Bob Iger: Expect Slowdown With Star Wars Film Releases

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s Matt Belloni, Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke on several topics including Disney’s new streaming service set to launch towards the end of next year, the recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the potential future of the X-Men franchise, and more. During the interview, Iger was asked if Disney’s decision to release a new theatrical Star Wars film every year since 2015’s The Force Awakens has resulted in some fatigue with the iconic franchise among moviegoers. Will Disney continue to roll out new Star Wars films on a yearly basis, or will we start to see some greater time distance between each new film?

Many believe Disney should pump the breaks and not put out a Star Wars movie each year.

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.

Justin LaSalata
Located in New York with his wife Dianna, Justin LaSalata is the US Editor of Jedi News responsible for reporting on all areas of Star Wars related news as well as coverage from NY Comic Con and Toy Fair NY.