The Star Wars Franchise Just Got Bigger As Disney Announces 3 New Films
Months went by and still, news about the next Star Wars film remained dormant. Shrouded in secrecy, not a leak escaped the studio before audiences were finally rewarded for their patience by way of the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, along with the big reveal that Original Trilogy villain Emperor Palpatine will make his return.
There’s no denying that the Star Wars franchise has gone from strength to strength, with successful spin-off films attracting crowds as big as the original trilogy. Certainly, this is a storyline that no one wants to end and thankfully, Disney has answered our prayers.
Walt Disney Studios has announced a string of release date shifts, as well as news that there will be a trio of untitled Star Wars entries added to the repertoire. These will hit theatres after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brings the Skywalker spinoff saga to a close this December.
The first of the new three films will hit the big screen on December 16, 2022. There will then be two other follow-ups that will premiere in the Christmas corridor on December 20, 2024 and December 18, 2026.
For those hoping to return to the world of James Cameron’s Avatar, unfortunately you’ll have to wait a little longer. Cameron’s long-awaited and often delayed follow-up to the original has been delayed yet again, with Avatar 2 hitting theatres in December of 2021 instead of 2020, as originally planned. The follow ups will then be released every other year at the same time.
This suggests that Disney will be poised to dominate the holiday movie-going season, alternating between Avatar and Star Wars after the company inherited the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets in a $71.3 billion mega-merger.
Cameron, who is renowned for frequently going over schedule as well as over budget, has delayed Avatar several times already. Initially, it was supposed to come out in 2014 but was stalled. The release announcement comes as Avengers: Endgame looks poised to topple Avatar as the all-time box office champion with a global haul of over $US2.2 billion.
Also included in the announcement was the news of new release dates for X-Men spinoff The New Mutants, the Brad Pitt sci-fi film Ad Astra, and the literary adaptation Artemis Fowl, which shifts to May 2020. The studio also dated the Cruella de Vil film, which will likely see Emma Stone portray the titular role, for Christmas next year.