Disney Studios chief Bob Iger has done a very extensive interview with Barrons to discuss the studio’s upcoming streaming service Disney+ and the Mouse House’s plans for the future.
One of the more interesting remarks within is that he says the studio won’t be releasing big-budget movie blockbusters on the service like Netflix intends to in coming years with movies like “The Irishman,” “6 Underground” and the “Chronicles of Narnia” reboot. Instead, low to mid-budget fare will be the order of the day on Disney+ with the blockbusters saved for a theatrical run. That includes any and all “Star Wars” movies:
“Almost every movie the studio makes is a $100 million-plus movie, and we’re not looking to make movies at that level for the service. We’re looking to invest significantly in television series on a per-episode business, and we’re looking to make movies that are higher-budget, but nothing like that.
We wouldn’t make a Star Wars movie for this platform. When everybody goes out on the weekend and you have a movie that opens up to $200 million, there’s a buzz that creates that enhances value. We like that. And eventually, the movies we’re making are going to [end up on] the service.”
As a result, the kind of films being made for the service include things like the Anna Kendrick-led Christmas comedy “Noelle” and the live-action reimagining of “Lady and the Tramp” with real dogs. “Star Wars” will come to the service in the form of television with “The Mandalorian” series.