Galaxy’s Edge Originally Based On Genuine Star Wars

StarWars

The good ol’ days.

Pirates and Princesses reports:

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Initially Based on Original Trilogy, Imagineer Confirms

Apparently, during the initial planning stages Galaxy’s Edge was set to feature Tatooine and possibly Endor, Hoth or other planets from the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

That is, until Disney CEO Bob Iger saw the dailies for The Force Awakens and decided he wanted Imagineering to switch over to Disney-created the sequel trilogy.

The interview with J. Daniel Jenkins was conducted on the August 13, 2019 episode of the Dreamfinders podcast, and Jenkins seemingly confirms what many fans have felt to be true around the 40 minute mark…

SO THERE WAS THAT EXPECTATION (OF THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY) WHICH YOU KNOW CERTAINLY I WOULD SAY IS PROBABLY EQUAL WITH THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE GUESTS FOR HARRY POTTER.

SO YOU HAVE THOSE EXPECTATIONS, YOU HAVE THE PHYSICAL O LIMITATIONS THAT WE HAD TO DEAL WITH OF GETTING THAT PARK READY FOR SUCK LARGE EXPANSIONS, AS TOY STORY LAND AND STAR WARS. AND THEN ON TOP OF THE STORY LINE, THE ORIGINAL CONCEPTS FOR STAR WARS LAND WAS NOT GOING TO BE BATUU. IT WAS GOING TO BE EITHER ONE OR TWO KNOWN PLANETS WITHIN THE STAR WARS ECOSPHERE IF YOU WILL.

(…) SO THEY HAD BEEN WORKING AND I HAD BEEN WORKING ON STAR WARS LAND AND TOY STORY LAND SIMULTANEOUSLY FOR A YEAR AND BOB IGER BASICALLY SAID HE HAD SEEN SOME OF THE EARLY DAILIES FROM THE SEQUELS AND HE SAID “NO WE’VE GOT TO USE THE THREE NEW MOVIES’ STORY LINE. WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE USING THE OLDER 6 MOVIES. JUST BECAUSE HE SAW HOW GOOD THEY WERE GOING TO BE.

The entire interview is fascinating. Most fans and casual park goers certainly did expect to be transported into the movies they grew up with, like Universal has done with Harry Potter.

Why didn’t they go with well known Star Wars material?

blooloop.com published the following about the Galaxy’s Edge approach to Imagineering in April 2019:

So why not create a theme park land based on a place familiar to fans of the 40-year-old-plus film franchise?

“The answer really is we know those places and we know those stories that happen there and we know that we’re not in them,” said Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive Scott Trowbridge. 

Those two core ideas framed all the decisions made by Lucasfilm and Imagineering throughout the development of Galaxy’s Edge. One: We’re going to a planet we’ve never seen before. Two: You’re the hero of this Star Wars story.

Fandom.com published the following in May 2019:

As Walt Disney Imagineering’s Scott Trowbridge explained, they knew early on that they wanted to build a new location and that the intention was that Galaxy’s Edge was “Not a memory of someone else’s Star Wars story,” but rather a brand new story each guest can directly feel they are a part of, making them “An active participant in the world of Star Wars.”

But their non-familiar approach was predicted to do poorly.

Readers of this blog may remember a fulfilled prediction back in February of 2019,  from Robert Niles of Theme Park Insider who wrote the following:

Why Disney’s Star Wars land won’t be the big hit people expect

Lack of original characters

Generation X grew up on Star Wars. But fans won’t find Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, or Darth Vader when they visit Galaxy’s Edge. Disney has decided to exclude almost all of this franchise’s beloved characters from the land. If fans hated seeing their Han and Luke getting killed off in the new Star Wars movies, at least they got to spend a little time with them on screen in those productions. They will be absent in Galaxy’s Edge, which instead creates new storylines unconnected to the original trilogy that made Star Wars, well, Star Wars.

Galaxy’s Edge might turn out to be the biggest bait and switch in theme park history, as thousands of fans spend huge amounts of money to visit the Star Wars of their youth, only to discover that Disney has created an unrelated land that is, in many ways, “Star Wars” in name only. Imagine the social media backlash when that word gets out.

Unfamiliar world building

Just as Galaxy’s Edge will not feature the most popular Star Wars characters, it will not feature any iconic Star Wars locations, either. No Death Star. No Tatooine. No Coruscant. Instead, Galaxy’s Edge will be set in the Black Spire Outpost on the up-until-now never-heard-of planet of Batuu.

Thanks to Critical Equation for the tip.

Clownfish comments:

11 thoughts on “Galaxy’s Edge Originally Based On Genuine Star Wars

  1. So they started with a George Lucas Land.
    Then they made it a George Lucas Immersive Experience Land.
    Then they made it Immersive Experience Land.
    Then they made it Land.

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  2. Bob Iger also announced the much-anticipated (by no one) TV series of Cassian Andor, no doubt for the same reason, he wants Disney Wars stuff built over the carcass of Lucas’s Star Wars. It’s an ego thing.

    I don’t know if the Obi Wan show is a reality, or just desperate fanboys jacking themselves off over rumors and fantasies. But the completely ridiculous Cassian Andor spinoff is real and official, it came straight out of the stupid mouth of Bob Iger, and yet the fans are only mildly annoyed by this. There wasn’t an outcry so much as ‘meh’ and ‘wha?’ type reactions when it was announced.

    I don’t understand why Bob Iger doesn’t get more ridicule, he’s literally the CEO version of Rian Johnson. This is the man who came out and said he takes the blame for Solo failing, because it was ‘too much too fast’, it was ‘volume and timing.’

    That’s the only ‘mistake’ he admits, volume and timing!

    And also more recently, making a complete fool of himself with his comments about not having to market Galaxy’s Edge (saying he would just have to tweet ‘it’s open’ and all us brainless fans would flock around it like geese). He does admit how stupid he was there, so perhaps he can expand that thought and think about how stupid he’s been for like the last four, five years.

    But I doubt it, he’s legitimately moronic. He said it was ‘too much too fast’ and then said there would be ‘slowdown’, but then countered himself by adding that they’re still going to make more films, and then announces THREE TV series on top of the films! Figure that one out.

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    • The good news is that they won’t have to bother Hasbro with shipping new Cassian Andor action figures, because all of those Black Series figures have been reliable pegwarmers for three years.

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    • Iger doesn’t seem to have the slightest clue what it is that he bought. I think that, in his mind, Star Wars was nothing more than some lucrative franchise that made money no matter what.

      It really has been the perfect storm of franchise destruction: Iger, Kennedy, Abrams/Kasdan and Johnson. How can this much catastrophe come together under one roof?

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      • Bob Iger’s approach to Star Wars is about as adept as Les Moonves of CBS with his well-known detesting of Star Trek. I “get” that these men have zero personal interest in the fandom/story/etc. But they each have this narcissistic King Midas approach: “Anything I touch will turn to gold. You’ll see. I’ll be vindicated and justified in the end.”

        If Iger and Moonves were deluded but truly wanted to make the franchise work, that would be one thing. I’d go see their films, watch their shows, and so forth. The reality, however, is far from this. These are men who’ve either purchased or simply sat on an IP they :personally: have no interest in, a dismissive “no REAL man is interested in that level of fiction” attitude.

        Without Respect, We Reject is our response. Now, with the SEC cracking their knuckles as they take Kuba’s whistle blowing seriously, let’s see how Disney’s Top Dog can continue his balancing act: juggle books while cluelessly spinning plates about what the customer wants. Let’s let him make his greatest blunders without interruption.

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        • “These are men who’ve either purchased or simply sat on an IP they :personally: have no interest in, a dismissive “no REAL man is interested in that level of fiction” attitude.” Fully agreed with you especially on Iger, and not just with his treatment of Star Wars, or heck, even his treatment of Marvel. He also is doing exactly that with Disney itself, aka, the parent company right now. I mean, after he cut Wonderful World of Disney as well as traditional animation, both literally and metaphorically, and is neglecting many of the timeless classical rides in favor of what’s “current”, he’s made it into far more of a soulless corporation than even Eisner did. It says a lot when I say that Eisner had FAR more respect for Walt Disney’s role in the company than Iger EVER did. Probably the only genuinely good thing he’s ever done for Disney since taking over from Eisner is buying back Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

          Let’s hope that at the very least he gets fired.

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    • That’s just the tip of the iceberg, unfortunately, and it doesn’t just stop with Star Wars. I can literally count on my hand what instance he’s actually done good for Disney, and that’s when he bought back the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

      Every other time, he’s basically been a worse CEO than Eisner ever was (and what’s worse is that people are applauding him). He basically removed the animation segment of Walt Disney World and replaced it with Star Wars Launch Bay (which, quite frankly, they should have put that in Space Mountain), killed off traditional animation due to extremely badly-timed releases for Princess and the Frog and Winnie the Pooh, basically adopted Pixar’s form of animation from here on out, played a key role in engineering a media circus against “Path to 9/11” via a manufactured controversy regarding a few seconds of film that effectively pinned some blame on Bill Clinton, and it wasn’t even much compared to George W. Bush, and then after all of that, he basically destroyed any chance at there even being a DVD release, either from Disney directly, or at least by selling the rights, and all because he wanted to make sure Hillary Clinton got elected during the 2008 elections. Oh, and he also managed to double down on the Gay Days thing by actually putting it on the Disney World website, geared towards children, and then having the audacity to lie about it in a live interview, he shut down Wonderful World of Disney, and he has used Disney and its affiliates to push far-left propaganda, and not just Star Wars either (Star vs. the Forces of Evil showed two people of the same sex making out, and don’t get me started on how Bill Condon infamously outed LeFou while the film is still in late production and the mess THAT caused.), even defending far-leftists who act as bully pulpits for their ideology over doing their actual job of commentating on sports from being fired such as Jemele Hill. I also fear that he’s also intimidating people who otherwise would speak out against his treatment of some characters (like Jodi Benson, and she’s very protective of Ariel normally.). That he hasn’t been fired DESPITE the fact that his actions are losing Disney money is baffling to say the very least.

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