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Disney Chairman Alan Horn Discusses the Future of Star Wars

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn recently had a lot to say about the future of the company after they complete their acquisition of Fox. By extension, that also means the future of Star Wars, ranging from comments about J.J. Abrams's Episode IX, The Mandalorian, and referencing internal discussions are in place on what the next Star Wars movie will be.





    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Horn talked a lot about Disney+, and the subject inevitably shifted over to what Lucasfilm was going to bring to the table. As it turns out, the first live-action Disney+ series that the company is going to bring to the table is Star Wars: The Mandalorian. Horn says that the idea for the show came from Lucasfilm and not Disney:
    As of right now, we also know that the project's development also halted development of a major film project with Boba Fett as the lead - which is interesting, considering how he had some of the most appearances in the Legends continuity out of any character, and he's largely been absent from the canon timeline. It almost feels like Lucasfilm was holding him back until after they released that project, but since it never happened, fans have had to make do with other characters wearing Mandalorian armor.



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    Of course, when it comes to discussing this franchise on a corporate level, the elephant in the room is Solo, the sole movie in the series to not be a gangbusters hit upon arrival and one that arguably faced the most trouble out of any Star Wars production ever, which is saying a lot considering the history of the franchise behind the scenes. But internally, Horn does not consider the movie a failure:
    So of course, the pressure's on to make sure that Star Wars: Episode IX tops it, which likely won't be that difficult considering that Solo made less than $400M (which the new movie should probably top in its global opening weekend, give or take a day). Horn is very pleased with what he's seen so far:

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    But what comes after the end of the sequel trilogy, aside from one last Indiana Jones with Harrison Ford as the lead? For now, Disney/Lucasfilm are not revealing that:
    Editorializing a bit here, but my guess: David Benioff and D. B. Weiss' first installment of their series of films ought to arrive first, followed by the first entry in Rian Johnson's trilogy. This speculation would line up with what we've heard regarding Johnson's projects, which he recently confirmed once again, is still happening.



    This approach of silence about Lucasfilm's future slate makes perfect sense. Star Wars is not, and will never be, Marvel. There is never going to be an Avengers-like film where Enfys Nest teams up with Captain Phasma, Qui-Gon Jinn, Max Rebo, and a few others to fight the ghost of Darth Bane, and that's perfectly alright. Right now, all eyes need to be on Star Wars: Episode IX to position that film as the biggest event in the franchise's short history with Disney since The Force Awakens, and keeping quiet for now is way smarter for their bottom line than creating the sort of 'Another Star Wars movie already?' mindset that some argue contributed to Solo's disappointing performance. For now, James Cameron's Avatar sequels will likely help Disney hold the fort on the 'big December sci-fi tentpole' side of things until the next Star Wars movie arrives.



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    I'd take 100 sub-par Star Wars movies, over another Avatar - any day of the week...

    And for the last time, SOLO DIDN'T FLOP!!!! It underperformed certainly but it wasn't a flop, or a failure. If it didn't make 100million then it would have been a flop. It made a tone of money, not as much as hoped, not as much as some of the others, but it made money. Also, It actually was really good. Honestly blame TLJ for Solo underperforming more than anything...
     
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    I would put more the blame on crowed May schedule with 2 heavy hitters on top of a bad marketing than the blame on TLJ. That's pretty has much been debunked away. Sadly, Marvel is now the new SW since it filled the gaps where SW didn't.
     
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    The interweaving of the MCU is pretty good, I wish they'd get some of those writers together to weave a whole universe liek the 20 MCU movies that are out... it can be done in starwars i'm positive.
     
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    It's hard to say what caused Solo to flop. One side says it was "A" while the other side says it was "B." They are probably both right, to some extent, as these things are complicated and a few words can't really explain the situation.

    However, we know that Disney/Iger aren't happy with what happened, and they share some of the blame. I don't think they are, or should be, totally honest with the public about what they think went wrong. I mean, let's say they do think some of the blame rests with the fact that a large portion of fandom hated TLJ and took it out on Solo. Are they REALLY gonna say that publicly? No way. But the fact that Iger said there would be a slowdown shows they know something was not right in the GFFA and needed fixing. That means it was more than just the "crowded May schedule" although that could have played a role.

    Personally I'm with @TheTechnician in that I think LFL can do a much better job of interweaving the films together, and not just doing it by continually referencing the dice in the Falcon (as one example). That is probably my biggest disappointment so far. That and the lack of character development/arc as well as the lack of world building.

    Myself, I'm looking forward to the final season of The Clone Wars TV show and the Mandalorian. I'm also hoping we do get an Obi-wan mini series and I hope IX will be good enough to bring the fandom back together again (as much as that is possible).
     
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