No one states the obvious quite like a company's CEO. Sometimes, however, the obvious needs to be stated, so it's nice that the information is coming from the top of the food chain. Take Disney's position on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which has been muddled at best over the last few months. When the film went into reshoots, sources alleged that it was because Disney was upset with the way the film turned out, but that really made no sense considering they had to have approved the script.
Something nefarious seemed to be at work, but at long last, Disney CEO Bob Iger has made it clear that they never envisioned Rogue One as anything but "an experiment," albeit one that quickly got away from them. According to The Playlist, Iger made the comments about the first ever Star Wars Anthology film during an investors' conference call, saying that they "never felt it would do the level that ‘Force Awakens’ did,” although he was quick to add that “The level of interest [in ‘Rogue One’] is as high as it was for ‘Force Awakens.’”
He then called the film “an experiment, of sorts” before saying this about a recent screening he saw of the film that included the material from reshoots. “It’s really interesting in terms of ‘Star Wars’ storytelling. ‘Star Wars’ has only been told as a saga, and this is a moment in time … we love what we’ve seen.” As for whether or not this experience has soured Disney on the notion of films existing outside the main Star Wars saga, it seems the answer is a resounding no fucking way as there are Star Wars films planned for the rest of forever.
“I had a meeting yesterday with Kathy Kennedy and we mapped out — well, we reviewed — the ‘Star Wars’ plans that we have ’til 2020,” Iger said. “We have movies in development for ‘Star Wars’ ’til then, and we started talking about what we’re going to do in 2021 and beyond.”