It was recently announced that Disney was going to give the ‘Star Wars’ franchise a break following this December’s release of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’, chapter nine of the classic “Skywalker Saga” which will bring a close to the brand that has been running since 1977, with a few lengthy hiatuses along the way. At the time, it wasn’t stated exactly long this break would last, but now we know– three years.
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Disney has scheduled the release dates of three upcoming ‘Star Wars’ films for December 16, 2022, Dec. 20, 2024, and Dec. 18, 2026. Each of these falls on the weekend before Christmas, a traditionally lucrative period at the box office.
It was not announced what these films would be, however. ‘The Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson is crafting his own new trilogy, but so are ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Benioff and Weiss’ trilogy is rumored to be set during the ‘Old Republic’, a period previously explored in video games and other media.
It is NOT believed that all three films will be one trilogy released in sequential order. So it won’t be Parts 1, 2, and 3 of Johnson’s trilogy or Benioff and Weiss’. It may be Part 1 of Johnson’s followed by Part 1 of Benioff and Weiss’. Or Disney could go back to it’s ‘Star Wars Story’ line, with stand-alone pictures. But at this time, details aren’t known, so they could be anything.
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Upon Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm LTD in 2012, they dominated the holiday season with the releases of ‘The Force Awakens’ (2015), ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (2016), and ‘The Last Jedi’ (2017). ‘Rogue One’ was the first feature set within the universe of ‘Star Wars’, but not directly connected to the main storyline. But Disney hit a rough spot with 2018’s ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, which broke from tradition and opened in May. While the film was plagued by a number of issues, the fact that it arrived less than a year after ‘The Last Jedi’ was singled out as a major reason why the film had the weakest performance in the entire franchise.
What would you like to see from the ‘Star Wars’ brand going forward?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter