Mark Hamill is calling it as he sees it...as per usual. The problem this time? The Star Wars alum is calling out Disney for putting out too many Star Wars films in a short amount of time, and not stretching out the premieres. He does have a good point.
You'd think being one of the original three characters in the first Star Wars trilogy, the actor would be happy to see that studios can now produce more Star Wars movies at a higher speed. But that's not the case with Hamill, who thinks that if the studios churn out too many movies in such a short amount of time it will discredit the series.
Many fans believe this happened with Solo: A Star Wars Story, which did well in the box office but not so much with fans. Solo (May 2018) came just months after The Last Jedi (December 2017), so that in part made fans disappointed by it because there was little to no hype.
"In our day, it was three years apart. Now they’re two years apart, with a [spinoff] movie in between," Hamill shared with Den of Geek. "I say to the executives at Disney, 'Really? Han Solo five months after our movie? Give it a rest!' They say, 'Well, we have to keep the schedule clear for Mary Poppins.'"
The timeline just seems a little rushed. Solo didn't even get its trailer until after The Last Jedi premiered, whereas other films have usually already dropped their trailers months and months prior.
But Disney CEO Bob Iger, while confessing the timing decision was his, did announce some good news; the franchise will be slowing down in the future.
"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 gonna make films," Iger said to The Hollywood Reporter in Sept. 2018. "J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones co-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 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."
As of now there are no release dates for any other movies after Episode IX, which premieres on Dec. 20.