Those hoping for more Star Wars movies after Episode IX will be disappointed to know that Disney’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger has announced that the film franchise will go on “a bit of a hiatus” following Episode IX’s release in December.
“We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter. There are movies in development, but we have not announced them,” Iger said in a interview with Bloomberg.
Episode IX will be the ninth Star Wars film centred around the Skywalker Saga, and will see the saga, which started with 1977’s A New Hope, coming to a close. After the release of Episode IX, which does not yet have a title, Iger says that the franchise will focus more on TV projects, presumably for the upcoming Disney+.
“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.”
So while we might need to wait a little while longer for films such as the ones being produced by Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s director Rian Johnson, and Game of Thrones series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, at least we will still be getting plenty of shows on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+.
For now, we know of two Star Wars TV series that will be making its way to Disney+, one is titled The Mandalorian, and the other is an untitled prequel TV series focusing on Cassian Andor, starring Diego Luna who played the character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Prequel.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be released on December 20, 2019.