The Force Awakens was a monster at the box office. It grossed a little over $2 billion worldwide and landed third place on the list of highest grossing films of all time. However, Bob Iger, CEO of Disney doesn’t expect the same results for the first Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One, due to be released in December.
That isn’t to say that the Disney CEO is pessimistic about the quality of Rogue One. Quite the opposite. Variety reports that he had just recently seen a rough cut and this is what he had to say about it:
“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.”
Fans might assume that Iger’s comments about Rogue One not doing as well as Force Awakens, may be a reflection of the rumored trouble behind the scenes, which have ranged from extensive reshoots to most recently, the composer being replaced a few months before the film’s release. However, Iger stated that these have been the thoughts at Disney from the beginning.
“We never felt it would do the level that Force Awakens did. But based on the response to the trailers and posters, the level of interest in Rogue One is as high as it was for Force Awakens.”
Expect to see A LOT more Star Wars after Rogue One debuts in December. Iger stated that he and Kathleen Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm, have plans for Star Wars movies to continue long after 2021.
Rogue One stars Felicity Jones as a member of the Rebel Alliance, who is recruited to steal the plans for Death Star. The film will be released on December 16th.