Why Is Disney Hiding Star Wars?
Am I the only one who senses a disturbance in The Force?
Twice now in a four-week span, Walt Disney Studios has had opportunities to ease the minds of Star Wars fans around the globe by revealing even the slightest inkling of information regarding J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII: The As-Yet-Unnamed Sequel. And twice, the studio opted to remain silent.
Most believed that when Disney left Star Wars out of Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, it was because they wanted to make the biggest splash at its own fan event: The D23 Expo in Anaheim. But as Eric live-blogged, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn revealed basically what we already knew heading into the weekend. Abrams is directing. John Williams will score the sequel. And it will open in 2015 (though your guess is as good as mine as to when that summer we’re destined to see Episode VII, and Horn wasn’t spilling the beans on a release date, either).
Why the veil of secrecy? Why waste a golden opportunity at D23 to send tidal waves of glee through the Star Wars fan community by giving them something -- anything -- over the weekend? A title. A release date. Confirmation that original stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford are on board. ANYTHING would have been better than the soulless void of nothingness that was provided. Because in this case, a lack of answers only raises more questions. And the theories we’re coming up with don’t sound great.
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