By: Dominic Jones
Alan Horn, the chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about a wide-range of topics relating to Disney studios and their current and upcoming films. Naturally, Star Wars was a big part of this. In the interview, Horn spoke about the current state of Star Wars including, his visit to the set of Episode IX, his thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story, and how The Mandalorian came to be.
Horn described visiting the set of Episode IX, saying,
"I just got back from the United Kingdom, which is not so united. (Laughs.) I went to the set, and was with J.J. [Abrams], Kathy and the cast. I watched a couple of scenes being shot and then we all had dinner. I have not seen a cut of it yet, but I watch dailies every weekend and send J.J. and Kathy a note every weekend. It's a big deal, and it's going to be terrific."
He also spoke about what happened with Solo, which significantly under-performed at the box office (failing to cover it's oversized production and marketing budget). Horn shared his thoughts with THR, saying,
"It's always a challenge because — and I say this with love and respect for media — the thing about these big movies is they get a lot of attention, whether positive or negative. So when they don't work, like Solo, the media says it's a failure. I think it was a pretty good movie. It didn't resonate as much as we'd hoped it would, but the press writes it up in a more negative way than I would."
He spoke very briefly about how The Mandalorian, the first Star Wars live action series being developed for Disney+ (Disney's upcoming streaming service), came to be. He described it as follows,
"Kathy Kennedy and Lucasfilm came up with the idea — it wasn't mine — of an episodic Star Wars series called The Mandalorian, done by Jon Favreau."
And finally, Horn was asked about what the next Star Wars movie after Episode IX. Naturally, he didn't reveal anything, saying, "It's all in discussion."
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