Star Wars: Visions executive producer and LucasFilm Vice President James Waugh has addressed concerns of franchise fatigue surrounding the property.
Since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, there hasn’t been a period where something Star Wars-related hasn’t been released. Since then, Disney and LucasFilm have released two direct sequels to The Force Awakens and two additional films set in the franchise’s universe. While the film output has, for the time being, been suspended, new releases on Disney Plus happen on what feels like a regular occurrence.
The Disney Plus streaming service launched with the debut of an original Star War series titled The Mandalorian. A second season was released the following year with a miniseries following Boba Fett set to be released later this year. A continuation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars was released in 2020 with a spinoff series, titled Star Wars: The Bad Batch released earlier this year. Now Disney and LucasFilm are set to release yet another animated series on Disney Plus titled Star Wars: Visions which gives rise to a very simple yet serious question: will people get tired of the franchise? LucasFilm Vice President James Waugh doesn’t seem to think so.
The upcoming series is set to debut later this week and, as of this writing, has a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 18 critic reviews. The series will be a collection of nine anime short films with a variety of premises. Some take place within the main Star Wars canon while others take place within their own universe. In a recent interview the series executive producer spoke to The Direct about concerns over saturating the franchise, feeling confidant that Visions was unique enough to stand out:
“Are we worried about oversaturation? I think we’re always very thoughtful and cautious about how do we keep Star Wars’ specialness in this landscape. We’re mindful, but this wasn’t one of those instances where we had our spidey-senses on a lot because we felt this was such a new offering.
When it comes to things like Visions, I would say that we weren’t ever concerned about the oversaturation potentiality with Visions in particular, and I think the reason was we were offering something that’s kind of a diversification of what the offering is… We weren’t concerned that this was going to impact Star Wars in aggregate, we thought this would be a breath of fresh air for people to explore Star Wars in an exciting new way.
From a broader kind of creative strategy perspective, Disney+ has changed the way we’re viewing a lot of what’s possible with Star Wars. So you can get shows like The Mandalorian and Boba Fett because the platform allows for it.”
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Source: The Direct