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Disney CEO Not Expecting ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ To Be As Successful As ‘The Force Awakens’
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Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Star Wars universe will be venturing into a new galaxy this year as they will be releasing their first spinoff film. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will center on a group of Rebel fighters attempting to steal the plans to the Death Star. A true prequel that takes place before A New Hope. But the exciting part of the film is that it will focus on those who don’t have Jedi powers and have a ground war feel to it. But troubles behind-the-scenes have put the film in a very awkward position. Partially because Star Wars: The Force Awakens was such a massive hit, there are expectations that Disney should be able to follow up that same success for every new film released. And with the summer-long reshoots that took place and the addition of new creative forces, it seems like Rogue One could fall short of the expectations that The Force Awakens established last year.

And that’s what Disney CEO Bob Iger is not afraid to admit, but he is also remains optimistic that it could do very well based on the reactions to the marketing campaign. Check out what he had to say below.

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Disney In Depth: Examining Tom Staggs’ Unexpected Exit
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This week Disney announced that Tom Staggs, chief operating officer of The Walt Disney Company, would be stepping down from his pivotal role. Disney sees major players change jobs within the organization all the time – sometimes even switching key positions entirely – but this exit is monumental.

Staggs had been viewed as the probable successor to CEO Bob Iger, to retire from the Mouse House’s top spot in 2018. What Staggs’ departure from Disney means for the company requires examination.

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Kevin Feige’s Power Grows As Marvel Assimilates With Disney
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While most would think that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is the top man who reports to Disney CEO Bob Iger, that really isn’t the case. He actually reports to Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter, a reclusive executive who is known for micromanaging the superhero entertainment giant. However, Feige has expressed frustration at the working relationship. So after venting said frustration to Iger and Disney live-action head Alan Horn, the company did some corporate restructuring, which gives Perlmutter less control over Marvel Studios and more to Feige.

More on the story below.

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Disney In Depth: An Awesome Disney News Month
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For years we have awaited 2015, a period that would produce so much awesome entertainment unlike no other. With Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, Pixar’s Inside Out and Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the short-term horizon on the film side, Disneyland’s 60th on the theme park side, and a variety of exciting television/digital projects to debut, Disney continues to demonstrate its power in the media world.

Last week’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders revealed a few upcoming plans, complemented by a slew of headlines that have rocked the industry — and, most of all, rocked in a great way. Needless to say, there is likely no better time to be a Disney fan. At the very least, divisiveness acknowledged on some issues, we can have more substantial and more frequent discussions on Disney’s entertainment dominance and interesting avenues for extending its branding reach.

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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Release Date Set; Rian Johnson Confirmed To Write and Direct
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During their annual meeting of shareholders held today, Disney revealed more details about their upcoming Star Wars projects, including Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Rian Johnson, who was reportedly signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, has been officially confirmed for the position, as well as for screenwriter for the sequel. It is still not known if the director will return for Star Wars: Episode IX, but previous reports have stated that he is attached to it.

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Spider-Man Coming Home To Marvel Cinematic Universe As Sony & Disney Ink Deal
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The moment that every Marvel fan has been waiting for has finally arrived. Sony Pictures and Disney have just inked a deal that will allow Spider-Man (a Sony Pictures property) to play in the Marvel sandbox with fellow heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and more with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ And ‘IX’ Release Years Announced
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Not quite the Marvel Studios spectacle that Disney had planned, but the announcement of the release years for Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX is great news nonetheless. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2013, the plan was to release one Star Wars film a year. The first would be Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens in theaters on December 18 of this year. This would be followed by the Gareth Edwards-directed standalone film, which hits theaters December 16, 2016.

What happens after that is still unclear, as schedules do tend to change in the movie business. But in a recent Disney shareholders report, CEO Bob Iger revealed the release years for the untitled Star Wars Episode VIII and Episode IX, to be directed by Rian Johnson. Hit the jump to mark your calendars.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Millennium Falcon Graces The Cover Of ‘Fortune’
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Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger graces this month’s cover of Fortune magazine, but it’s what was placed behind the mogul in the photo that’s truly noteworthy — the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, what will be Disney’s first Star Wars installment since acquiring Lucasfilm in 2012.

Han Solo’s famed ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs can be seen in flight in the film’s recently released teaser trailer, but the magazine is offering the first close-up look at the newly designed Falcon.

Check out the cover image here below, along with a second image of Iger standing in front of the Millennium Falcon.

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Is J.J. Abrams In A Heated Debate With Disney Over ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Release Date?
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Star Wars films have been known for their May releases; in fact, all six of the films preceding the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII were released in the month of May. But Episode VII will separate itself from the pack by getting a December release. But with May 2015 already jam packed with films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, and May 2016 already headlined by an epic Marvel battle (Captain America 3) vs D.C. (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) battle, Episode VII having a December release makes a lot of sense.

Of course, that was all before Harrison Ford broke his leg, and learned that the recovery could last as long as two to six months. Then the idea of pushing the film to a May release sounded a bit more realistic, because that would allow Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy to flesh out the script and polish it just in time for their desired May release. However, Disney hasn’t said a word about the situation, which implies that they are sticking to the December 2015 release. This debate is reportedly so contested that it may have actually been why Abrams lost the job directing the entire trilogy. Hit the jump to learn more.

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Disney In Depth: ‘The Incredibles 2,’ Anticipating The Sequel!
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Ten years have passed since the release of the Disney•Pixar favorite The Incredibles, and fans have clamored for a second entry in the superhero brand. Finally, and quite surprisingly, Disney CEO Bob Iger casually announced at the Disney 2014 Board of Shareholders meeting that a sequel is indeed in the works.

Little is known about The Incredibles 2 this early in the game, so what should we expect? More importantly, what do we want?

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