COMMENT | After acquiring the 'Star Wars' franchise, it looks as though Disney might just give the galaxy far, far away the Pixar treatment…
That's right folks - It's been a little over a year since Disney acquired the 'Star Wars' saga. And while they've already been relentless in their management of the franchise - getting rid of LucasArts and cancelling 'The Clone Wars' - it looks as though the biggest change could be yet to come. Apparently keen to expand 'Star Wars' across various platforms, the latest rumours suggest that Disney has given Pixar their very own 'Star Wars' movie.
According to the Latino Review, this is just the latest in Disney's grand plan to expand the 'Star Wars' franchise, merging two highly-popular brands in an attempt to capitalise on both their successes.
"It was only a matter of time before Disney's golden child animation acquisition was brought into the company franchise game," they explain. "There comes an opportunity to mix two potentially profitable brands together and see if the success can exponentially multiply. Or that must be the thinking at Disney, because we've heard that Pixar has been given their own 'Star Wars' movie."
"Once the canon-purge is over and 'Episode VII' is in production, there will be a whole universe of Star Wars related content to play in. We've heard about TV shows, new comics tie-ins (Marvel, of course), spin-off movies for particular characters and now, a Pixar film."
It certainly makes sense that this project (if it exists at all) won't begin until Lucasfilm have pinned down the existing 'Star Wars' canon. And with Pixar's usually rather long turnaround, it's likely that we won't see a finished product for quite some time. Add in the studio's already busy slate and it looks as though a Pixar 'Star Wars' movie could be a long way off.
But what if it's actually an animated short?
A much more likely contender, it could be an interesting way of introducing Pixar into the galaxy far, far away… and might even creep into cinemas as a pre-show special along with 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.
Of course, this wouldn't be the first time the 'Star Wars' universe has dabbled in animation. But with Lucasfilm producing a number of hit animated TV shows such as 'The Clone Wars' and the upcoming 'Star Wars Rebels' you have to wonder how Pixar will bring anything new to the table.
Obviously, they have a big track record when it comes to their own movies - having produced a number of award-winning films. But would giving them a 'Star Wars' movie really be such a good idea? Or will it stifle the creativity of a studio that thrives on its own original creations?
For now, we'll just have to wait and see. But I have a bad feeling about this.
Will Pixar really get its own 'Star Wars' movie? Can they really cram another film into their busy schedule? Let us know what you think in the comments below…
Ryan Leston is a sci-fi geek from Cardiff who loves all things Star Wars. His favourite Star Wars film is The Empire Strikes Back and he still wants to be Han Solo when he grows up. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.
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