Star Wars Movies To Take A “Hiatus”, Disney+ TV Series Are The Focus Now

As the dust has settled after the end of the Skywalker saga in December 2019 with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, many are already curious to see just what Disney’s plans for the beloved franchise are. As it turns out, we won’t be getting any. For now, at least.

At a recent investor earnings call at Disney, CEO Bob Iger went on record to state that Star Wars movies will go on “hiatus” for the time being, and focus more on releasing new TV shows on Disney+, via a transcript on Fool. Here’s what he said on the matter:

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On the Star Wars front where as I had mentioned in previous calls, we’re taking a bit of a hiatus in terms of the theatrical release. We finished the nine-episode Skywalker saga and we’re developing both television and features. The priority in the next few years is television with The Mandalorian Season 2 coming in October and then more coming from The Mandalorian thereafter, including the possibility of infusing it with more characters and the possibility of taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series and then we have a prequel to Rogue One and [an Obi-Wan Kenobi] series also in development.

Disney CEO Bob Iger on future plans for Star Wars.

As Iger has stated, with the conclusion of the Skywalker saga, there are no immediate plans to get a new movie out, with the purpose of building on new storylines based around existing and new characters.

The most notable of these is, without doubt, The Mandalorian, whose second season will come in October on Disney+, as well as two other Disney+ titles in the Obi-Wan Kenobi solo series starring Ewan McGregor, and a Cassian Andor solo series starring the Rogue One character played by Diego Luna.

However, it is interesting that Iger pointed that out, given Disney’s recently-published release schedule, which indicates that a new Star Wars movie is slated to release in 2022, with two others coming in 2024 and 2026.

Whether the House of Mouse sticks to its plans remains to be seen, though it is highly probable that the new movies could ditch the trilogy format, and could be set about four centuries before the events of the Skywalker saga, and that this series of films could be kickstarted by a new video game under the Project Luminous multimedia project.

So as the Star Wars film franchise hunkers down to hibernate for a while, we’re certainly not without any new material elsewhere, mainly on Disney+.