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02.05.2020 , 01:32 PM | #24
The whole situation may not be extremely complicated, however it is enough complicated...

First of all, these five movies (the three SW Episodes, Rogue One and Solo) have grossed more than a total of 6 (six) billions with a total budget of almost one billion (dollars) or one and a half billion dollars - if we make the conjecture, that is, that they spent about a total of half a billion dollars for promotion and such...

Second, SW undoubtedly survived (so far...) Kathleen Kennedy and her leadership of Lucas Arts; there is a solid fan-base of many spectators (including a lot of -nowadays- children ... and their parents) which could guarantee one billion dollars gross -at least- per new Episode...

Third; these "Generals" also made quite an ... achievement; though TFA alone had grossed more than two billions, the last Episode grossed essentially the half, a little bit more than one billion!!...


The bottom line ... imho; now Bob Iger, Kathleen Kennedy and the other Disney top-guys can address the Disney heavy share-holders and speak something like the following words:
Well, Disney is -so far- this and that and that's that.
We took the responsibility to create and deliver these three Episodes and more and, simultaneously, we didn't mess with Disney's fundamental philosophy and the, already existing, main principles, its direction. Namely we delivered a narrow-themed, not-original, naive enough but "touching" and spectacular-"colorful" Trilogy which was about an essentially moral-religious -and therefore "neutral"- conceptual core. Nothing more, nothing less...
And we did all that without deliver a fatal blow to LucasArts, on the contrary we are today in position to declare that we managed to make enough profits, "equalize" and keep fully alive (of course) the LucasArts investment of yours!
However we had -in return- some well-known issues with a large part of the fan-base, of many critics and all; in return because the Company's direction is obviously quite different from George StarWars Lucas' visions... In addition we might skip profits of almost two billions, however we didn't mess with Disney's directions and these two billions could be considered as the financial part of the price of that all-important consistency...
From now on, the future is up to you!...
You could decide to keep following mostly the same pattern ...
... OR ...
... to sail for unknown waters; to set some (unknown) visions and ideas in motion, to investigate new territories and such.
However this is fully equivalent with a clear change of direction, at ... least with respect to the LucasArts branch of Disney!!... We are well aware of the fact that StarWars are inherently about philosophy, politics, ideology and history but these issues are quite ... delicate, very subtle, fluid and ... cursed from top to bottom; nevertheless they are out of the existing Disney's policy.
As an example Bob Iger made a lot of (vain?) efforts to establish contact with the Chinese markets, a future giant of a market; however Chinese are quite skeptical, they may believe that the (evil) Sith can be considered as natural-born enemies of the U.S. political regime, they (the Sith) are obviously in full favor of totalitarianism and such. Chinese leaders are fully in favor of Confucius' ... "Philosophers-Kings" and the Chinese audiences are afraid that the evil Sith are an artistic representation of the efficient ... communists! At the opposite side, the U.S. and European audiences are in favor of Representative Democracy, elections, freedom of speech and freedom of critics and they would (most probably) hate any compromise of these ideals and any attempt to make a ... marriage between, say, Thomas Jefferson's ideas and Plato's "Republic" with its "Philosophers-Kings" acting as the Epitome of Dark Councils... Furthermore any co-production of Disney's movies of that kind with Chinese Companies is an utterly delicate (if not questionable) issue...
As another example, any Godfather project is obviously a stranger to Disney's actual visions; however George Lucas' latest Trilogy (TPM, AotC and TRoS) are about a comparable, "scaled" Tragedy...
Well, we have spoken a lot , we made ourselves clear enough and the bottom line is that this very heavy -and equally risky- task is up to you! How to, when, where and all is up to you... Period.



That said, I have to add that I liked a lot the core (and only the core) of the very last Episode, I understood why it grossed only the half of that "empty explosion" of TFA and I missed very much George Lucas' creativity; moreover he had a lot of ... "what to tell"... and he certainly knew how to do it; however SW;Ep. III, RotS (2005) was also rushed!!... Compared, that is, to Episodes I and II.
SW;KotOR2;TSL was also great and greatest!!
Perhaps I will miss really good StarWars, after all it's a very demanding project.