Mark Hamill warns Disney of possible “Star Wars fatigue”
By aoligschlaeger on April 11, 2019
Help us, Mark Hamill — you’re our only hope.
It turns out I’m not the only one feeling a bit burnt out on tales of a galaxy far, far away. Luke Skywalker himself expressed weariness with Disney’s recent Star Wars blitz in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter this week.
“I’m not gonna tell [Disney] how to run their business, but is there a possibility of ‘Star Wars fatigue’? Yeah, I think there is,” Hamill said. “I’ve experienced it, to a certain degree.”
And here I thought I was alone.
“We’re the very last of the Resistance, but we’re not alone. In every corner of the galaxy, the downtrodden and oppressed know our symbol and put their hope in it. We are the spark that will light the fire that will restore the Republic.” pic.twitter.com/L0l4F9w9s3
— Star Wars Holocron (@sw_holocron) February 5, 2019
Hamill’s rebellion faces a powerful adversary, though. After spending more than $4 Billion on the purchase of LucasFilm, Disney has been highly motivated to recuperate their investment.
Including Solo and Rogue One, the entertainment giant released four Star Wars films in three years, with Solo hitting theaters just five months after the release of The Last Jedi. The four films have grossed more than Disney’ initial investment already, and the company has continued to rake in profits from massive amounts of Star Wars merchandise. They’re even rebranding Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area to capitalize on the franchise’s fame — this summer, visitors to the park’s Galaxy’s Edge area will be able to make the Kessler Run with Han Solo and join the Resistance’s fight against the First Order.
And while Hamill cautioned Disney that audiences may soon share his intergalactic fatigue, he realizes his warnings may fall on deaf ears.
“They never listen to my ideas anyway, so who needs ’em?” he said of executives at Disney.