After the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story earlier this summer, and its unfortunately underwhelming performance at the box office, Disney is reportedly rethinking the way it releases future films. Future Star Wars films will now be expected to release at a slower rate, instead of the yearly release that had become the pattern.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, believed this slower release to be necessary. “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,” the CEO explained. “You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to make films.” He then went on to add: “But I think we’re going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing.”
The push-back against the increased rate of Star Wars releases came after the unfortunate box office flop of Solo this summer. According to NME, the film missed its projected North America opening by nearly $30 million. The movie then went on to only make $115.3 million internationally, well under its budget of $250 million.
Star Wars 9 is still expected to release on December 20, 2019.
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