The Star Wars film schedule is something that seemed destined to change for some time. Back when the current slate of films — both saga and spinoff — were announced a few years back, it seemed like we’d be getting three star wars films over the course of 18 or so months. We’d be getting Star War: The Force Awakens in December 2015, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in December 2016, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi in May of 2017.
It was an interesting shift from December to May, but when The Force Awakens did so well in its December slot, and when they moved Episode 8 to December of 2017, it seemed that LucasFilm was open to the idea of Star Wars ultimately becoming a Christmas affair, rather than a summer one. Star Wars Episode 9, as well as elusive third anthology film, however, have remained, up until now, with unconfirmed release dates, so there was no way of knowing what the studio was planning for the long term. Would the Han Solo’s May 2018 release date be something that shepherds in a new film every half-year, or would it simply indicate that summer was the new home for the franchise?
Now, Disney has finally announced a release date for Star Wars Episode 9. According to the studio, the film will be hitting theaters on May 24, 2019, roughly a year after the Han Solo film. This seems to confirm that Star Wars will be a summer property going forward.
But is this a good idea?
With each passing year, the summer season seems to grow ever more crowded with big tentpole films. The fact that we could rely on one big film — Star Wars — to hit in the holiday season seemed like a smart one. Plus, given the big success the franchise has had in that release slot in the past two years, it seemed like a bit of a risk to throw Star Wars in the thick of summer. However, one cannot dismiss the fact that summer means summer vacation, so any grosses made during Christmas could likely be amplified thanks to a bigger moviegoing population in that season.
Will it pay off? We’ll have to wait and see. All it means for fans like us is that starting this December, we will be getting three Star Wars films within 18 months, which I can’t imagine too many people complaining about.
What do you think? Is this a smart move for Disney? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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