By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
There is some disagreement on whether Solo: A Star Wars Story is a good film or not. My own view is that it’s not that great but I know some other fans who think it’s a wonderful movie. What is not a debate is that the film seriously underperformed at the box office making only $393 million when every other film has made over a billion dollars since The Force Awakens.
Disney CEO Bob Iger told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that the House of Mouse has no plans to stop making Star Wars films, although they may be slowing down the amount of films they’re releasing. Here’s what he told the outlet:
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 gonna 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 gonna start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s. But I think we’re gonna be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard something along these lines. Back in June there was a rumor that Lucasfilm was putting all the spinoff films on hold but the studio was quick to deny those reports. However, it does sound like that Solo did give Disney some pause and is rethinking their timing strategy.
I’m not completely convinced this was entirely a timing issue. The trailers for the film weren’t as mind-blowing as the previous Star Wars trailers— although there wasn’t the usual 8 month promotion lead up. The film came out only five months after The Last Jedi so there are the timing issues but I think a better marketing campaign could have helped. It also doesn’t help that there was the very public firing of the original directors who were then replaced with Ron Howard.
My own pet theory is that Star Wars is at its best as an ensemble and that’s what audiences want. Yes, I know that Solo featured an ensemble but it was very clearly Han Solo’s origin story. Whatever the reason, what it sounds like is that there may not be a Star Wars film in 2020 and maybe developing stories first and then setting a release date is the best way to go about it.