Mark Hamill nonetheless believes Star Wars franchise fatigue is a chance, particularly after Solo: A Star Wars Story underperformed on the field workplace. When George Lucas was in command of the famed area opera, there have been six function movies launched over the course of 28 years (1977 – 2005), with a 16-year hole between the tip of the unique trilogy and the beginning of the prequels. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm again in 2012, they made plans to extend that output exponentially. Episode IX, which hits theaters this December, would be the fifth new Star Wars film to premiere over a interval of 4 years (2015 – 2019).
Although Lucasfilm restricted themselves to at least one movie per 12 months, there was nonetheless new Star Wars content material popping out at a clip that followers weren’t accustomed to. As a substitute of three years between Skywalker saga episodes, there have been solely two, with spinoff motion pictures launched within the interim. Shortly earlier than Solo arrived in theaters final summer time, Hamill expressed concern that Lucasfilm was moving too fast, and it is a perception he nonetheless holds at the moment.
“I’m not gonna tell them how to run their business. But is there a possibility of a Star Wars fatigue? Yeah, I think there is. I’ve experienced it to a certain degree but they never listened to my ideas anyway, so who needs ’em?”
Solo, which hit the scene 5 months after The Last Jedi, turned the first Star Wars film to lose money at the box office. Because of extremely in depth reshoots overseen by Ron Howard, the film’s production budget skyrocketed to $250+ million (a determine dearer than The Drive Awakens). It solely made $392.9 million globally, a far cry from its break even level. It’s value stating that a lackluster marketing campaign and poor release date had been extra responsible for Solo’s failure than anything, however franchise fatigue is one thing Lucasfilm needs to be conscious of as they iron out a slate for the long run. They’ve separate movie trilogies within the works, however Disney CEO Bob Iger hinted there’d be a “slowdown” once Episode IX has come and gone.
Talking of Episode IX, odds are it will not be affected by any potential franchise fatigue. For starters, it’s going to be the primary Star Wars film in 19 months, an prolonged break that’ll profit the film greater than something. It is also the conclusion to the Skywalker saga (not a random facet story), making it the Star Wars equal of Avengers: Endgame by way of magnitude and scope. Disney could have dropped the ball on Solo, however they are going to most actually dedicate a major quantity of assets to Episode IX promotion, slowly build up anticipation over the course of a number of months. And if Star Wars takes a while off earlier than Rian Johnson’s and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss’ trilogies start, Lucasfilm will maintain pleasure at a excessive stage.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) launch date: Dec 20, 2019