Since the departure of former Game of Thrones showrunners Benioff and Weiss from the next Star Wars trilogy, there has been one burning question. Will the next Star Wars movies be delayed, given the fact that no one is currently attached to developing them? I have to say, I guessed they would. Looks like I may have been wrong, and this worries me greatly.
The dates set for the next three Star Wars movies were December of 2022, 24, and 26. That means we are currently less than three years from the proposed release date of the first movie. However, in the most recent schedule release direct from Disney, all three Star Wars movies dates remain set for the same schedule. You can find this schedule list in the source section below if you want to take a look at all the untitled Marvel movies. I’ll save you some time and tell you there’s nothing to see we didn’t already know.
Now, let’s explore this decision. Bob Iger has come out and said that he regrets moving so quickly on Star Wars. He’s said time and again since Solo that they produced too much, too fast. I, therefore, cannot understand the decision to leave the current dates set of the next three Star Wars movies. How about, for once, maybe cancel the first movie and give them till 2024 to get this one right? Even that is an extreme option. Disney, can I’m sure play around with the schedules and at least give Star Wars an extra year of development time?
For the moment though, it appears like Star Wars 22 (it’ll do for now) is still moving ahead. The problem with this, of course, is that no one has yet been locked down to develop this project (that we know of). If Iger had someone locked down for Star Wars, then they’d tell us. The only benefit to not announcing a director, is to allow for negotiation room. Ergo, it’s not locked down yet. Is it possible that Lucasfilm and Disney actually have a lock on someone else? Yes, it’s possible, it is just highly unlikely at this point. Everything Iger has said about Star Wars on film has been a slow-down, a “let’s not be too hasty Master Meriadoc” approach.
I have to conclude then, and I could be wrong, that Disney is pushing ahead with the December 2022 date. And I also must conclude that they are doing this without having signed anyone up to develop the movie. That’s a bad mix, and I fear another rush job like the sequel trilogy was. However, there is one other possibility, and it’s pretty tame, but reasonable.
Disney could still have every intention of cancelling that Star Wars movie in 2022. They may still be in negotiation with creatives as to who is going to make the next Star Wars movie, or movies. They may simply not want to create a news story around the fact they have canceled the film, especially when they don’t yet have anyone locked down. Who says they can’t have another schedule they are actively working on, just waiting for the go ahead from The Mouse? Maybe the fact there is no cancellation is less of a story, less of a focus than if they keep the status quo? This would allow them to agree to time demands if they choose to, for another director/producer.
All anyone outside Disney can say, for now, is that the next Star Wars movie remains dated for December, 2022. It still has no one attached, rumoured or otherwise, and we still don’t know what comes next. I still think that is going to change, others disagree. If Disney does not delay the next Star Wars movie, it worries me we will have another rushed project. Right now Star Wars needs a win amongst the fans, because too many people are losing interest in this franchise.
What do you think of all this? Worried, agree with me it’ll still change, think they have a masterplan? Talk it out in the usual spot below.
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