Shortly after May the Fourth, this sudden Star Wars revelation popped up on Disney’s release schedule, which they updated just this Tuesday and which now includes projects from 20th Century Fox. Walt Disney Studios is moving around the debuts of various movies it inherited after buying the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets.
Disney Reveals Three More Star Wars Films Release Dates
After five straight years of new Star Wars movies, the studio made it clear that movies from the franchise will be on hiatus. But just days ago, Disney confirmed with the release schedule that fans would get another sequel—or new trilogy kickoff—in three years. In fact, Disney announced on Tuesday all of its release day plans for the next seven years!
As part of the recent revelation, Disney announced a trio of upcoming untitled Star Wars entries. These will hit theaters after Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker brings the Skywalker spinoff saga to a close this December 20, 2019. The first of the new three unnamed films will hit the big screen on Dec. 16, 2022. The two other follow-ups will premiere in the Christmas seasons of 2024 and 2026—on December 20 and December 18, respectively.
Disney hasn’t exactly announced the titles. They say The Rise of Skywalker is the final film of the sequel trilogy, though that doesn’t necessarily mean the adventures of Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, or Poe are over. We’ve also been hearing of rumors about an Obi-Wan Kenobi or Boba Fett standalone film.
Lucasfilm has given more hints for these upcoming releases. The official plans include a new Game of Thrones series from creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who will release their own Star Wars mythology set to be shown in films. Another hint is a trilogy of films written and directed by Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi director. News in November 2017 says that Lucasfilm emphasized a deviation from the familiar story line.
Other Huge Disney Film Announcements
Apparently, production pushed back James Cameron’s Avatar to another year. Originally planned to be released on December 18, 2020, Avatar 2 will be in theaters on December 17, 2021. This means that Avatar 3 will be moved to December 22, 2023, as opposed to December 17, 2021. Because of that, Avatar 4 will be out on December 19, 2025, instead of December 20, 2024. Avatar 5 will hit theaters on December 17, 2027. It seems that fans will have to wait a little longer to return to Pandora.
The schedule also shows two untitled Marvel films for 2020 and three each for 2021 and 2022. Contenders for those slots include a Black Widow prequel, original movies based on the Eternals and Shang-Chi, and sequels to Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
That’s not all. Disney packed 2019 full of live-action remakes, even following Lion King with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on November. 10, 2019. The schedule reveals what’s next. A remake of Mulan is set for March 27, 2020. On the other hand, Cruella, a live-action 101 Dalmatians spin-off starring Emma Stone, will launch on December 23. Disney has 8 “untitled live-action” projects sprinkled throughout 2021 and 2022. Many more adaptations will surely follow suit.
In 2020, the X-Men series will end with the release of The New Mutants on April 3, 2020. The YA adaptation for Artemis Fowl, formerly scheduled for August 9, 2019, will bow on May 29, 2020. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story adaptation will launch on December 18. The next year, Indiana Jones 5 is due in theaters on July 9, 2021.