According to Bob Iger, he is not concerned with fans being overexposed to Star Wars because after the release of Episode IX, the famed franchise will take a break.
The final installment of The Skywalker Saga, Episode IX, titled, Star Wars: The Rise of Skylwalker, will mark the end of an era for many die hard Star Wars fans and although this will not be the end of the franchise, there will be a lengthy break before the next film.
“We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter,” Iger told Bloomberg Television in an interview Thursday. “There are movies in development, but we have not announced them.”
The much anticipated film is the ninth in the Skywalker saga. It is scheduled to be released on Dec. 20 of this year and is the third installment of the film trilogy that began with “The Force Awakens” back in 2015.
According to Iger, the focus of the franchise will move toward other projects following this latest film release. “There will be other Stars Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.”
Is it time for a break from Star Wars films? “Solo: A Star Wars Story” — a stand-alone film that wasn’t part of the saga, released in 2018 — was the lowest-grossing film in the history of the franchise. In addition, Star Wars merchandise sales fell in both 2017 and 2018.
However, Disney has tricks up its sleeve with the introduction of two new Star Wars-themed lands, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at parks in both coasts this summer and also an immersive Star Wars hotel in Disney World. The anticipation is unmatched from anything I have seen from Disney in my lifetime.
A handful of live action tv series are also coming to Disney’s streaming service, Disney+. So far, we know that there are three are in the works and two new Star Wars trilogies are also in development. Also Clone Wars season seven is slated for release in 2020.
While the move to break from Star Wars films has some concerned that the franchise will be taken in the direction of a tv series as opposed to the big screen, Disney remains invested and dedicated to film as much as new series and shorts launching on Disney+. This much needed break from filming for the big screen will serve to build anticipation and excitement for the film aspect of the franchise and will allow for Disney to capitalize on other aspects of Star Wars such as Galaxy’s Edge, tv series and more.
Disney remains invested in driving fans to the theatre as well as to their new streaming service and there has been no official announcement on just how long this film hiatus will be and as mentioned above, two new Star Wars trilogies are reportedly in the works though still in the early stages.
Speculation is that Director Rian Johnson has a new Star Wars trilogy in development. It is also rumored that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have working on yet another.
Big things are coming for the Star Wars and you can bet that Disney is going to go big. Although films may take a break, there will be plenty for Star Wars fans to sink their teeth into regarding the future of the franchise.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Is Disney setting this up to be the most epic end to a saga in cinema history? If April 12, Star Wars Celebration, which was live streamed for fans all over the world is any indication, Star Wars isn’t going anywhere and Luke, Leia, Chewy, R2D2 and the others will live on for decades to come.
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