LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Disney plans to decelerate the release schedule for its blockbuster Star Wars franchise, chief govt officer Bob Iger has mentioned, acknowledging that it was a mistake to shuttle a brand new movie into theatres yearly.
Iger’s feedback to The Hollywood Reporter in an interview printed on Thursday come on the again of the disappointing field workplace take earlier this 12 months of Solo: A Star Wars Story of US$400 million (S$540 million) worldwide.
While that outcome can be stellar for many movies, it is mediocre at finest for a Star Wars movie, main many business observers to take a position about franchise fatigue.
“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,” Iger mentioned.
“You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to make films.”
Disney had promised a brand new Star Wars film yearly after the hotly-anticipated release of The Force Awakens in 2015, alternating between chapters in the principle Skywalker saga launched within the 1970s and one-off movies.
But many within the business questioned whether or not that tempo may flip away even essentially the most diehard followers.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was launched in 2017, earned US$1.three billion worldwide.
The subsequent installment, Episode IX, is due for release in December 2019.
Lucasfilm, which was acquired by Disney in 2012, had introduced in February that the workforce behind Game Of Thrones would create a model new Star Wars collection.
The movies by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of HBO’s Emmy-winning smash hit fantasy epic, can be separate each from the principle storyline and the trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of The Last Jedi.
“We are just at the point where we’re going to start making decisions about what comes next after (Episode IX),” Iger instructed the Hollywood Reporter.
“But I think we’re going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.”