Since Disney had acquired the “Star Wars” franchise many years ago, they’ve wasted no time making their money back on such a heavy investment. Since the acquisition, we’ve seen three new chapters in the saga, two spin-off/prequel movies, at least two new animated series, and the upcoming live-action online series of “The Mandalorian.” This is to say nothing of the merchandising and the Disney theme park attraction of Galaxy’s Edge.
But there’s a bit of an oversaturation going on as well considering we’ve gotten all this “Star Wars” content within the span of four years. Disney CEO Bob Iger sat down with BBC Radio to discuss how he feels about their “Star Wars” projects:
“I have said publicly that I think we made and released too many Star Wars films over a short period of time. I have not said that they were disappointing in any way. I’ve not said that I’m disappointed in their performance. I just think that there’s something so special about a Star Wars film, and less is more.”
This concern of striving for less is more is most likely the result of the studio scaling back on their projects. The Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off movie was scaled back to a six-episode miniseries for Disney+. Disney was already setting things up for another trilogy to follow with Rian Johnson at the helm but it seems this project is facing some delays and hiccups. The lacking box office of the spin-off movie “Solo” released in the summer of 2018 has also been taken into account by Disney and may affect more future projects as well.
At any rate, hearing Iger talk about less is more when their studio already holds a heavy monopoly on the theater is both interesting and somewhat concerning about what is fully meant by this statement.