Disney’s CEO Bob Iger spoke with British outlet the BBC and revealed that once they finish the Skywalker Saga with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker they could be slowing-down the release dates on the theatrical end.
IGER: “I have said publicly that I think we made and released too many Star Wars films over a short period of time.”
“I have not said that they were disappointing in any way. I’ve not said that I’m disappointed in their performance. I just think that there’s something so special about a Star Wars film, and less is more.”
We had been seeing a Star Wars movie release every year since Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which might have tarnished the special event aspect of the films.
These comments aren’t from Bob Iger aren’t terribly unexpected given the information we already had about upcoming Star Wars movies.
If you look at Disney’s holiday release date schedule that dropped earlier this year revealed that they were looking to have a Star Wars film out in theaters every other year (instead of every year) with James Cameron’s four Avatar sequels (now Disney projects after the Fox/Disney merger) taking spots between Star Wars projects.
They only are expecting to drop four movies between now and 2026, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December.
- Avatar 2 – December 17th, 2021
- Untitled Star Wars Film – December 16th, 2022
- Avatar 3 – December 22nd, 2023
- Untitled Star Wars Film – December 20th, 2024
- Avatar 4 – December 19th, 2025
- Untitled Star Wars Film – December 18th, 2026
- Avatar 5 – December 17th, 2027
It remains to be seen if this schedule is tweaked, but whatever the next Star Wars movie will be it is expected to be released on December 16th, 2022.
This new release date tactic seemingly led to projects Ewan McGregor’s Kenobi going from a feature film to a Disney+ series instead.
I have to assume this happened after the proximity from Star Wars: The Last Jedi to Solo: A Star Wars Story proved that audiences can get overwhelmed with too much of a good thing leading to the latter only making $392.9 million globally (after costly reshoots).
The Disney+ shows presumably picking-up the slack during the theatrical gaps.
It was reported by Variety that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had been attempting to develop a Jedi origin trilogy, it’s unknown if Lucasfilm will continue that one without the writers/producers after their exit to focus on their Netflix deal.
We currently don’t know what Rian Johnson’s trilogy (Rian recently reaffirmed his official involvement) and Kevin Feige’s unofficial film project could be focusing on. Other than Rian’s movies won’t be connected to the Skywalker Saga and will likely be brand new/original.
BuzzFeed had reported that Shutter Island screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis (Altered Carbon, Ghost In The Shell, Avatar) was developing a trilogy of Knights of The Old Republic movies, this has yet to be confirmed by Lucasfilm.
A movie based on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic — the beloved video game first released in 2003 — is currently being written by Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) for Lucasfilm, three sources close to the project told BuzzFeed News.
Kalogridis is close to finishing the first script of a potential KOTOR trilogy, according to the three sources.
However, Kathleen Kennedy confirmed to MTVNews at Star Wars Celebration 2019 that they were “developing something” in the Old Republic era.
MTV: Knights of The Old Republic, a lot of fans wanna see that, is there any development of that?
KENNEDY: “You know, we talk about that all the time. Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now, I have no idea where things might fall..”
What that December 2022 film ultimately will be is a little hazy, but they had some time to figure things out.