The Skywalker saga is coming to an end, but there are still a lot more Star Wars movies on the way. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012, they had one goal: to bring back George Lucas’ space opera. They’ve certainly succeeded in that regard, with four blockbuster movies having already released in theaters.
So far, Disney’s Lucasfilm has released two saga movies and two spinoff movies, most of which have performed remarkably at the worldwide box office. But just because the Skywalker saga is ending soon, that doesn’t mean Lucasfilm will cease making Star Wars movies, as there’s still plenty of story left to tell – whether that means expanding upon elements from the saga or exploring entirely new arenas.
Ever since 2015, Lucasfilm has released a Star Wars movie every year, but that will soon cease; after Star Wars 9 in December 2019, Lucasfilm is taking a three-year break, with the next Star Wars movie not arriving until 2022. After that, the movies will release in December every two years up to 2026, alternating with the four Avatar sequels. Needless to say, there are a lot of Star Wars movies (and other projects) in development.
Last updated: May 14, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – December 20, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has already been a challenging film, with Carrie Fisher’s tragic death forcing dramatic rewrites of the script. Matters became further complicated when director Colin Trevorrow exited the project in September 2017 amid reports Lucasfilm was unhappy with his redrafts. Lucasfilm signed up J.J. Abrams to take over; after launching the sequels in style with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he’ll now have to bring this story to a satisfying close.
Even after a trailer, the plot of Star Wars 9 is a big secret. All the key characters – Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Rose, Kylo Ren – return, along with some new faces (and Lando). Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, is that Emperor Palpatine is back as the series’ big villain.
Benioff & Weiss’ New Star Wars Trilogy – Beginning December 2022
After a three year break, Star Wars will return with the first entry of a new trilogy written and produced by Game of Thrones‘ showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has declared the duo “some of the best storytellers working today,” although the ending of Game of Thrones has earned them some detractors. It has been rumored that the new Star Wars trilogy will take place in the Old Republic, hundreds of years prior to the original trilogy.
The first movie releases in December 2022, but it’s currently unclear whether later entries will release in the 2024 and 2026 slots.
Rian Johnson’s New Star Wars Trilogy – ???
Lucasfilm was clearly impressed by Rian Johnson’s work on The Last Jedi. In November 2017, they announced that he would launch a new Star Wars trilogy outside of the Skywalker saga. Remarkably, Johnson’s pitch didn’t even include a story; he’s still in the early stages of drafting a story, so there isn’t much news about this trilogy yet. Given the divisiveness of The Last Jedi, though, it was rumored that Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy had been canceled, but the writer-director stepped in to debunk those rumors on social media.
Cancelled Upcoming Star Wars Movies
There have been several movies that were, at one point or another, reported on or officially announced by Lucasfilm that haven’t happened, mostly anthology films that appear to have been stopped following Solo: A Star Wars Story bombed.
Boba Fett originally had Josh Trank as director back in 2014, but he left the project around the release of Fantastic Four. James Mangold was reported to be stepping in, but development was stopped a few months later.
Obi-Wan has been one of the most fan-anticipated Star Wars spinoff movies, with serious hopes Ewan McGregor would reprise the role. Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry was reportedly in talks to direct, but he left the project before Solo opened. There’s still hope for prequel fans, as it was recently reported Lucasfilm will produce a six-episode Obi-Wan limited series for the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service.
A third Star Wars anthology film, set in Mos Eisley, was reportedly in early development but cancelled following Solo. There’s also be unverified rumors about a Yoda film as far back as 2013, and previous reports suggested Lucasfilm was toying with a film centered on Jabba the Hutt.
Upcoming Star Wars TV Series
It’s not just on the big screen that Star Wars has an exciting future. With the release of Disney+, there will be multiple live-action TV series set in a galaxy far, far away.
First, arriving with the service at launch on November 12, 2019, is The Mandalorian. Starring Pedro Pascal as the titular gunslinger six years after Return of the Jedi alongside Gina Carano and Carl Weathers, Jon Favreau’s series features episodes directed by Taika Waititi, Dave Filloni and Bryce Dallas Howard.
There is also a Rogue One prequel series in development following Cassian Andor and K-2SO. Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk return in the lead roles respectively, and has The Americans‘ Stephen Schiff as showrunner.
A third Star Wars series is also confirmed, although no details are available yet.
Key Release Dates
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
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