With the help of the latest film in the iconic sci-fi franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Disney’s Star Wars films have eclipsed $4 billion in worldwide ticket sales, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The boats are coming for Disney’s movies, ready to evacuate them from Netflix’s disputed shore. The studio’s deal with the streaming service expires next year; in 2019 everything that smells even faintly of mouse will move to a new redoubt. Disney and Pixar movies will supply the pipeline for a new Disney-owned streaming platform, a company rep said during an earnings announcement. (CEO Bob Iger also said he wasn’t sure if the Star Wars and Marvel movies would be on the same new service or somewhere else entirely.)
Lucasfilm’s plans to bring the galaxy far, far away to live action TV havewaxed and waned over the years—Lucas himself famously had the long-in-gestation Star Wars Underworld, but after the Disney acquisition, hopes of it coming to TV were quashed pretty rapidly. This is Star Wars, though: now there’s a new hope.
A long, winding drive through Lucas Valley leads to the wooden gates of Skywalker Ranch. Inside George Lucas’ exclusive estate, well-manicured gardens blend in with the sweeping wilderness of California’s Marin County. Past an empty baseball field and multiple rows of grapevines is a red-bricked “technical building” that houses Skywalker Sound, a state-of-the-art studio where Hollywood’s most iconic soundtracks have been created.