Over the last 30 years, there have been few, if any films which have had the cinematic impact as the Star Wars saga. I remember watching Return of the Jedi as a six year old boy, unable to take my eyes off of the television set for more than a few seconds. Since then, although I wouldn’t say that I’m a Star Wars fanatic, I thoroughly enjoy each of the six films, the last being 2005’s Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Since the last film was released, a lot has happened around the Star Wars brand. Namely, Lucasfilms sold the rights to the saga to Disney for a staggering $4.05 billion, and Disney shortly thereafter announced plans for three new films.
The first of those new films will be ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ which is directed by J.J. Abrams and will debut in theaters on December 18th. For Disney, they must understand the importance of making past episodes from the saga available, as the series spans a 28 year period, meaning that many of today’s fans weren’t even born when the original Star Wars film debut in 1977. While you would think that Disney would have already reached an agreement to distribute the older Star Wars films on a streaming service like Netflix, up until today things seemed a bit bleak.
That’s until a glitch on the Netflix website revealed some interesting clues pointing to a possible release of multiple episodes from the saga. Fans of the films found that there were several landing pages on the Netflix website dedicated to five of the past six films, including all but Episode IV, which Fox still possess perpetual distribution rights for. Considering that Disney has recently cozied up to Netflix for the release of multiple other films and shows, it would make sense for them to launch the films from the saga on the streaming service before Episode VII debuts in about three months.
Decider.com reached out to Netflix to get a statement and Netflix replied with the following:
“The pages users are taking screen grabs of are from our DVD catalog and aren’t new. We don’t have any news on the streaming front.”
It is interesting to note that other films from LucasFilms also now appear to have landing pages on Netflix, possibly indicating a major tie-up with Disney. Regardless of what Netflix representatives may be telling the media regarding these landing pages, clues do seem to point to a Netflix Star Wars extravaganza coming soon.
We will all have to wait and see if this is a false alarm or an awesome way for Disney to get fans excited prior to the debut of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ What are your thoughts?