Disney Announces Star Wars Film Hiatus After Star Wars: Episode IX. The decision comes as a response from the company to the backlash from fans after the quick release of Solo: A Star Wars Story after Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Disney CEO, Bob Iger spoke on the matter on Thursday, before the 2019 Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, IL. “We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter,” Iger said during an interview with Bloomberg Television on Thursday. “There are movies in development, but we have not announced them.”
For some fans this is a relief, mainly due to a high saturation of new Star Wars content since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For fans who are disappointed in the decision for the franchise to take a break from featured film releases, worry do not. Disney and Lucasfilm are still producing more stories from the Star Wars Universe with a heavy focus on content for Disney+, which will open for streaming in November 2019, and still plan on releasing featured films at a later date.
“We will take a pause, some time, and reset,” Iger said, “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.”
There is no doubt Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Star Wars: Episode IX) will be a raging success in the theater. Despite the predicted success of the film, Disney is hoping to help build excitement for the new content they have planned by taking some time for fans to fully process the end of “the Skywalker saga” before releasing any more featured films from the Star Wars universe.
We will undoubtedly hear more from the casts, production teams, and studio representatives, about the future of Star Wars at the Star Wars Celebration taking place this weekend in Chicago, IL.
What are your thoughts on the Star Wars hiatus? Do you think this is a good strategy, or are you disappointed that you will not see a new Star Wars film for some time? Despite the decision to go on a break from future films, we are happier than porgs about the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December.
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