Disney CEO Admits to Taking 'Very Careful' Approach to the Future of Star Wars Movies

There is no question at this point that the Star Wars franchise in the movie side has been dormant since the release of The Rise of Skywalker back in 2019. Despite the multiple projects that are in development, none of them has officially been given a green light by Lucasfilm as of this moment.

We also heard just recently that the Kevin Feige-produced project and Patty Jenkins' Rogue Squadron have been shelved and are no longer in active development. Meanwhile, the Taika Waititi project and the Damon Lindelof project are still knowingly in the works and have chances to move forward.

Despite the franchise's current success on television, fans are anxiously waiting for updates regarding its future on the movie side. After all, it originated as a mega blockbuster film in 1977 and there is no doubt that it deserves a better spotlight on the big screen as decades of its legacy have proven.

As reported by Deadline, in his recent appearance at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed the future of the Star Wars franchise in the film side where he admitted that they are taking a "very careful" approach in terms of planning its future slate.

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Iger cited the underwhelming box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018 as the reason why it "gave [them] pause" and reconsider the future of the franchise after the sequel trilogy. He determined that "maybe the cadence was a little too aggressive."

However, despite the obstacles that they faced, the CEO iterated that they are "still developing Star Wars films" although he added, "We’re going to make sure when we make one, it’s the right one. So we’re being very careful there."

As for the franchise's television side, Iger proudly declared that the episodic shows such as The Mandalorian and Andor have been "extremely successful."

While we didn't hear any information regarding the projects that will officially be part of the franchise's future movie slate, we have an assurance at the very least that they are heavily working on doing more theatrical projects and their "careful" approach has slowed them down, unlike the first few years when Lucasfilm joined the Disney umbrella.

Also Read: Star Wars: Jon Favreau Confirms More Projects Set After the Sequel Trilogy

It is expected that Lucasfilm will make announcements about the future of the Star Wars movie franchise in the upcoming Star Wars Celebration event in London this April.

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