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Disney has been churning out Star Wars movies left and right, but now there are plans to pump the brakes a little bit. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that the production and release of Star Wars films will slow down and be more careful about volume and timing, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter
“As I look back, I think the mistake that I made—I take the blame—was a little too much, too fast,” Iger said. “You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to make films.”
Iger said that there are a few projects currently in the works, including J. J. Abrams working on Episode IX, and Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss developing sagas of their own, but that Disney will be more selective after that.
Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t do as well as anticipated after being released only six months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with considerably lower box office figures than Rogue One.
There has also been some recent shake ups in the Disney and Marvel Studios universe, including cutting the cord on James Gunn as the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Iger told The Hollywood Reporter, “The James Gunn decision was brought to me as a unanimous decision of a variety of executives at the studio and I supported it.” Despite backlash, “I haven’t second-guessed their decision.”