Disney decided to scale back on its plans to have a new Star Wars movie in theaters every year because its output was “a little too much, too fast,” according to Disney CEO Bob Iger, which resulted in the long-clamored for Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi solo movies being scrapped, as well as any possible sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story. Before The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson was hired to develop a “non Saga” trilogy of Star Wars movies to follow Episode IX, but the only names that were mentioned by Iger in that September 2018 interview were Games of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who he described as “creative entities…who are developing sagas of their own,” which is about as vague as it gets.
A partial slate of upcoming movies was announced earlier this month that includes Indiana Jones 5 in July 2021 and then seven years of alternating Avatar and Untitled Star Wars movies, with the first new Star Wars movie debuting in December 2022. Following up on that announcement, Iger revealed last week at the MoffetNathanson Media & Communications summit that he “did a deal” with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to make the next Star Wars movie, but added that “we’re not saying anything more about that.” The cryptic announcement leaves us with questions about the future of the franchise: Are Benioff and Weiss just working on one movie, perhaps the first in a trilogy of solo movies, or are they creating a whole new trilogy? And, what about Johnson’s trilogy? Does the announcement mean that his movies are dead or on hold, or will he be working with Benioff and Weiss on their movie(s) in some capacity? It’s likely we won’t get much more out of Disney until the box office receipts of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have been counted.
The release dates of the new movies are as follows:
- December 16, 2022 – Untitled Star Wars
- December 20, 2024 – Untitled Star Wars
- December 18, 2026 – Untitled Star Wars