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Star Wars movies to “take a pause” after Episode IX

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We’re hours away from Star Wars Celebration kicking off in Chicago. The annual expo is wasting no time in rolling out the big guns, as it kicks off with a panel focusing on the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX. With all the secrecy surrounding the JJ Abrams-directed trilogy finisher, we’ve all been chomping at the bit to learn some details about the future of the Star Wars franchise.

We actually got treated to a couple of early surprises about Star Wars’ future even before this panel kicked off though, as Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that the film franchise will be taking a break after the release of Episode IX. Speaking to Bloomberg, Iger revealed that “We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter.”

There are movies in development, but we have not announced them.
We will take a pause, some time, and reset,” he said, “because the Skywalker saga comes to an end with this ninth movie. There will be other Stars Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.

This is not surprising at all. After the unprecedented box office failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney already admitted that may have been milking this cow too hard. With a Star Wars movie releasing every year since 2015’s The Force Awakens revived the franchise, some fans have been complaining about Force fatigue. Personally, I have zero problem with more Star Wars more of the time as long as they’re not churning out crap (which, in my own opinion, they haven’t done yet).

Luckily for people like me, despite the halt on the movies, we can still get our Star Wars fix in other areas. Namely, on the small screen. The marquee offering here will be Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian live-action series, and the Rogue One spinoff series focusing on Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor. There’s also the return of the much-beloved Star Wars: Clone Wars. All three will be airing on Disney+, as revealed earlier this morning.

Then there are also those “other Star Wars movies” that Iger refers to – these being The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s trilogy and Game of Thrones showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff’s own trilogy. All we know about the two projects thus far is that Johnson’s effort will be exploring a section of the Star Wars universe never seen before, while there are some wild rumours going around that Weiss and Benioff will be setting their tale in the Knights of the Old Republic Era.

Hopefully, we’ll get some more details for these this weekend. We’ll be providing coverage throughout the expo, but you can stream all the major panels live from both StarWars.com and on the official Star Wars YouTube channel. The Episode IX panel kicks off at 18:00 local time tonight. Other highlights for the weekend include the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order panel at 20:30 tomorrow, the Mandalorian Panel at 18:00 on Sunday, and the Clone Wars Panel at 22:30 on Sunday.

Last Updated: April 12, 2019

9 Comments

  1. Am i the only 1 that thinks Solo was good?

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    • Purple_Dragon

      April 12, 2019 at 17:21

      No, I thought it was great fun and Emelia Clarke.

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      • mr.gamerman

        April 12, 2019 at 17:21

        I thought the same

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        • Kervyn Cloete

          April 12, 2019 at 17:51

          I actually dug Solo as well. By far not the best Star Wars movie, but still quite a fun little adventure.

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          • CodeDisQus

            April 14, 2019 at 07:45

            I reckon they’ve all been good. I never understand the whole, too many movies, I mean, we get 1 start wars movie a year. It makes no sense that fans would NOT want to see SW movies every other year. I would think that the people producing the movies would complain since they gotta work to get the movies out so soon…..Oh well…… Also, Solo was cool, Rogue one was great and Ep. VII and VIII were awesome (IMO)

  2. TomDobo

    April 12, 2019 at 16:49

    I hope marvel’s movies take a long break also. These super hero films are becoming boring as fuck. Star Wars was being milked but i liked what they released so far

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      April 12, 2019 at 17:51

      Not a chance this will happen anytime soon. You may find them boring but overall the MCU is still a crazy popular and they’ve yet to properly stumble commercially or critically.

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      • TomDobo

        April 12, 2019 at 18:52

        This is true but personally Black Panther and Guardians part 2 sucked so bad. The only decent MCU films at the moment are the Avengers films. The quality is definitely getting worse.

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        • CodeDisQus

          April 14, 2019 at 07:45

          Also, the range of content they have is so so so deep. Marvel have 70 years worth of content to mine.
          Also, why would we NOT wanna get 3 superhero movies a year, that’s 1 every 4 months, when you think about it, it’s not that much. also SHAME ON YOU FOR thinking BP is bad hahahaha

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