Unless you’re an idiot, it wasn’t hard to predict that Disney would do something drastically in response to the poor box office showing for Solo: A Star Wars Story. After all, Disney exists to make money first and foremost, as well as to protect its iconic brands, so while Solo did make money, it didn’t perform as expected, which has now led to a confirmed slow down in the company’s future Star Wars projects.
This confirmation comes from Bob Iger, Disney’s CEO. While talking with The Hollywood Reporter, Iger clearly hinted that his call to release Solo just five months after The Last Jedi, ultimately led to it underperforming. And due to that failure, he has called for a hold on future Star Wars movie projects. Although, according to his statement, he’s not saying that Star Wars movies are going away for good. In terms of Solo’s release, 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,” he confessed. “You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not gonna make films.”
So I’d imagine Rian Johnson and the Game of Thrones duo’s trilogies will not be affected, but any planned standalone, be it the rumored Kenobi and Fett films, or the confirmed Tatooine movie, or even a Solo sequel, have all been put on hold if they were truly ever real projects. We know for a fact Solo had more films planned, which is based on Alden saying he signed on for multiple projects, and Ron Howard said that if Solo did well there would more than likely be more. I’m fine with some of these other rumored projects going away, but after watching Solo I’m truly bummed that we probably won’t get any resolution to Young Han’s story, and I think that’s a travesty.
The writing was on the wall after Solo’s dismal debut, which all but guaranteed the demise of any more standalone Star Wars stories, let alone a Solo sequel. I don’t even think the positive reaction to the film’s home release will be enough to warrant a Solo sequel, which is a shame, because there were some great stories left to be told, including the culmination of Qi’ra and Han’s relationship, which again was teased by Jon Kasdan.
Iger did go on to say that, “We are just at the point where we’re gonna start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s,” he said. “But I think we’re gonna be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.” This is also revealing, because at one point in time Iger was on the record saying that there would be Star Wars movies at least through 2020 or 2021, so clearly a film has been dropped from the confirmed schedule thanks to the Solo box office disaster.
Shame on you TLJ and Disney Star Wars haters for contributing to its fail, but like Iger is implying, he too fucked up by not delaying Solo until at least this December. Hopefully lessons have been learned, and we can get the Star Wars movie train back on the tracks. You know as well as I do that I world with Star Wars movies every year is a better world than one with none. If the MCU can crank out three movies a year, then so can Star Wars if done correctly.
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