Expect a “Slowdown” With ‘Star Wars’ Film Releases, Says Bob Iger

Since December 2015, we’ve had four new Star Wars films since Disney bought the rights to Star Wars from George Lucas for 4.1 Billion Dollars back in 2012. The latest film,  Solo: A Star Wars Story under performed at the Box Office, only pulling in $392 million worldwide (while I’m not a multi-billion dollar company, I wouldn’t complain about having that much money), compared to the titanic Box Office total of $2 billion Episode VII: The Force Awakens, though it was the first Star Wars film in a decade, with 3 years of hype and had the original Trio returning to the big screen. No wonder it made $2 Billion at the Box Office when taking those factors into account.

The next two films,  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story released the following year grossed $1.05 billion at the Box Office, with the Episode VIII: The Last Jedi grossing $1.3 billion Box Office last year.

During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the CEO of Disney, Bob Iger spoke on several topics including Disney’s upcoming streaming service, the recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion, the potential future of the X-Men/Deadpool franchises, and of course Star Wars. When discussing Star Wars, Iger in fact blames himself for the rapid influx of adventures set in a galaxy far, far away. That four films in four years may have been too much, too soon. And that there could be longer periods between films, to give audiences and fans a breather.

“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 [EpisodeIX. 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.”

– Bob Iger

As a note, while he does bring up Episode IX and Benioff & Wesis’ Saga, Iger does not mention Jon Favreau’s live action television series or Rian Johnson’s spin off Trilogy by name. But does mention there are decisions to make theses film after J.J.’s It’s just a matter of timing. Though I bet that there will be some Sites and Channels that will be trying to spin a narrative from this, that they, mainly Rian’s (some some Sites and Channels really have it in for the guy) have been cancelled. Until revealed otherwise from either LucasFilm or Disney, they are still going ahead. As Rian did confirm it was still going ahead last month.

At the moment, there’s still shy of fifteen months between now and Star Wars Episode IX. In fact between Solo: A Star Wars Story and Episode IX is roughly around 18 months, the longest gap yet between a Star Wars film since 2005 to 2015. Maybe a 2 year gap between Star Wars films would be a nice gap. Longer than a year, but not as long as having to wait three years like we used to between films in both the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy.

Star Wars isn’t the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so maybes a little bit of breathing room might be welcoming. Speaking of Marvel, if you follow the tagged Hollywood Reporter link, Bob Iger does discuss plans for the future of the MCU.

Connor Heggie