The Star Wars film timelines haven't changed

The Star Wars film timelines haven't changed

The internet is awash with the news that Disney's Bob Iger has said that the Star Wars films will be "taking a bit of a hiatus" so that they can focus on their television plans - including The Mandalorian and the Obi-wan Kenobi series.

This might sound like Disney are keen to have a break from the Star Wars movie juggernaut - especially since D.B. Weiss and David Benioff backed away from their Star Wars project and Rian Johnson's trilogy is now less certain than it was. However, nothing has actually changed - Bob Iger has been saying there would be a "hiatus" after The Rise of Skywalker for a long time and this is just further confirmation that those plans were already set.

The Star Wars movie timeline has been planned out since the Fox merger was announced with Disney lining up a Star Wars film every other year, alternating with Avatar films - with the sequence kicking off with Avatar in December 2021. The next Star Wars film after The Rise of Skywalker was always scheduled to be released in December 2022 and as we understand it, this is still the plan - this allows almost three years before the next film needs to be complete and production of the next movie would likely not need to actually begin in earnest until 2021 to meet this date.

With Kevin Feige reportedly working on a Star Wars project, and Taika Waititi also in discussions following his work on The Mandalorian there isn't a shortage of talent currently developing Star Wars for the big screen - it's just that as expected it'll be a few years before the next film hits.

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