For all Star Wars fans around the globe, Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced surprising news for you. He said that there’s a whole lot more planned throughout the next decade and a half. At least, we will have 12 movies before 2030. Perhaps more, if Disney decides it wants to release more than one movie a year.
Just for your information, Disney have purchased Lucasfilm and all the rights to Star Wars in 2012. So that’s why we have already seen two movies (Rogue One and The Force Awakens), a third is in the can, and a fourth is in production as we speak. Also, Disney has prepared for The fifth film.
I know what you are thinking. It all feels like over-saturation, but you should get used to it. Force Friday is going to arrive every September like Christmas. The good is we will be getting at least one new Star Wars movie a year until audiences stop paying to see these movies.
Speaking at a recent conference, Iger had this to say, as recorded by The Hollywood Reporter.
“We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories.”
What will We Have Before 2030?
In December 2015, Star Wars fever was at an all-time high as the first movie in ten years, the first in thirty to include the original cast, hit theaters. The Force Awakens was a huge hit, and it paved the way for an army of new films to appear in its wake.
The first of which was Rogue One, the kick-off chapter in LucasFilm’s new series of anthology movies. This December, we’re getting the direct sequel to The Force Awakens, which is titled The Last Jedi. And then in May, 2018, we get Han Solo and Star Wars 9 for a summer 2019 release. But what happens beyond that? Disney isn’t letting anyone in on the secret just yet.
So far, we already know that three Star Wars Stories planned from the jump. A standalone Boba Fett movie was supposed to follow Rogue One. But those plans changed when Disney fired director Josh Trank following his bomb at Fantastic Four reboot. Disney then scraped immediate plans for the Bounty Hunter’s return. So that’s why we have Han Solo movie. The third spin-off is still unknown, but the release schedule will be in 2020. Either we have the Boba Fett, or the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie we’ve heard murmurs about.
Recently, Star Wars 9 revealed that these incoming movies will no longer feature or rely on legacy characters. What that means is uncertain. But it sounds like there won’t be too many spin-offs based on existing characters. However, the chance of it is not closed yet. We could get spin-offs for some of the newer characters such as Cassian Andor and K-2SO.
Not just in theater, Disney also has planned on TV near future. Rumors said Star Wars Rebels Season 3, will renew for Season 4. Still, many younger fans expect Lucasfilm will announce a new animated series at Star Wars Celebration. And a Star Wars live action TV series has been planned and discussed for over a decade. That may happen soon, as well. Perhaps we’ll learn more after Star Wars 8 hits theaters later this year.