Disney CEO Bob Iger on Slowing Down ‘Star Wars’ Releases, Streaming Service, and More

Disney CEO Bob Iger on Slowing Down ‘Star Wars’ Releases, Streaming Service, and More

Disney CEO Bob Iger has given a wide-ranging interview to The Hollywood Reporter‘s editorial director Matthew Belloni. Several topics of interest were covered, including the streaming service set for next year, the handling of John Lasseter, Roseanne, and James Gunn, the acquisition of 21st Century Fox, and the future of the company in the current age. Of particular note to Star Wars fans, Iger discussed plans to slow the roll-out of the films. He acknowledges it’s been “too much, too fast,” and indicates a lesson learned.

On the future of the Star Wars films:

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 [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.

On serving alcohol at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge:

Finally, some Disneyland purists are upset that there’s going to be booze for sale in Star Wars Land.

We have to be careful we don’t let people drink and then go on Autopia. (Laughs.)

Funny. Walt did specifically say no booze at Disneyland.

Yeah, except I think Walt had a nip or two in his apartment at night. (Laughs.) I am a big believer in tradition. This just seemed like one of those traditions that if we changed it the empire wasn’t going to crumble.

You can read the piece in its entirety on HollywoodReporter.com.

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