THR Talks to Disney CEO Bob Iger about Lucasfilm, Rogue One Reshoots, and plans for Indiana Jones

Bob Iger

THR has a very interesting interview up today with Disney CEO Bob Iger. The full interview features a very candid Iger discussing everything from competition with Comcast and Wanda to his political aspirations after he steps down as CEO in 2018. But there are also some illuminating comments on Lucasfilm and its properties as well.



Iger on the notion that people like Kathleen Kennedy, Kevin Feige, John Lasseter, and Ed Catmull operate as Studio Outsiders…

I would turn that around. The essence of what they do is they are extreme insiders at how they manage, how they care for, where their passions lie for their own storytelling, their own brands and the meaning of Star Wars and Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, Disney Animation. No one knows and has more passion about those stories and storytelling and those brands than they do. And that contributes greatly to their successes. What I’ve really tried to do is to not disrupt that.


Iger also commented briefly on whether Star Wears fans should be concerned about the Rogue One reshoots.

I’ve seen Rogue One. I’ve seen not only an edited picture but I’ve seen significantly more footage than was even in that picture. That’s actually going to be a fine film.



After the brief discussion of Star Wars, THR and Iger had this very illuminating exchange on what we can expect from the Indian Jones franchise going forward.

THR: You have another Lucasfilm property, Indiana Jones, and Steven Spielberg has agreed to make a fifth film. Will there be an Indiana Jones universe, eventually, like Star Wars?

Iger: Not like Star Wars, no. But we hope … right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort.


THR: Reboot? You’ve got Harrison Ford for this movie, and then the presumption is there will be a younger …

Iger: Well, we’ll bring him back, then we have to figure out what comes next. That’s what I mean. It’s not really a reboot, it’s a boot — a reboot. I don’t know.


THR: THR has been using the term “requel” for these sequels that reboot the franchise.

Iger: Requel. (Laughs.) We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film. But then what’s the direction? I’ve had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don’t want to get into it.


THR: But you do see making more films?

Iger: Yes, I do. I don’t think it reaches the scale of the universe of Star Wars, but I see making more. It won’t be just a one-off.


So, although Iger is playing a bit coy, it seems we can expect the Indiana Jones franchise to continue on without Harrison Ford after the 5th film. Whether it is a reboot or “requel” will remain to be seen.


Head over to THR for the full piece where Iger discusses his plans to move ESPN into the future, flame wars with Bernie Sanders, and his contentious early morning phone calls with Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter.


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27 thoughts on “THR Talks to Disney CEO Bob Iger about Lucasfilm, Rogue One Reshoots, and plans for Indiana Jones

  • June 22, 2016 at 6:50 pm


  • June 22, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Iger for President 2020!

    • June 22, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      hail our reptilian overlord

      • June 22, 2016 at 8:44 pm

        Shut up!

  • June 22, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Ford can play that old man Jones from Young Indy -reminiscing about that time in 1939 when he discovered the lost city of Atlantis – in which we see a new actor playing the role. Best way to make this thing not completely suck.

    • June 22, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      The best way to make it not suck would actually be for Disney to prove they aren’t completely creatively bankrupt and to start developing a new character. But that would be silly.

    • June 22, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Old indy with his rocking chair opening and closing the movie whith the new guy in the middle. Yuck! Indy 5 will suck no matter why. It’s entirely the fault of Spielberg, he turned down Lucas for decades and only accepted when Ford became senile. It was ridiculous in 2008, now I can’t even imagine.

    • June 22, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      That may actually work. Did ok for introducing a new Bilbo for The Hobbit. Not saying the films were great, but Freeman did a good job as Bilbo.

  • June 22, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Just sayin’ is all.

  • June 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    “Iger: Not like Star Wars, no. But we hope … right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort.”
    Sigh. So, Frank Marshall be damned, Speilberg be damned, this is a thing we’re going to have to somehow choke down.

  • June 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Look at his eyes! This guy gives me the creeps, this is a man who sold his soul to the devil.

    • June 22, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Don’t you have anything better to do other than complain in every single post?

      • June 22, 2016 at 8:56 pm

        Don’t you have anything better to do than be personally butt-hurt any time someone holds an different opinion than you? PS is an angry, angry guy, but you feed into it by acting like a tantrumy child every time he posts something.

        • June 22, 2016 at 9:04 pm

          The problem is that’s the only thing he ever does on the website, complain and nothing but more complaining! Do you realize is it a pain to keep with a guy who can’t change his tone of the comments he posts regardless of the subjects, he goes way too much and many people are getting sick of him, it’s not just me, but others are also fed with him. Do you know how it feels to have a monotonous comment in every post?

          • June 22, 2016 at 11:37 pm

            Debbie Downers. Gotta love em.

          • June 22, 2016 at 11:45 pm

            ” Do you know how it feels to have a monotonous comment in every post?”
            Reading your near-verbatim responses to him over and over again? Yeah, kinda. So BLOCK him if it bothers you that much. You HAVE options, if you don’t exercise them, I can only assume you ENJOY constantly complaining about him as much as he evidently enjoys constantly complaining about the state of SW. You two should just get a room already.

          • June 23, 2016 at 6:37 am

            Yeah, I hate blocking people, but I had to do it for Platinumstar and that was my decision. Just like it’s his decision to post overly negative crap on these comment boards.

            Normally, I think it’s fine if people express an opinion I might not agree with but at least I’m fairly open to the idea of what that opinion entails.

            Platinumstar doesn’t just state an opinion, he operates on the level that if he dislikes something then everyone else should too. If they don’t then I’m going to keep posting about that dislike until he bugs the crap out of everyome and they either join me or block me.

            He can do what he wants but his behavior has consequences until everyone blocks him and he’s only posting to himself. You don’t go onto a Star Wars fan site and then post about how you hate Star Wars so much and it would be better if everyone involved wasn’t involved. Lol

  • June 23, 2016 at 1:54 am

    I’m no fan of Eisner but at least the guy had some original ideas early in his career and it wasn’t built upon buying every IP in sight.

    • June 23, 2016 at 2:58 am

      Yeah but Eisner, always made everything on the cheap end look at Disney California Adventure or Disneyland Paris when it launched . And he also didn’t care for Roy E Disney. That and letting the Disney Channel be what it is today and bought the muppets and did NOTHING with them after the buyout.

      • June 23, 2016 at 4:50 am

        Yes, look at the Disney channel today.


      • June 23, 2016 at 2:33 pm

        Yeah, Slagging off Roy was probably the dumbest thing he did but asidefrom two films and a TV Show not much has been done with The Muppets since. I’m still waiting on season 4 and 5 of the 1977-1981 show some ten yeas after they promised them.

  • June 23, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Sick of the word “reboot.” What was wrong with the term “remake?”

    • June 23, 2016 at 4:49 am

      I’m just sick of remakes, period.

    • June 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Reboot = reimagining ala everything Tim Burton touches

      Remake = remaking the film with a new cast like Gus Van Sant’s Psycho

      Both never work unless the original was shit to begin with or so obscure that no one saw i,

  • June 23, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I thought this was SWNN??? Old Indy…searching for treasure in the hospice care facility???? As much as I love the Indy movies, he’s just too old at this point.

  • June 23, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I kinda like the word requal for what they’d have to do with Indiana Jones. They could keep all the history and just go back and fill in gaps of time since the Indiana Jones series takes place over a large amount of time and they weren’t released in order either (Temple of Doom takes place before Raiders for those that don’t know). So for them to go back, keeping all the history, and doing movies back in the Nazi era with a new actor would be fine, as long as people can get past it not being Harrison. I wouldn’t have minded movies about Indy’s son if they hadn’t chose Shia Labeouf as his son…

    • June 24, 2016 at 9:08 am

      I agree. We don’t need prequels and crap. A sequel with him in his later years like during the 80s would be cool. A CIA plot to cover up some kind of illuminati or something

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