Disney CEO Bob Iger admitted that the theatrical roll out of the “Star Wars” franchise might have been “just a little an excessive amount of, too quick.”
In a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter for its annual THR 100 record — a rating of Hollywood’s strongest folks — Iger stated that he “take[s] the blame” for the timing of the flicks’ releases.
“You may anticipate some slowdown, however that does not imply we’re not going to make movies,” stated Iger, who landed at No. 1 on the record.
Critics and analysts have argued that the frenzy of films in the previous few years have led to “Star Wars” fatigue.
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Might’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” a derivative movie a few younger Han Solo performed by Alden Ehrenreich, opened at $103 million, which is dismal for a “Star Wars” movie. The movie finally made almost $400 million globally. For comparability, “Star Wars: The Pressure Awakens” made $2 billion worldwide in 2015 and the “Star Wars” spinoff, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” made $1 billion in 2016.
Lucasfilm, the Disney subsidiary that produces “Star Wars,” introduced final yr J.J. Abrams will write and direct “Star Wars: Episode IX.”
“We’re simply on the level the place we’ll begin making selections about what comes subsequent after J.J.’s,” Iger added. “However I believe we’ll be just a little bit extra cautious about quantity and timing. And the buck stops right here on that.”
“Star Wars” has been a field workplace bonanza for Disney because it acquired the franchise in 2012, making greater than $four.5 billion on the worldwide field workplace. But, there’s been lots of “Star Wars” in that quick period of time.
From 1977 to 2005, there have been solely six “Star Wars” movies launched in theaters. Since 2015, Disney has launched 4 movies from the franchise.
Iger did not say if the slowdown would impression any upcoming tasks. Lucasfilm introduced final yr that it has plans for a brand new trilogy from Rian Johnson, the director of “Star Wars: The Final Jedi.” It additionally introduced earlier this yr that “Sport of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going to put in writing and produce a brand new sequence of “Star Wars” movies.
CNNMoney (New York) First printed September 20, 2018: four:53 PM ET