Is pace truly the problem with Star Wars?
Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, seems to think so. In fact, he’s holding himself accountable for it.
In four years, Disney released four Star Wars movies. However, him calling it a big mistake is quite a stretch, is it not?
Interview with Iger
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Iger 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. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not gonna make films”
The last line is a relief, considering that some companies halt production instead of taking things slowly when it comes to these kinds of problems.
The Star Wars franchise is an evergrowing story. In the interview, Iger informed the public a bit of the future. J.J Abrams replaced Colin Trevorrow as writer and director for Star Wars: Episode IX. The project is set for release in December 2019. The crew gets bigger as Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss joins in. They are currently developing Star Wars sagas of their own, according to Iger. He (Iger) and Disney are at a point where they are going to start making decisions on what comes next after J.J’s project.
Other than that, they are treading carefully in terms of volume and timing.
Things Iger left unsaid
There are things that were not addressed by the CEO in the interview. No mention of the standalone Star Wars trilogy by director Rian Johnson. This project was divulged in November 2017 by Lucasfilm. There’s also the standalone A Stars Story film series that Lucasfilm also confirmed with ABC News, which is Disney’s sister company.
Does this mean they’re halting the production for those projects?
All in all, Disney finally taking the time to slow the Star Wars pace is a good thing. However, that’s not the problem the fandom often talks of. It’s mostly on the qualities of the film. Does taking things slowly also mean they’re upping the quality?
May the force be with them, this time.