While there has been debate over why “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” didn’t earn as much as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” arguably the most obvious of reason tied to scarcity. ‘Force Awakens’ marked the return of the franchise after a twelve year break along with the return of fan favorite characters like Han, Leia and Luke after thirty-four years away from the screen. No matter how you felt about the film, it was a major cultural event.
‘Last Jedi’ on the other hand was a middle chapter, and the third “Star Wars” film in the past two years. There’s another due in two months and plenty more on the way as it has now become an annual release franchise. With so much product of course it means each new “Star Wars” film is less of a major event so much as just another entry – especially once it moves past the upcoming ‘Episode IX’ which will end the Skywalker saga.
In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, series star Mark Hamill has revealed his concerns about the new and more constant output of “Star Wars” films:
“I will say they should pace themselves because you don’t want to over-saturate it. I said to Disney, ‘Really? Five months after we come out comes Solo: A Star Wars Story? Can’t you at least wait until Christmas?’ But they’ve got things booked – they’re doing Marvel and their own movies, so that’s beyond my purview.”
Hamill says he does have hope for the potential in diversity of storytelling that comes with the “A Star Wars Story” banner which will allow for different kinds of storytelling in this universe:
“Well, there shouldn’t be a limit to the storytelling, as it’s a canvas that’s so infinite. With the standalone films, they can all have their own identity. Rogue One can be gritty and like a war film… I’m assuming, I don’t know, but I would assume that Solo will be more comedic-ly oriented because he’s a rogue, a scoundrel, and a gambler, and a womanizer and all those things. So I think the advantage of the standalone films is that they don’t have to follow the formula of a trilogy, so they can establish their premise, get it on, get it done and get out leaving the audience wanting more. So there are infinite possibilities.”
Of course, the obvious problem there is that Disney has played it fairly safe with the spin-off films thus far, both films boasting familiar characters and settings and story arcs we already knew, same goes for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi film reportedly in the works. However there are also indications those in charge plan to finally stretch out beyond stories of Jedis, Sith Lords and Force-sensitive bloodlines to explore the wider galaxy of the “Star Wars” world with both Rian Johnson’s and David Benioff and DB Weiss’ new film sagas.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is now available on disc.