A rather odd thing happened this summer; a Star Wars movie underperformed at the box office. In May Disney and Lucasfilm released Solo: A Star Wars Story a mere five months after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Despite doing very well critically Solo: A Star Wars Story underperformed at the domestic and worldwide box office. Fans and critics were beginning to wonder if Star Wars could get a release every year like Marvel or Pixar could.
The Hollywood Reporter recently did an interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger and he admitted that there were some issues regarding timing when the idea of too many Star Wars movies came up.
I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven’t been specific about. And we are just at the point where we’re going to start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s. But I think we’re going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.
At the moment we have plenty of Star Wars content in the works. We have a new animated show coming out this year plus some content coming to the streaming service. There are still books, comics, plus Episode IX in fifteen months. The next year or so is going to be interesting to see what Disney and Lucasfilm decide to do but we probably shouldn’t expect a Star Wars movie on the big screen in 2020. If Lucasfilm decides they want that to happen they’ll have to announce, cast, and start production on something soon.
Star Wars: Episode IX, directed by J.J. Abrams, stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams.
It will be flying into theaters December 20th, 2019.