Boos and groans greeted news that there was no news.
Fans gathered in the Anaheim Convention Center for Disney’s D23 on Saturday hoping for some sort of tease about the highly anticipated seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise. We were, of course, warned yesterday that there wasn’t going to be any news. But we didn’t expect it to be true.
Alan Horn, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, had the unlucky task of introducing the Disney live-action properties, and even led with “welcoming” Lucasfilm into the Disney family. He talked about his history working with Kathleen Kennedy on A.I. Artificial Intelligence and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, he recounted a tale of speeding down Wilshire in Los Angeles, trying to get to light-speed after seeing A New Hope in 1977, and he joked about the fact that director J.J. Abrams is basically on a first-name only basis in Hollywood these days.
And then, just when we thought we might get something, Horn closed, saying, “Look forward to Episode 7 in the summer of 2015. It’s going to be great. It’ll be great.”
Maybe next year.