#bob iger

Papa Vinyard:

J.J. Abrams may be keeping his cards as close to his chest as humanly possible, but that didn’t stop Disney chairman Bob Iger from letting some basic details slip to investors. At the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Iger revealed some basic info about a few of their projects, including EPISODE VII. Aside from mentioning that it “really looks amazing,” he officially revealed that the film will take place 30 years after RETURN OF THE JEDI (which puts it at approximately 34 ABY in the SW timeline). He also mentioned we’ll be seeing some “familiar faces,” all but confirming that the vets of this franchise, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Calrissian, and a certain former carpenter, will be making their triumphant returns in the new installment.

Given that it will have been about 32 1/2 years after the release of JEDI when EPISODE VII finally comes out, it’s not any massive revelation that the SW timeline will just about follow suit accordingly. Plus, any sequel of any sort pretty much assumes you’ll be seeing at least some “familiar faces.” Still, it’s safe to assume that Iger, while not “really in the process,” has total access to any and all SW info he wants, so these tidbits feel like more than uninformed misinformation for the public (like, say, J.J. ASSURING us that Khan wasn’t the INTO DARKNESS villain).

But how old will Jar Jar Binks be?

I think he’s done so with a deft hand, a strong sense of himself. With that comes a real self-honesty that he is who he is, and not what the world expects him to be, or what Steve was. And I like that.

Bob Iger on Tim Cook, after noting he had been given “a very, very difficult role given the person that he’s succeeded and the company he’s running.”

Iger, who is on Apple’s Board, was also once a “number two” who ascended to the top position at Disney.

Germain Lussier for /Film:

The studio that helped pioneer 2D, hand drawn, theatrical animation is currently at a crossroads with the process. At Wednesday’s Walt Disney Company shareholder’s meeting, CEO Bob Iger revealed none of Disney’s animation companies, which includes Disney Animation, Pixar and Disney Toons, are currently developing, or have plans to develop, any 2D, hand drawn animation for the big screen. He’s not ruling it out, but the current slate  - which probably stretches 3-4 years – has none of it.

The end of an era. Just imagine if Disney had not bought Pixar — and that would not have happened if Michael Eisner remained as CEO instead of getting replace by Bob Iger. Disney could have been in a lot of trouble right now…

Sometimes acquisitions don’t work. Sometimes they’re the only thing that works.