Disney CEO Says Star Wars Fans Should 'Expect Some Slowdown'

Jonathan Olley, Lucasfilm Ltd.
Jonathan Olley, Lucasfilm Ltd.

by Dana Samuel

When Disney bought Lucasfilm six years ago, it's almost as though the Star Wars franchise shifted into overdrive with production, releasing four films in just three years.

Starting with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, next came Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), and most recently, Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). Although Star Wars fans are happy about not having to wait years in between installments, Disney CEO Bob Iger says fans should "expect some slowdown" after Episode IX's 2019 release.

While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the speed of Star Wars project production, Iger shared:

"I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made ... 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. is busy making IX. We have creative entities, including David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven't been specific about.”

"We are just at the point where we're going to start making decisions about what comes next," Iger continued. "But I think we're going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that."

Slowdown? Just when we were getting used to this steady flow of Star Wars spectacles?

Hopefully this means that each new project will just get extra attention when it comes to production value, storyline, etc. If not, we have no doubt that fans will have a few choice words for Iger.

Space Force: The Office's Greg Daniels and Steve Carell Aren't in Scranton Anymore

Steve Carell stars in Greg Daniels's Space Force.
Steve Carell stars in Greg Daniels's Space Force.
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Greg Daniels and Steve Carell helped to make TV history when they collaborated on NBC's The Office. Now they've teamed up again for a brand-new show—and they're clearly not in Scranton anymore.

Daniels, who developed the American adaptation of The Office and co-created Parks and Recreation, is back with another workplace comedy—this time for Netflix and taking place in space. Space Force will follow Carell as the protagonist, and also stars big-name actors such as Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow, and John Malkovich. As the title indicates, it's believed to be a spoof on Donald Trump's military branch of the same name.

This week, the first official images for Space Force were released, showing Carell and his co-stars in action—and it appears the beloved actor will have his hands full as the head of the Space Force.

In addition to starring in the series, Carell is also its co-creator (alongside Daniels) and one of its executive producers. Space Force will arrive on Netflix on May 29, 2020. In the meantime, you can check out some of the early images from the series below.

John Malkovich stars in Space Force
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Steve Carell and Lisa Kudrow in 'Space Force'
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Jimmy O. Yang in Space Force
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Steve Carell and Ben Schwartz in 'Space Force'
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YouTube Will Air a Different Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical for Free Each Friday

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
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Broadway may have temporarily shut down all productions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, but Andrew Lloyd Webber is here to make sure that musical theater aficionados still get their fill of top-notch content for the foreseeable future.

According to Broadway Direct, Webber’s production company, The Really Useful Group, has partnered with Universal on a new YouTube channel called “The Shows Must Go On!,” which will air a different Webber musical each Friday at 2 p.m. EST on YouTube. If you can’t tune in right at that time, don’t worry—the show will stay posted for 48 hours after it airs.

The series debuted last Friday, April 3, with 1999’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which stars Donny Osmond in the titular role and an ultra-talented supporting cast with Richard Attenborough, Maria Friedman, Joan Collins, and more. This week’s offering, tying in nicely with Easter, will be the 2012 Live Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Tim Minchin, Melanie C—a.k.a. the Spice Girls’ Sporty Spice—and Ben Forster. (If you’re interested in comparing it with 2018’s live concert version with John Legend and Sara Bareilles, you can catch that on NBC this Sunday.)

The schedule for future Fridays hasn’t been released yet, but Webber did mention in the announcement that it’ll include what he calls “the most important one, my disaster musical, By Jeeves,” a 1975 production based on P.G. Wodehouse’s classic stories. Other potential productions that could be part of the series include The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, School of Rock, and, of course, Cats.

In addition to full-length Broadway musicals, the channel will also post individual songs and behind-the-scenes content about how musicals go from stage to screen. You can subscribe to the channel here so you don’t miss any opportunity for a living room singalong.

[h/t Broadway Direct]

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