It looks like the disappointing response to this summer’s Solo: A Star Wars Story has prompted Disney to slow its output of new Star Wars films.
Since releasing its first entry in the long-running blockbuster franchise in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney and Lucasfilm have released a new installment every year. While this is a relatively small number compared to Marvel Studios’ three films a year release schedule, some Star Wars fans have already started complaining about franchise fatigue.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger admitted the company is taking steps to address the disappointing box office returns and mixed reviews of Solo, confirming that a large-scale slowdown of future Star Wars productions is in order:
“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 going to 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 going to start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s. But I think we’re going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.”