Disney Planning To Slowdown Star Wars Movie Releases
Star Wars films will not get annual releases after Episode IX!
Star Wars Movie Releases After Episode IX To Slowdown!
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger was asked about the future of the Star Wars films. Iger said, “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. We are just at the point where we’re gonna start making decisions about what comes next after Episode IX. But I think we’re gonna be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.” Iger mentions that after Abrams’ Episode IX, which is currently in production, the brief era of the annual Star Wars movie is coming to an end. Much of this decision results from Solo’s poor box-office performance earlier this year, which came just a five months after The Last Jedi hit theaters. However, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are still plotting a stand-alone trilogy of their own, and Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson is also developing a trilogy of films.
We've had four Star Wars movies in as many years which is unprecedented in the frachise's 42-year history. After Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, they immediately went into production on Episode VII: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams at the helm and that film was released in December of 2015. Next came Gareth Edward's ensemble war film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which came out in December 2016 and preceded the events of the original 1977 film, Episode IV: A New Hope. After that, Rian Johnson was hired to write and direct Episode VIII: The Last Jedi which arrived in theaters in December of 2017. Solo: A Star Wars Story hit theaters in May 2018 with Ron Howard directing. Since the series has been under Disney, the films have grossed a total of $2,302,786,239 at the domestic box office.
Star Wars: Episode IX began filming at London’s Pinewood Studios in August, with J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek) returning to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Justice League). Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Episode IX. The film will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The cast includes Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Naomie Ackie, Dominic Monaghan, Matt Smith, Richard E. Grant, Greg Grunberg, Brian Herring, Jimmy Vee, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher via unreleased archive footage. Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019.