Disney CEO Bob Iger said at the Variety Dealmakers Breakfast on Wednesday that he put the company's Star Wars theme park plans on hold until his Imagineers could work with material from The Force Awakens.
"I didn't want someone to say, 'I just saw the movie and there's nothing in that movie in this [attraction]," Iger told Variety co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller. "We waited to see what this film would have in it."
"We couldn't tell [the Imagineers] what was new," Iger said, referring to the time period while the movie was coming together. "I slowed [development] all down so what we come forward with will have a blend of the past, present and maybe the future."
Iger said the company has "a sense of what's in Star Wars 8, and what some of the standalone films will have in them."
Iger also promised that "a much larger Star Wars presence in our parks globally," adding, "We bought the thing. We can do that now."
The Variety report contains a few other interesting tidbits, including this, on the massively popular teaser:
Disney nearly didn't release a trailer, Iger admitted. [Director J.J.] Abrams is known for wanting to keep footage of his films under wraps. But the rabid Star Wars fanbase prompted Disney to come up with the brief introduction of what the new film would look like.
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