Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Too much 'Star Wars'? Disney CEO says will slow down releases

Too much 'Star Wars'? Disney CEO says will slow down releases

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter in a wide-ranging interview - covering everything from Disney's upcoming streaming service to what the acquisition of Fox means for Marvel's movieverse going forward - Iger said that the current rate of one Star Wars movie a year is a bit too much for a franchise that had laid dormant at the box office for nearly a decade before 2015's The Force Awakens.

Ever since Solo's "disappointing" box office return (only for a studio accustomed to billion dollar returns is almost $400 million in global ticket sales disappointing), there have been reports Disney was reassessing its plans for more Star Wars movies.

"I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made - I take the blame - was a little too much, too fast, "Iger explained to THR".

However, Iger's comments appear to back up the supposition that Disney and Lucasfilm will be concentrating on the main episodes, and he confirmed that JJ Abrams "is busy making [Episode] IX". Iger responded to the statement by saying, "We have to be careful we don't let people drink and then go on Autopia. And the buck stops here on that", Iger told The Hollywood Reporter. Considering that the three Star Wars movies preceding it, including the first standalone movie, Rogue One, made more than a billion dollars each at the box office, Solo's earnings are strikingly unimpressive.

Star Wars fans learned today that their beloved galaxy is going to star far, far away for a little while longer. The fact that "Solo: A Star Wars Story" followed so closely after "The Last Jedi" was ill-advised at best. He also reveals that, despite the reshoots, the influence of Lord and Miller was greater than many fans might expect, with several key moments remaining from their time on the movie.

The performance of "Solo" was a clear warning to Disney about the potential for "franchise fatigue".

Nevertheless going forward Iger wants to slow everything down a touch. And don't forget the project from "Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss or the series from Jon Favreau.

Though it's refreshing to hear Iger admit that Disney dropped the ball when crafting plans for the Star Wars franchise, will that concession and the promise of a "slowdown" be enough to give the film series new energy and strength?

But he added: "The franchise may be beginning to show its age, but "slowdown" or no slowdown, I expect to see lots more attempts to squeeze it for all it's worth". And Lucasfilm animation guru Dave Filoni is releasing the anime-inspired Star Wars: Resistance series on The Disney Channel on October 7.

Could this mean that Disney is going to take more of an "event film" approach when it comes to Star Wars, putting wider gaps between installments?

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