For the first time in the history of Star Wars, audiences can leave the theaters of a recently-released film with the knowledge that they’ll be getting another within almost a year’s time or so (one exception is next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX, which hits theaters in December instead of the originally-planned May.
But ever since it was announced that this would be the case, there has been concerned that releasing films too frequently would lead to a dilution of the brand. Apparently, it’s a concern that even actor Mark Hamill shares, as he revealed in an interview with CinemaBlend:
“I will say they should pace themselves, because you don’t want to over-saturate it. I said to Disney, ‘Really? Five months after we come out comes [Solo: A Star Wars Story]? Can’t you at least wait until Christmas?’ But they’ve got things booked – they’re doing Marvel and their own movies, so that’s beyond my [purview.]”
Should we take this to mean that Hamill doesn’t think that Star Wars isn’t a brand that can last under an intense release schedule? If we’re to look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we can see that the only reason it’s been able to survive is because each film can be drastically different from each other. Is this something that Star Wars is capable of? Hamill seems to think so.
“Well, there shouldn’t be [a limit to the storytelling], as it’s a canvas that’s so infinite. With the standalone films they can all have their own identity. Rogue One can be gritty, and like a war film… I’m assuming, I don’t know, but I would assume that Solo will be more comedic-ly oriented because he’s a rogue, a scoundrel, and a gambler, and a womanizer and all those things. So I think the advantage of the standalone films is that they don’t have to follow the formula of a trilogy, so they can establish their premise, get it on, get it done and get out leaving the audience wanting more. So there’s infinite possibilities.”
With a new film series coming from Game of Thrones creators and a new trilogy coming from Rian Johnson — in addition to the anthologies — they don’t seem to be wanting for content. Now it’s just a matter of making sure they don’t feel too samey. With their last three releases, I think Lucasfilm has proven they have the ability to change things up with each movie.
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