Star Wars fans are processing some news from Disney CEO Bob Iger that rocked their world.
Initially, when Disney picked up the Star Wars franchise, they opted to do things the Disney way.
Being a major corporation known for their branding and marketing prowess, they committed to getting a product out and keeping new items on the shelves. In order to do that, they started releasing a new Star Wars film every year.
According to a recent interview, Disney regrets the move and Bob Iger is taking the blame for it.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Bob confessed:
"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 [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. 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."
Star Wars purists have long complained that "Disneyfying" the franchise would kill the magic of the storyline. Others were convinced that only Disney had the money and resources to try and continue the story and characters we all loved with the same sort of passion that George Lucas initially sparked.
Now that Bob has spoken out announcing that the pace of project releases will be slowing down, the argument is flaring back up on Twitter.
Fans cannot seem to agree on whether or not the current Disney formula is working. And even those who agree that it is not, cannot seem to agree on WHY it is not.
If we are honest, though, that is not surprising. Star Wars is just one of those things that people have been so passionate about for so long that there probably is not a way for everyone to agree on everything.
Whatever Disney decides to do with the franchise, we hope the force is with them.