In September a year ago, Disney CEO Bob Iger admitted after the lackluster performance of "Solo: A Star Wars Story", a one-off film in the franchise, that the "Star Wars" release schedule was too frenetic.
We've had way too many "Star Wars" films coming out over the past few years, and the quality has noticeably taken a hit.
If you're not in the loop when it comes to the inner workings of the entertainment business, this might come as news to you: Disney now owns Fox.
While Disney will launch the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December, the next film in the franchise won't be seen until December 2022.
"Avatar" remains the top-grossing film of all time, with $2.79 billion in worldwide box office sales, but superhero extravaganza "Avengers: Endgame" is hot on its heels at $2.24 billion and rapidly climbing. Four forthcoming Avatar films, expanding the vibrant world of Pandora, will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2021. One is the first entry in a new trilogy from writer/director Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), which will expand the scope of the Star Wars films beyond what we've already seen and take us to new, unexplored corners of the galaxy.
Though it was technically purchased by Disney, the company is choosing to release this dramatic book adaptation under 20th Century Fox.
My friends, this is great news.
The Walt Disney Co. has released its new release calendar for the next several years, and the "pause" that Lucasfilm has talked about with its Star Wars films is going to last three years, with new titles dropping every other year after that. Previously scheduled to bow in theaters this August, it will instead arrive in April of 2020.
Aladdin: May 24, 2019 Dark Phoenix: June 7, 2019 Toy Story 4: June 21, 2019 Stuber: July 12, 2019 The Lion King: July 19, 2019 The Art of Racing in the Rain: Aug. 9, 2019 Ready or Not: Aug. 23, 2019 Ad Astra: Sep. Well guess what, Disney answered that question for us today.