The drums accompanying the 20th Century Fox logo are regularly synonymous with a fade to black, and then the trumpet-heavy, jolting appearance of the words STAR WARS in huge letters. Indeed, Rupert Murdoch’s company was involved with the saga for decades, until Disney decided to buy Lucasfilm for the eye-watering amount of $4.05 billion back in 2012.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this was a move that angered Murdoch no end.
“Rupert was crazed that we bought Lucas,” Disney’s CEO Bob Iger told the New York Times recently. “They were the distributor of all of George’s movies, and he was very disappointed in his people. ‘Why didn’t you think of this?'”
Disney went on to shepherd a new bank of Star Wars projects into multiplexes, including two prequel movies and two sequel films, with a trilogy-capper set to arrive this Christmas – Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. They’ve made Disney a whole lot of money, but in the wake of the company’s eventual acquisition of Fox for $71.3 billion, Iger admits that they may have rushed into the Star Wars game too quickly after scooping Lucasfilm out from under Fox’s nose – though he feels this latest merger means that the Star Wars universe has a bright future ahead.
“I just think that we might’ve put a little bit too much in the marketplace too fast,” Iger said. “I think the storytelling capabilities of the company are endless because of the talent we have at the company, and the talent we have at the company is better than it’s ever been, in part because of the influx of people from Fox.”
Disney is also lining up three different Star Wars series for its streaming service, Disney+, which will launch in some countries in November, including a Cassian Andor prequel series, an Obi-Wan Kenobi prequel series, and Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, which takes place after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, seen in the most recent movie trilogy.
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker will be released on Dec. 20.