According to a report from Bloomberg, Disney CEO, Bob Iger, has stated plans that indicate that there will be a hiatus for Star Wars movies after the debut of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker releases this December.
Iger explained Disney’s plans for new Star Wars movies by saying:
“We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter. There are movies in development, but we have not announced them.
“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 Stars Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.”Bob Iger
I wouldn’t call this a surprise, especially after he jacked the launch of Solo, which all but assured its poor box office reception, and I do think that failure led to this hiatus by delaying any future Star Wars standalone movies from progressing. Now that doesn’t mean I think standalone films will be gone for good, but I do think there was going to be at least one more to release after Episode IX.
Either way, I would plan on at least a full year of no new Star Wars movies in 2020, and possibly 2021, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a new Star Wars movie from either the Game of Thrones duo, or Rian Johnson’s trilogy by the end of 2021. I just hope we aren’t talking about dipping into 2022 before we get a new movie.
Of course we will have the live action TV shows to keep us busy, but I really don’t want Star Wars movies to go on a break that last longer than a year and a half.
With that being said, it does sound like that when Star Wars movies do return, we should expect a decades worth of them MCU style!
While speaking to Fandango, Kathleen Kennedy revealed that Lucasfilm is shooting for just that. She said:
“We’re looking at stories that will span the next decade.”Kathleen Kennedy
So while we’re getting a hiatus to figure out the future direction of Star Wars movies, it does sound like we will be getting a bunch of them once they floodgates reopen.