Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn told theater owners Wednesday that the company is focused on developing a slate packed with "Star Wars," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and animated adventures.
Horn said that going forward, Disney will premiere between 14 to 15 films a year. Eight of these films will be big-budget event films like the forthcoming sequels to "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Finding Nemo." ...
Interestingly, the founder of Diz Co. had a distaste for repetition.
I don't like to make sequels to my pictures; I like a new concept ...
-- W. Disney
Of course, Walt did produce sequels in his time, but you get the idea.
Walt's thinking is so 1960s, you want to scream. Sequels, prequels and spin-offs are what the smart Hollywood exec does in the 21st century. It's all about "building the brand." And if you're smart, you have a shitload of brands.
Besides, what teenager doesn't want three or four more sequels to Star Wars?