Despite the fact it already has a movie dated for 2020 and several projects in the works including new trilogies from Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, it seems the Star Wars saga is set to go on hiatus after Star Wars: Episode IX – on the big screen, at least.
Speaking to Bloomberg ahead of Star Wars Celebration, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger stated that: “We will take a pause, some time, and reset, because the Skywalker saga comes to an end with this ninth movie. There will be other Star Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.”
Iger had previously warned fans to expect a “Star Wars slowdown” in the wake of the disappointing reception to Solo: A Star Wars Story, which reportedly led to Disney and Lucasfilm scrapping their plans for other Anthology movies featuring the likes of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
There will however be plenty of new Star Wars content to tide fans over, with the now-officially unveiled Disney+ streaming service set to feature the live-action series The Mandalorian and the revived Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, as well as a live-action Rogue One: A Star Wars Story spinoff focussing on Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor.
What do you make of this news? Are you disappointed we won’t be getting annual Star Wars movies, or do you think it’s a wise decision to avoid oversaturation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet us @FlickeringMyth…
Star Wars: Episode IX is set for release on December 20th 2019 with J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) directing a cast that includes Star Wars veterans Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Greg Grunberg (Snap Wexley), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) as well as new additions Naomi Ackie (Lady Mabeth), Richard E. Grant (Logan), Dominic Monaghan (Lost), and Keri Russell (The Americans).