Disney CEO Bob Iger confirms that Star Wars will be taking a theatrical break for a few years after the release of The Rise of Skywalker.
In a conference call with shareholders, Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed Star Wars’ cinematic future. He confirms The Rise of Skywalker as the end of the Skywalker Saga and that the franchise will be going on a hiatus for a few years before its next feature.
Cinemablend’s analyzed the move saying:
The decision to slowdown Star Wars films is seemingly the result of a hard-learned lesson for the company. Bob Iger took some of the blame for the performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story and has admitted that they put out too much Star Wars into the marketplace too soon. He has since come to believe that Star Wars movies are special and less is more and this theatrical hiatus reflects that.
While “superhero fatigue” has not affected Marvel, it appears Iger is cognisant of what may be “Star Wars fatigue.” Fans can be encouraged by the fact that Iger has recognized Disney’s mistakes and hopes to rectify them in the future.
The Rise of Skywalker has a lot of anticipation behind it, especially with the mixed reception The Last Jedi received. Iger’s comments will add more anticipation with fans hoping for a satisfying conclusion for the new trilogy and the Skywalker Saga.
A new Star Wars movie is not on the slate for the next few years, but Disney still has plenty of plans for the series.
A new Star Wars comic book series will be launched next year and plenty of other comics and novels are likely to follow. Disney Plus will also be home to three new Stars Wars series in The Mandalorian, the Cassian Andor series and an Obi-Wan series. During the call, Iger also confirmed that other Star Wars projects are also in the works for the streaming service.
Iger’s comments do put into question over Kevin Feige’s Star Wars movie. This may also find a home on Disney Plus rather than a full theatrical movie.
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