Disney wants to keep the Star Wars news a big secret, which is no surprise coming from a movie directed by J.J. Abrams. However, too many people have already opened their mouths, and now Disney just looks silly denying it.
It was a couple of months back that George Lucas said he met with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher about the new movies. Then it was reported than Harrison Ford was all but signed. Then Carrie Fisher said she was returning.
Disney struck quick in every instance and tried spin control. They want to announce things their own way. Ford wasn’t signed and Fisher was “just joking.” Well, now George Lucas said something.
“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison — or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on,'” – George Lucas
Next, Lucas said he might not have been supposed to say that. Then he said they were just negotiating with them. Then he said he won’t reveal whether the negotiations were successful or not.
Look, it is clear that Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia are coming back for Star Wars: Episode VII. Latino Review even claims that Han Solo will play a “significant” role in the movie, which means he won’t get killed in the opening sequence. All the fans want is to know that their favorite characters are finally coming back. If Disney is waiting for a big party to announce it, they might be disappointed since the cat is out of the bag.
The only thing that could make the lies from Disney soothe fans is if the trio of stars suddenly shows up at Comic-Con, which I suspect might have been the plan before everyone and their dog started spoiling the surprise.
Source: Bloomberg Businessweek