The Hollywood Reporter has posted a very interesting new interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger today, where he talks about a variety of subjects related to Disney, and one of those subjects was of course “Star Wars.”
The “Star Wars” portion of the interview was specifically about how Disney will handle new films moving forward with regards to how many they will put out, and when, with Bob Iger saying to “expect some slowdown” when it comes to future movies.
Here is the full portion of what Bob Iger had to say about new “Star Wars” films slowing down a bit:
The Hollywood Reporter: Many believe Disney should pump the breaks and not put out a Star Wars movie each year?
Bob Iger: 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 going to 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 going to start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s. But I think we’re going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.
After the disappointing box office with “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” we knew that Lucasfilm was revaluating things for future movies, but it is interesting to hear that things will be slowing down when it comes to new “Star Wars” films straight from Bob Iger himself, and that he said he even takes the blame for what happened with Solo in wanting too much “Star Wars” too fast.
Of course this now brings up tons of speculation on just what exactly this will mean for future “Star Wars” films. Will they now exclusively just come out once a year from now on, or will it be even longer where it’s one movie every two years? And what new film will be first after Episode IX? As Bob Iger said they are just now starting to make decisions about what comes next.
2019 was already going to be a very exciting year for “Star Wars,” and it’s also going to be just as interesting to hear the release schedule for future “Star Wars” films after these statements from Bob Iger, and just how long we will be waiting for new films after Episode IX.
You can check out the full interview with Bob Iger where he talks about the future of Disney as a whole, over at The Hollywood Reporter.