Disney CEO says there will be a “slowdown” on Star Wars movies


From The Hollywood Reporter:

“Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger remains the most powerful person in entertainment, only adding to his empire with $71 billion of 21st Century Fox assets. […]

In a talk with THR editorial director Matthew Belloni, Iger discussed his plan for Disney “to not only survive but to thrive in a world that doesn’t look anything like the world that existed just a few years ago.” […]

Many believe Disney should pump the breaks and not put out a Star Wars movie each year.

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. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [EpisodeIX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven’t been specific about. And we are just at the point where we’re going to start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s. But I think we’re going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.”


Rian Johnson ‘would be down’ with bringing Jar Jar in his new Star Wars trilogy


From Yahoo:

“Although Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still days away from release, writer-director Rian Johnson is already preparing an entirely original Star Wars trilogy that will focus on a set of new principal characters.

But will his future films return established characters from the Star Wars canon?

“I’m just starting to think about it, and get into, so who knows?” Johnson told Yahoo Entertainment. […]

Johnson entertained our notion of bringing back a certain much-maligned Gungan for a shot at redemption.

“I would be down with bringing old Jar Jar back — we’ll see,” Johnson said with a laugh.

Could Mr. Binks made a comeback à la Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler?

“What if it was just in the style of The Wrestler except it was Jar Jar?” Johnson countered. “We’d shoot it in black and white.”

We smell a blockbuster.”

You can watch the video at Yahoo.