Disney’s beloved animation studio may be making a Star Wars film of its own.
Since Disney acquired the rights to the Star Wars universe in 2012, the House of Mouse has had big plans for Luke Skywalker and his buddies. On top of a new live-action movie trilogy and new video games, there may be an animated film in the works courtesy of CGI animation studio Pixar. According to Latino Review, not only are the makers of Toy Story and WALL-E creating their own take on the Star Wars universe, it’s only part of Disney’s plan to expand the franchise, which also includes TV shows and Marvel comics tie-ins.
The report comes from Latino Review’s source at Marvel, who previously helped the site break the news that Guardians of the Galaxy was in development. While unconfirmed, the rumor isn’t completely outrageous; Disney is preparing to shoot Star Wars: Episode VII now, and comics publisher Dark Horse recently announced that the comics license for Star Wars would be moving to the Disney-owned Marvel after more than 20 years. Meanwhile, EA is working on some Star Wars games after making a publishing agreement with Disney, most notably the long-awaited Battlefront III.
Pixar has a long track record of critically acclaimed, commercially successful films, so this could be good news for Star Wars fans, if it turns out to be true. Still, as a lifelong devotee of Star Wars and Disney, it’s hard not to be wary of the risk of oversaturation. It’s possible that I’m still feeling the sting of some of Disney’s more negative actions since purchasing LucasFilm, like shutting down LucasArts and killing Star Wars 1313.