There are very few facts that we know about the new Star Wars movies. With Disney now owning Lucasfilm one thing is certain: for the first time since 1977, a Star Wars movie will open without the 20th Century Fox logo and fanfare. Will they come up with something new and memorable...
I doubt there are any Star Wars fans out there who doesn't associate the 20th Century Fox logo and fanfare with Lucas' saga. Unfortunately after Disney bought Lucasfilm, Fox lost the distribution rights and surely we won't see their logo in front of the new movies.
The 20th Century Fox Fanfare was composed in 1933 by Alfred Newman, longtime head of Fox's music department. In 1954, an extended version was created for CinemaScope films, and debuted on the film The Robe.
In the middle to late 1970s, the 20th Century Fox logo had all but been phased out. However, Lucas enjoyed the logo and Alfred Newman music so much that he insisted it be used for his Star Wars films. The fanfare and logo have, since then, enjoyed a rebirth in usage.
When John Williams signed onto the Star Wars project, one of his first moves was to compose the Main Title to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in the same key as the 20th Century Fox Fanfare. He has said before that it was truly meant as another extension of the fanfare, and it has since then been adopted by Star Wars film score buffs as part and parcel of the scores to Star Wars.
Will Disney and Lucasfilm try and come up with something memorable as an opening for the new movies again scored by John Williams? It would be a fantastic move and I really hope they'll do that. Let's see what possibilities we have for a new opening.
The three companies involved with Episode 7 are Lucasfilm and Bad Robot as production companies and Disney as a distribution company.
So can we expect Disney to make a Star Wars themed logo as they did with Tron: Legacy and John Carter? By the way they did pretty good job with them:
Well the answer is - no. Disney used custom logo only for movies the company is producing. Tron: Legacy and John Carter are produced by Disney. Movies that are only distributed by Disney don't get the company's logo. That was the case with Avengers and the Marvel movies and that probably will be the case with the Star Wars movies too.
So probably we'll be getting only the Lucasfilm and Bad Robot logos before the Episode 7 title sequence. And you may be certain that the title sequence won't be changed. They wouldn't dare.
Bad Robot is producing plenty of different movies and I doubt they'll do a different logo animation just for Star Wars. They didn't do it for Star Trek too.
On the other hand now Lucasfilm has a different owner and I won't be surprised if they do change their logo appearance (similar to what happened to Marvel).
So hopefully we would get a new Lucasfilm logo scored by John Williams that will define the new era of Star Wars movies.
Until then here's something we'll never forget:
Or.... They can always use this :)