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Disney CEO Confirms Slowdown Is Coming For Star Wars Movies

September 20, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Solo: A Star Wars Story

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that there will be a slowing down of Star Wars movies in the future. There has been a new film in the series every year since The Force Awakens in 2015. However, it appears due to the poor box office reception of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney will be rolling out the films in a slower fashion. Here are highlights from the interview:

On the interest in premium content from digital services: “I’m impressed with what has been accomplished at Netflix and Amazon. But none of them is either Disney or Marvel. Or Pixar. Or Star Wars or National Geographic or FX or Searchlight or Avatar — I could go on. So we enter the business that they’re in, in many respects, with an advantage from a content perspective that will enable us to focus on quality rather than just volume.”

On how involved he got in the decisions to fire Roseanne Barr and James Gunn: “I would say there is a blend of my helping to make the decision to my supporting the decisions that have been made. Roseanne was completely unanimous. We discussed how it would be communicated and when because there were a number of entities that had to be properly filled in, but the decision was completely unanimous. The James Gunn decision was brought to me as a unanimous decision of a variety of executives at the studio and I supported it.”

On slowing down with Star Wars: “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.”

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