The Big 'Mistake' Disney Made With Star Wars That They're Fixing Now, According to Disney CEO

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(Image credit: Lucasfilm)

(Image credit: Lucasfilm)

Disney has released a new Star Wars film every year for the past four years, and Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger now acknowledges that was in error - and he takes responsibility. In an interview with The HollywoodReporter, Iger said that Disney is slowing down the pace.

"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," Iger said. "You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn't mean we're not gonna make films.

"J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. 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," said Iger. "And we are just at the point where we're gonna start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.'s. But I think we're gonna be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that."

Iger didn't mention The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson's standalone Star Wars trilogy, officially announced by Lucasfilm in November 2017, or the multiple standalone A Stars Story films which Lucasfilm confirmed to its Disney sister-company ABC News in June.

The only currently scheduled Star Wars film is Abrams' as-yet-untitled Episode IX film due out December 20, 2019.

Originally published on Newsarama.

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