Disney Is Planning Star Wars Movies for 2021 "And Beyond"

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 - 2:45PM
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 - 2:45PM
Disney Is Planning Star Wars Movies for 2021 "And Beyond"
We've already picked up on some rumors for new Star Wars releases as well as glimpses of the new Rogue One movie, but this new piece of info from Disney's Bob Iger is a big one. Hardcore Star Wars fans know that Disney plans to release a new Star Wars movie every year until 2019. So far, the line-up is thus:

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Release Date: December 16, 2016
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII, Release Date: December 15, 2017
  • Young Han Solo Movie, Release Date: May 25, 2018
  • Star Wars: Episode IX, Release Date: 2019


And that's about it. After 2019, we enter into unknown territory. Now, Mr. Iger has revealed they're already planning out movies well into 2021:

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"I had a meeting yesterday with Kathy Kennedy and we mapped out - well, we reviewed - the 'Star Wars' plans that we have 'til 2020," Iger said. "We have movies in development for 'Star Wars' 'til then, and we started talking about what we're going to do in 2021 and beyond."

"So, she's not just making a 'Star Wars' movie, she's making a 'Star Wars' universe, of sorts," he added.

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Kathy Kennedy, for those who don't know, is the producer attached to Disney's Star Wars projects and "the high priestess of the relaunched Star Wars enterprise." Bob Iger, of course, is the CEO of Disney. The pattern established by Disney's release schedule suggests that the 2020 film is going to be a new "anthology" film, possibly the long-awaited Boba Fett standalone. 

It's interesting (although not at all surprising) that Iger and Kennedy are already planning past 2019 and into the future when the first anthology film, Rogue One, hasn't even been released. What's even more interesting is that, according to The Playlist, Iger has called Rogue One an experiment, and one that he doesn't expect to do as well as The Force Awakens:

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"We never felt it would do the level that 'Force Awakens' did," Iger said on a Goldman Sachs conference call today, while he also notes, "The level of interest [in 'Rogue One'] is as high as it was for 'Force Awakens.'"
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the strange world of movie production, where you're planning five years ahead before the first 'experiment' is done. May the Force be with your planning committee, Disney.

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