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.
It isn’t known yet what those new movies will be. The Rise of Skywalker is said to be the final film of the sequel trilogy, though that doesn’t necessarily mean the adventures of Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, or Poe are over. There have long been rumors of an Obi-Wan Kenobi or Boba Fett standalone film as well.
Lucasfilm has given some hints for these upcoming releases. The formal plans include a new series from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who will carve out their own Star Wars mythology in what’s expected to be a set of films. Another hint is a trilogy of films written and directed by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. When news broke in November 2017, just before the release of Johnson’s Last Jedi, Lucasfilm emphasized a disconnect from the familiar arc.
Other Huge Disney Film Announcements
James Cameron’s long-awaited and often-delayed follow-up to Avatar has been pushed back another year. Originally planned for December 18, 2020, Avatar 2 will hit theaters on December 17, 2021. Its move means that Avatar 3 will open on December 22, 2023, as opposed to December 17, 2021. Consecutively, Avatar 4 will bow on December 19, 2025, instead of December 20, 2024. And Avatar 5 will launch on December 17, 2027. Moviegoers will have to wait a little longer to return to Pandora, it seems.
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 as we know it is scheduled to 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.