“Star Wars” announcements are coming thick and fast at the moment. Not only did we just barely get a trailer for the Han Solo movie, but now, it’s been revealed that the “Game of Thrones” creators will get a stab at making their very own new trilogy of films set within this familiar universe.
It’s worth pointing out that apparently, this new trilogy is different to the similar three picture series that Rian Johnson is currently working on, meaning that Lucasfilm is going from making a single trilogy over a six year period (plus anthology titles) to trying to make two high profile trilogies simultaneously.
The logic here makes sense, from a certain point of view (reference intended). Lucasfilm’s higher ups clearly feel that their anthology plan hasn’t actually worked out, and the studio is looking for the kind of stability that has been lacking up to this point.
Fans aren’t happy with the weird tonal discrepancy between “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi”, “Rogue One” has ended up being less well regarded than Lucasfilm was hoping, and “Solo” looks like a complete disaster.
If there’s one thing Lucasfilm isn’t good at, it’s maintaining order during a complex project, as the slew of fired directors proves. It’s almost as if a studio that was built entirely out of George Lucas’ Yes Men has a hard time making decisions without their commander in chief.
Getting in creators with strong narrative visions, and tying them to three picture deals, is a good way to making sure that the next few “Star Wars” movies feel less adrift than the current crop of films.
It’ll certainly help avoid a situation where JJ Abrams sets up a bunch of story points that are summarily dismantled or ignored by a subsequent director.
The problem, though, is that half of the reason why Lucasfilm is struggling so much behind the scenes on their movies, is that they’re trying to do far too much in too short a timeframe.
Back when George Lucas was in charge, Lucsasfilm made a single movie every three years. Now, the studio is being pushed to make a movie every year, and there hasn’t really been an opportunity to scale up production in a logical way.
All things considered, it’s a real miracle that the Disney “Star Wars” movies have turned out as well as they have. Things go wrong a lot, but everyone at Lucasfilm is only ever barely scraping by without having a chance to catch their breath, so it’s completely understandable.
Now, though, things are going to get even busier. With two trilogies ongoing at the same time, the studio staff are going to have to split their attention between twice as many things.
It’s going to be really hard to focus on one of these trilogies at the pace that Disney is demanding, so doubling everyone’s workload can only end poorly.
What Lucasfilm really needs is to lighten the load, and make fewer movies for a while, rather than dividing attention between two in-development trilogies.
With any luck, after “Episode IX”, Disney will give the studio the time and space that it needs in order to expand, so that everything can be organized properly going forward.
Then, once Lucasfilm has proven that it can make a single trilogy in a six year period without firing a director, it might be possible to explore expanding the studio’s scope a little.
It’s unlikely that this will happen, though. Disney stands to make a billion dollars a year for the next little while by continuing with its aggressive release schedule.
Things might change after “Solo” hits theaters. That film, coming just five months after “The Last Jedi” (and also looking absolutely terrible), will probably be the worst performing “Star Wars” movie in recent history.
It’s possible that Disney might re-evaluate after this, but as the company probably already thinks that “Solo” will underperform compared with previous movies, their new plan probably involves offsetting a drop in profits by increasing the number of “Star Wars” movies that are in production.
In other words, “Star Wars” isn’t going to get the quality control and good, old-fashioned polish it needs any time soon.
This is fine if you like mediocre movies, but don’t expect the new “Game of Thrones” “Star Wars” trilogy to actually be worth your time.