Ever since 2015, Disney has been gracious enough to give us one Star Wars movie a year, but plans were suddenly shifted after the lackluster performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The franchise is going to be taking a 2-year break after the release of The Rise of Skywalker, and though fans think this is Disney’s idea, it actually came from Lucasfilm president Kathy Kennedy.
The LA Times writes that it was Kennedy who approached Disney CEO Bob Iger about putting a pause on Star Wars for a while. She said:
“We’re literally making this up from whole cloth and bringing in filmmakers to find what these stories might be… It can take a while before you find what direction you might want to go. We need the time to do that.”
After TROS, the next Star Wars film is set to come out in 2022. The movie was originally supposed to be helmed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, but after they left it looks like Lucasfilm has found someone else to take over. We don’t know who that is yet, but we should be expecting an announcement come January 2020.
Personally I liked the one-film-a-year format. It always made me excited for Star Wars year-round, while at the same time not make me too sick of too many entries (like with Marvel, admittedly). Then again, with Disney+, it’s possible for Lucasfilm to keep making more Star Wars, but this time the risk is minimized. Fingers crossed we get a Solo 2.
For now, fans wait for the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which hits theaters Dec. 20.