Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. When Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise back in 2012, the studio planned on expanding the cinematic universe by releasing one film a year. This went beyond the Skywalker saga and was to include spinoffs. However, after the fallout from Solo: A Star Wars Story, it seems like the studio will be hitting the brakes on production. The film was one of the lowest grossing Star Wars films to date, and because of that, the rumor that Lucasfilm would put more spinoffs on hold started to surface. However, Lucasfilm would dismiss those rumors. And now, it looks like there may be some truth to those rumors.
In a new interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, he says that the future of Star Wars productions will be seeing a slowdown. He confirms that they took on too much too fast and blames himself for the aggressive output. More on the story below.
Iger spoke to THR about expecting some decisions after J.J. Abrams‘ Episode IX. Here’s the quote:
“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. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not gonna make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making ‘[Episode] IX.’ We have creative entities, including [‘Game of Thrones‘ creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven’t been specific about. And we are just at the point where we’re gonna start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s. But I think we’re gonna be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.”
Iger is certainly being upfront about the whole situation. Taking full responsibility for giving out too much is very relieving. However, these changes could have an effect on future Star Wars film franchises, including the one from Game of Thrones creators Benioff and Weiss, and a new trilogy from Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. But Iger assures us that they will not stop making films entirely. This is just a re-adjustment phase.
And it’s not as though we won’t get any Star Wars in the new future. There will be new series on Disney Play, plus a new animated series on the Disney Channel. So we will have our fill of Star Wars, just not in a theatrical format.
That being said, it looks like Disney’s approach to Lucasfilm will mirror Walter Hamada’s approach to DC films. The studio will now be focusing on which titles sound more promising. As aforementioned, the plan was to release one Star Wars film a year, with a spinoff being released in between saga films. However, now that Disney is re-evaluating their plans, it’s unclear what the future is for the franchise, especially since the Skywalker saga will come to a close with Episode IX.