduce it anyway, just like it did with the robots?

    1. Marketing Hack Silver badge
      Alien

      Re: Wasn't the Falcon origin made known in "Empire Strikes Back"??

      Hush up and just accept that Han "I can make the Kessel run in 12 parsecs" Solo somehow has abilities to warp time and space that nobody else in the galaxy has.

      Hmmm, warp time and space? I'm smelling a Star Wars and Dune crossover--"Han Solo: Guild Navigator". Please, PLEASE, nobody tell Disney about that.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Wasn't the Falcon origin made known in "Empire Strikes Back"??

        A drug addicted Han Solo would fit the actual audience very well - but I doubt Disney would go that far for now. Or a Wookie still unsure about his sex. But who knows? Marketing could look into new revenue streams...

  5. Voland's right hand Silver badge

    There is also this plot line

    Well, not all robot plot lines have been covered. Like for example this: https://pics.onsizzle.com/are-you-sure-we-should-do-this-i-mean-youre-14754071.png

  6. creepy gecko
    Coat

    Who is Hans Solo?

    Is it a new character?

    1. Timmy B Silver badge

      Re: Who is Hans Solo?

      "Hans Solo"

      He's in the German Star Wars.

    2. Solarflare

      Re: Who is Hans Solo?

      He is Han's German half-brother. They don't talk much, bit of a language barrier.

      1. Marketing Hack Silver badge

        Re: Who is Hans Solo?

        And there were those unfortunate rumors about Hans Solo sending Jar-Jar Binks to a labor camp.

        1. TRT Silver badge

          Re: those unfortunate rumours

          Unfortunate because they weren't true.

      2. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

        Re: Who is Hans Solo?

        He is Han's German half-brother.

        Pal of Vladimir Kuryakin, whose Dad used to work with their Uncle Napoleon.

      3. lorisarvendu

        Re: Who is Hans Solo?

        He gets on better with his younger brother, Stoop.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Who is Hans Solo?

      "Who is Hans Solo?"

      He's the guy that rode the Millennial Falco (#) in a video I owned once. I think "Princess Lay-er" and "Look Skywa*ker" were in it as well.

      I'm not sure it was an officially-endorsed spinoff.

      (#) A tribute act born too late to remember "Rock Me Amadeus" when it first came out.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Who is Hans Solo?

      "Iger also said the origin of Solo's name will be revealed."

      Mrs. Solo: Let's call him Han.

      Mr. Solo: Ok.

  7. A Non e-mouse Silver badge
    FAIL

    Money, Money, Money

    This is just about making money and nothing to do with expanding the Star Wars story.

    The gullible super-fan will lap it up. Those of us who like a good sci-fi movie will just say "Meh" and move along, wishing they'd stopped over 20 years ago.

    1. wolfetone Silver badge

      Re: Money, Money, Money

      I agree with this.

      My fiancee's 14 year old sister loves Star Wars. This in itself baffles me, as when I was her age no girls at all liked anything sci-fi. Especially in deepest darkest Birmingham. But as a Christmas treat for her I took her to see Rouge One. She enjoyed it, I just sat there wondering what the hell was going on.

      But it's all about the money, and they'll whore Star Wars for as much cash as they can get out of it at the expense of a coherrant story line etc.

      1. 0laf Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Money, Money, Money

        Less of a surprise that a teenage girl should like Rouge One maybe ;-)

        1. Solarflare

          Re: Money, Money, Money

          I would have thought Hot Pink 3 would be more popular with teenagers.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Money, Money, Money

            "I would have thought Hot Pink 3 would be more popular with teenagers."

            That was quite popular with me as a teenager- I had it on VHS until my Mum discovered it and threw it out.

      2. AceRimmer1980
        Gimp

        Re: Rouge One

        A Paris Cabaret story.

        Obi-wan was young, and needed the money.

      3. SkippyBing Silver badge

        Re: Money, Money, Money

        'She enjoyed it, I just sat there wondering what the hell was going on.'

        This may be a sign you're getting old.

        1. Graham Cunningham

          Getting old ...

          And forgetful? Same plot and cast as previously: Baddies have death star, goodies fly in an bomb death star.

          Why change a winning formula?

          1. Graham Dawson

            Re: Getting old ...

            Yeah, old enough to mix up Rogue One with TFA, obviously.

          2. Patrician

            Re: Getting old ...

            That wasn't the plot line for Rogue One .....

    2. Bassey

      Re: Money, Money, Money

      Yes, whereas the originals were a charity project from our generous benefactor Mr Lucas.

      Honestly? I can't think of many statements more ridiculous than "I won't watch X film because they are trying to make money.".

      You really need to stop taking yourself and your Ninja-level Sci-Fi appreciation so seriously.

    3. Marketing Hack Silver badge

      Re: Money, Money, Money

      Star Whores?

    4. phuzz Silver badge
      Alien

      Re: Money, Money, Money

      "This is just about making money and nothing to do with expanding the Star Wars story."

      One word for you: Ewoks.

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Money, Money, Money

      This is just about making money and nothing to do with expanding the Star Wars story.

      Well, duh.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I for one can't wait for Rogue Two.

    1. Marketing Hack Silver badge

      No, the Rogue One remake--Rogue One 2

      1. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

        Rogue 3

        Rogue 95

        Rogue 98

        Rogue ME

        Rogue XP

        Rogue Vista

        Rogue 7

        Rogue 8

        Rogue 10

        1. TRT Silver badge

          Rogue 10

          You'll be forced to watch it whether you want to or not. The first two weeks you walk past the cinema and they try to coax you inside, "no" will mean "no". Then they'll subtly change the way the pavement works so that putting one foot in front of the other will still lead you into the foyer where heading for the door labelled "Exit" will actually lead you into the theatre. You should have faked an asthma attack and been carried out by an ambulance crew.

        2. Horridbloke

          @Aladdin Sane

          Isn't there a risk the directors will go back and ruin the films with service packs?

          Oh...

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Overkill

    I've actually quite enjoyed the last 2. They were both 'remove your brain's handbrake and enjoy the ride to the bottom of the hill' type stuff. However, massive overkill awaits. I'm expecting 'The Ewok Story' about a strong female lead Ewok who has some kind of epiphany. Or 'Admiral Ackbar : Origins' about how he managed to escape the shrimping net to rise to the top of the rebel fleet.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Overkill

      You know Admiral Ackbar had gender issues as a young military academy prodigy (people always greeted him with "It's a Trap!"). These issues need to be examined closely and in sensitive ways.

    2. Kane Silver badge
      Alert

      Re: Overkill

      "I'm expecting 'The Ewok Story' about a strong female lead Ewok who has some kind of epiphany."

      Too late!

      Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure

      Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

  10. TRT Silver badge

    And just to add to the confusion...

    Star Wars: The Next Generation.

    Star Wars: Voyages.

    Star Wars: Death Star Nine.

    And finally

    Falcon.

    1. davidp231

      Re: And just to add to the confusion...

      Later becoming Star Wars: Falcon to get viewer numbers back up, then fail miserably.

    2. VinceH Silver badge

      Re: And just to add to the confusion...

      Surely, those would all be the Star Wars spin off TV series. The films would include titles like "The Search for Ewoks".

    3. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: And just to add to the confusion...

      Star Wars: Flogging a Dead Tauntaun.

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: And just to add to the confusion...

        Star Wars: Milking the Bantha

  11. Ben Bonsall

    The growing pains of Han Solo

  12. Timbo

    SPOILER ALERT

    "The CEO also said that recently-departed actor Carrie Fisher will not be digitally resurrected in The Last Jedi and that the scenes that she shot and the film's plot will remain unaltered."

    So, given that they killed off Han Solo in the last SW film, I would guess that they had already planned and filmed killing off Gen Leia.

    That then leaves the 3rd "new" SW film to bump off Luke and then it completes the entire original SW cast history.

    Just some "spin off" films to add in a bit of back story and maybe some extra content to give us some "treats" on how Tarkin got so high up, how about a training film for Stormtroopers, and film of how to build a Millennium Falcon, though there is already a Haynes manual for how to fix one !!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: SPOILER ALERT

      maybe some extra content to give us some "treats" on how Tarkin got so high up

      If you haven't read it, Tarkin [the novel] is presented as flashbacks, but could make a good movie.

      Maybe they can figure out how to digitally de-age the late Peter Cushing, that would be cool.

    2. Pedigree-Pete Bronze badge
      Happy

      Millennium Falcon

      I have a friend who built one from one of those 2 year monthly subscription mags. Does the Haynes manual show you how to fix the Hyperdrive..might be necessary.

      His next project is to build a half scale R2D2 which actually works. PP

      1. PhilBuk

        Re: Millennium Falcon

        To fix the Millenium Falcon you just use the same technique as the Russian guy in Armageddon - "Empire parts, Rebel parts, all made in Taiwan!"

        Just keep hitting it with a bloody great spanner.

        Phil.

  13. PhilipN Silver badge

    Video games

    I just checked to sustain this comment because otherwise I really really did not want to but the release of Star Wars video games pretty well tracks the release of each movie. Every video game (almost) gets tired after 18-24 months so the need to come out with a new game drags the movie production line by the nose along with it. And of course the production values. It became more blatant with each of the Terminator movies that the graphics and dialogue and a lot else besides were actually designed to cut and paste into the video game.

    Then of course there's the product franchising which is Disney's forte AND new rides at their theme parks. And so it goes on.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Any plans for a holiday special?

  15. steamrunner

    Episode X?

    Hmmm... fifteen more years of Star Wars films?

    I'm calling it for Episode X in 2030, with XI in '32 and XII in '34 rounding off the whole shootin' match.

    You heard it here first.

    1. StealthSky

      Re: Episode X?

      That's sounds like what Disney would do, or they can just make all spinoffs and no episodes saga as well, or maybe every two years would be episode film for 15 years which I hope not.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Time is the wrong dimension to measure

    "“what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories."

    Who cares? Tell us how big they expect the piles of money to be, since that's all it's about at this point. Plot, characters, meh. The only characters that matter are The Benjamins.

    1. Cardinal

      Re: Time is the wrong dimension to measure

      Heard that Disney is considering naming their next Star Trek combo

      "Snow White and the Seven Worfs"

  17. Mr_Pitiful

    Oh No

    More crap films to avoid!

    Why not more Star Trek.... Oh wait!

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: Oh No

      Star Wars has managed 4 decent films. Are you sure Star Trek has even managed that?

  18. fishman

    In a Galaxy Far Far from now...

    They will be making Star Wars movies a century and more from now. Eventually they will make a couple of real stinker (low boxoffice - that's the only quality that matters) movies, and then they will stop for 10-15 years before they do a reboot. Rinse, Repeat.

    Eventually all of these big money franchises will be remade.

  19. Uncle Slacky Silver badge
    Stop

    Referencing the Han Solo books?

    Somehow I doubt Disney will use the existing Han Solo "prequel" novels[1][2] from the late 70s as a basis for this movie...

    [1] http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_Han_Solo_Adventures

    [2] http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_Han_Solo_Trilogy

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