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The Next Star Wars Movie Could Be Released On Disney+ — What Could This Mean For The Franchise’s Future?

Star Wars is nothing if not exciting to follow on a filmmaking front. Here is a franchise that’s had high highs and low lows. More than any other franchise out there, it seems to really have those extreme moments. And it’s not restricted to the films. The fandom has literally been split in two over the quality of the last several movies, seemingly making the science fantasy’s future a big, fat question mark.

But, no matter what, I think all of agree that another film at some point was inevitable. They, after all, have a theatrical release spot open every couple of years starting on December 2022 through 2026. Many of us are simply waiting to see who comes out to spearhead its development. Well, we finally have answer for you. Sort of.

THR is reporting that Sleight writer and director J.D. Dillard, along with Luke Cage and One Piece writer Matt Owens have been hired by the House of Mouse to develop their next movie. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Not so much. According to insiders, it is not clear whether or not this project is set to head to theaters or Disney+, Disney’s streaming service.

That’s right, we could be seeing a feature Star Wars movie play out on the small screen. Furthermore, this project is supposedly different from the project Kevin Feige is working on and different from what Rian Johnson is working on.

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Of course, it’s not a sure thing that this movie will end up on Disney+. Heck, it’s not a sure thing it’ll happen at all. However, given the negative trend of the theatrical releases (though all of them have been very profitable endeavors, make no mistake about that), it makes sense that Lucasfilm would want to re-think their approach going forward. This also comes on the heels of their Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, becoming a pop culture phenomenon. Perhaps they see the inherent value in telling smaller, less risky stories on their streaming service utilizing and developing the technology Jon Favreau helped pioneer with the latest Star Wars series.

While I don’t ever think Star Wars will be a strictly streaming entity any time in the near future, I think the move to create streaming movies was an inevitable one, especially if they want to tell different types of stories. As it stands, the franchise has had to lean into its epic, space-faring nature. This has somewhat limited its scope, ironically enough, making filmmakers have to stick to certain Star Wars-isms for fear of losing mainstream audiences. Only by going for different genres can they truly diversify, but on the big screen, without a Kevin Feige guiding, it’s a risk. Perhaps they see opportunity in exploring other ways they can expand the series.

But that’s all speculation on my part. Personally, I think this is good news. Whenever you have a studio willing to go smaller with a big property, it’s exciting. It gives them the opportunity to take more risks. Sure, it may result in more people hating it, but it can also lead to a stronger love from some fans, and currently, I think the most toxic emotion many fans are feeling now for Star Wars is apathy.

What do you think of this possibility? Are you as optimistic as I am? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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