Disney To Slow Down “Star Wars” Releases?

Disney To Slow Down Star Wars Releases

In the wake of the major disappointment of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” at the box-office, Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm put their other proposed “Star Wars” spin-off projects on hold.

Both companies were gung-ho about exploiting the brand, but in their race to pump out “Star Wars” films it has appeared as though much of what they have been doing has been made up on the fly – resulting in frequent directorial departures and the muddled PR that followed, along with talk of fatigue and harsh criticism.

Now, in a new interview with THR, Disney CEO Bob Iger says there’s zero plans to stop making “Star Wars” movies anytime soon, but the original plan of an annual release may be out the window – instead they’ll move forward with a new “Star Wars” film when they feel it’s ready:

“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.”

That likely means after Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX” in late 2019, the franchise will take a break in 2020 as development continues on where it will go next – be it Rian Johnson or the ‘Thrones’ duo’s trilogies. Production is currently underway on ‘Episode IX’.