Disney Might Slow Down Further Star Wars Films
When the Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, they really went to work. Since the launch of The Force Awakens in 2015, moviegoers have been blasted with a rapid series of new films that culminated in the disappointing release of Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2017. It was too many Star Wars movies. Solo was released just five months after The Last Jedi and fell short of Disney’s (overblown) sales expectations. Star Wars was, basically, competing with itself for audience attention. Now, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger seems to agree. Iger has indicated that they might slow down their release schedule moving forward.
Disney seems concerned that Solo was the canary in the spice mines of Kessel. Solo’s sagging numbers immediately put further standalone anthology films on hold and prompted a reevaluation of the studio’s aggressive development plans. Iger confirmed that the current rate of one Star Wars movie might be too much in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
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 [Star Wars Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [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.
What that means for Disney’s remaining roster of Star Wars films is, for now, unclear. After the release of Episode IX, we might not see another entry in the galactic saga for a few years—and who knows which film in development will make the final cut.
That said, Disney is eager to capitalize on every element of the Star Wars Universe. Fans can still head to the Galaxy’s Edge theme parks under construction at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and Disney World in Orlando. Disney also has plans for a $100-million Star Wars television series and further animated programming on their upcoming streaming service. There will be no shortage of Star Wars to whet audience appetites for the prophesied return to the big screen.