‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ & ‘Indiana Jones 5′ Development Updates

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star wars episode 7 image Star Wars: Episode VII & Indiana Jones 5 Development Updates

It’s been over a year since The Walt Disney Company hit sci-fi fans with the double-whammy of announcements that the company had purchased Lucasfilm and was planning a brand new Star Wars trilogy. We’ve (more or less) finished reeling by now and Star Wars fans have been patiently waiting for more official news amidst a storm of casting rumors and story speculation.

Now an update from Disney Chairman Alan Horn has offered an explanation as to why no names have been named aside from director J.J. Abrams, who is rewriting Michael Arndt’s (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) original script draft along with Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back). Horn also gave an update (of sorts) on the Indiana Jones franchise and how soon fans might see Indiana Jones 5.

Horn was speaking at Variety‘s Dealmakers Breakfast today, and Variety editor Marc Graser shared a few tidbits that were dropped regarding the development stages of the two Lucasfilm franchises. Unsurprisingly, the Star Wars franchise is priority number one with Disney expecting at least one new Star Wars film every year, including spin-offs.

The Star Wars movies got a lot more expensive to produce between the original trilogy and the most recent sequels, and while no budget for Star Wars: Episode VII has yet been fixed, Horn said that he wouldn’t be surprised if it cost $200 million. That’s a big step up from the humble $11 million sci-fi movie that George Lucas directed in 1977, but a bigger budget won’t guarantee a better film.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull cast photo Star Wars: Episode VII & Indiana Jones 5 Development Updates

As for Indiana Jones 5, we wouldn’t advise Indy fans to start holding their breath for the next movie. Horn said flatly that aside from assuming full control of the franchise, “We haven’t done anything… We don’t have a story. We need a story.” He hazarded a guess that it would be at least two or three years before a fifth Indiana Jones film comes out, but considering how fully engaged Lucasfilm is with the Star Wars universe, we estimate it will probably be longer than that.

Finally, for those who might have been concerned that Marvel Studios’ place under the Disney wing might be impacting upon the creative freedoms of the various writers, producers and directors involved with building the Marvel universe, Horn made it plain that the profitability of Marvel’s films has spared them from any kind of overhead interference. When asked what his plans for Marvel are, he joked, “I plan to bring them coffee.”


Star Wars: Episode VII is out in theaters on December 18th, 2015.

Source: Marc Graser, Variety

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  1. Development Upadates = No interesting updates at all, but we’re bored.

    • Whhat he said.

      • Sans the extra “h.”

        • Whhat he said.

  2. “… a bigger budget won’t guarantee a better film.”

    *Picture of Indy 4*

    I laughed.

  3. Marvel better never drop the ball.
    Else the Mouse House will take over.

  4. You said it DragonArcher23, if the profit ever dip, it wont be fun for anybody.. Side note anybody feel like marvel movies are just kinda turning into really big budget episodes? Like tv of sorts.. Just extremely drawn out? I mean avengers is the feature and everything else just moves the story towards it at a litteral snails pace. Idk it’s a wierd feeling.

  5. Let us just HOPE that Harrison Ford has “several years” to wait for them to finally decide to make another Indiana Jones….

    Star Wars Episode VIII: Weekend at Solo’s

  6. Agreed^^ slow, steady ride.. To the big finish. Then repeat.

    Also.. No one Indy films, please

  7. I meant to say “no more Indy films, please.”

  8. I don’t know, the whole Indy thing could be a ploy by Disney: the longer they stall an Indy movie will mean Harrison Ford will lose interest, and therefore Disney will not have to pay him as much, and instead turn toward another CHEAPER actor. Disney plays this type of game with the directors of Marvel films. They didn’t want to pay Kenneth Branagh to direct Thor 2, so Branagh walked, and Disney claimed “creative differences.”

  9. First of all, there were no development updates in this article. Secondly, the Star Wars log chosen for this article as absolutely horrible.

  10. Oops, I meant Star Wars LOGO. Although I would call it a log of sorts, lol.

  11. There’s a rumor floating around that they are talking with Ahmed Best about reprising the role of Jar Jar Binks.

  12. It’s no rumor dude. JJ Abrahms was on good morning America and he confirmed it. JarJar will be in episode 7.

  13. Whoever is playing Luke and Leia’s kids will determine everything.
    Please, no more clones.
    (use keywords= “star wars episode 7 original plot luke’s hand bespin” read that, then read the released synopsis.)
    Dark Horse Comics has several movie worthy books.
    Bragging rights and leaving a mark is one thing, telling a good story that is worth viewing again and again, without the special effects to do it, is what all of the fans deserve.
    Not Clones, geriatric and/or robotic Jedi/Sith, British accents (ad nauseum) Ewoks, Hutt(s), Fett(s), pretentious character(s) development and Star Destroyers.