Ever since Star Wars spin-off Solo underperformed at the box office, many have speculated that audiences are getting a bit worn out by the recent deluge of movies from the sci-fi franchise, which has now released a new instalment every year since 2015.
Now even one of Star Wars’ biggest, er, stars has acknowledged the problem, with Mark Hamill (who’s played Luke Skywalker in both the original and current trilogies) agreeing that “Star Wars fatigue” could become a bit of a problem – even if it isn’t quite yet.
“I’m not gonna tell them how to run their business, but is there a possibility of ‘Star Wars fatigue’?” Hamill said during a Hollywood Reporter podcast.
“Yeah, I think there is. I’ve experienced it, to a certain degree.
“But they never listen to my ideas anyway, so who needs ’em?” he joked.
ANALYSIS: What is ‘Star Wars fatigue’?
Not so long ago, the Star Wars movie franchise looked like an unstoppable juggernaut – but after releasing a film a year since 2015 (including two main “saga” movies and two prequels), cracks could be beginning to show.
Before The Force Awakens, there hadn’t been a Star Wars movie for a decade, and appetite was high for a return to a galaxy far, far away. However, the poor performance of 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars story has led some to believe that in releasing quite so many Star Wars films so close together, Disney has over-mined its biggest franchise.
Already, plans for other spin-off movies (including an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film and a story revolving around Tatooine’s Mos Eisley spaceport) have reportedly been halted, with the House of Mouse preferring to focus on the Star Wars TV series it has headed for new streaming service Disney .
There will be more Star Wars movies – new trilogies from the creators of Game of Thrones and from Last Jedi director Rian Johnson are still in the pipeline – but don’t be surprised if after December Disney is happy to let the Skywalkers rest for a little while.
Currently, the only Star Wars movie officially on the books is this December’s Episode IX. Hamill is set to reprise his role despite Luke dying in previous instalment The Last Jedi.