The yearly Star Wars movie schedule is no more.
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iget accepted responsibility for the company’s rather ambitious plan to make Star Wars a yearly event. “I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast,” he said.
Prior to Disney’s 2013 acquisition of Lucasfilm, Star Wars films were released two-to-three years apart with very long pauses between the Original and Prequel Trilogies. Once the new ownership announced plans for Episode VII, they were quick to announce a planned Star Wars anthology series to showcase directors like Gareth Edwards, Josh Trank and the 21 Jump Street duo of Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. Trank’s project dissolved shortly after his involvement was announced, with Jenkins and the Miller & Lord films undergoing extensive rewrites and reshoots to conform to the Star Wars tone. In the case of the latter film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, the directors were fired and replaced with dependable Ron Howard.
The latter film is also barring the blame for the change in the plan. Released just six months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the muted box office performance suggested the audience was not ready for so much Star Wars. Also, the film’s quality left many cold.
In light of this, Iger said, “You can expect some slowdown” in the frequency of Star Wars films. The next project, Episode IX, will not be released until December of 2019 and what comes after that depends on a number of factors. Both The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are developing film series set in the Star Wars galaxy. But it is now unlikely each series will see the yearly release pattern of the early Disney Star Wars efforts. Other concepts planned for the Star Wars Story series, like films focused on Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi, are presumably cancelled.
Which is just as well. Star Wars films needs to look forward while letting comics, television and animation tells stories of earlier eras.
- Check Out Victor Santos’ Gutsy New Webcomic
- Adam Weighs Up The Cost Of Compromise In Seven To Eternity #11