When Disney got a hold of Star Wars, it seemed that the plan was to release one film a year, with smaller anthology films coming out inbetween the “main” trilogy entries. After the underperformance of Solo, though, it seems that Disney is rethinking their strategy, and fans will have to say goodbye to Disney’s one-film-a-year policy.
Talking to BBC Radio, Iger has commented that he thinks that the franchise should slow down. He says:
“I have said publicly that I think we made and released too many Star Wars films over a short period of time… I have not said that they were disappointing in any way. I’ve not said that I’m disappointed in their performance. I just think that there’s something so special about a Star Wars film, and less is more.”
Personally, I thought that one Star Wars film a year was pretty great. It kept people excited about something Star Wars all-year round, and it gave collectors something new regularly. Then again, it might not be enough time to produce a quality film, and the anthologies, though well-regarded, have been nightmares behind-the-scenes with director changes and extensive reshoots.
Hopefully things change with Disney+. I don’t think I’ll mind the lack of theatrical releases if the quality of the Star Wars shows is pretty good. Though I prefer a big theatrical release, maybe this TV format would actually be the better choice for Disney and for fans. Let’s hope The Mandalorian doesn’t disappoint.
The travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic. After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.
Catch Star Wars: The Mandalorian when it premieres on Disney+ which launches on Nov. 12.