Earlier this year, Solo hit cinema screens and failed to gain much traction. OK, so this is putting it mildly, the film bombed at the box office.
There are various reasons why the movie failed to find an audience (many of which I’ve talked about previously) but in short, people just didn’t go and see it. As such, the future of all Star Wars movies, post Episode IX, was put in doubt.
Are the movies still in doubt?
Maybe not, however Star Wars fans should expect to see less frequency of movies rather than more.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger addresses the Star Wars movies and places blame for Solo‘s failure firmly on one person’s shoulders – his own.
He said: “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.”
As for the future of the Star Wars series, he said:
“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.”
So, fans can still expect to see more Star Wars movies in the future, but the release of these movies may be a little slower than we’ve come to expect over the past few years. They also won’t follow the sort of release template that Marvel has, where audiences get two-to-three films a year.