Disney is going to make Star Wars movies until they stop making money or the universe itself ends whichever one comes first. While most fans are pretty excited to see one Star Wars movie a year there is one person who thinks we’re approaching the saturation point and that’s Mark Hamill. In an interview with Cinema Blend Hamill noted that Solo: A Star Wars Story coming out five months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi seemed like a bit much to him.
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.]
This is kind of quaint to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who are seeing three movies a year but there was always going to be a short turnover for one of these. The Last Jedi was delayed from May 2017 to December of 2017 and there would have been five months between Rogue One and The Last Jedi. Lucasfilm wanted to move the Star Wars movies to the summer but they seem to be doing very well in December. Episode IX was just moved from May to December of 2019.
Hamill also believes that Lucasfilm should be using the anthology movies to experiment and try different things.
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.
A Star Wars movie is probably going to make money by virtue of being a Star Wars movie. It puts Disney and Lucasfilm in a position to try different things but, ironically, it was the two anthology movies that have had the knee jerk reaction instead of the trilogy movies. Lucasfilm has jumped in to try and fix both Rogue One and Solo which is not what anyone expected when they announced the anthology and trilogy idea.
Summary: During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard, stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, and Thandie Newton. It will be released May 25th.