Always in motion is the future of Star Wars, especially when it comes to the franchise’s movie business. On Thursday, Lucasfilm and Disney updated Star Wars fans with a development they felt was inevitable: The air war movie directed by Patty Jenkins Star Wars: Rogue Squad not occur, at least, not before that project’s expected December 2023 release date. It may not happen at all, ever.
Star Wars fans who expect the franchise to return to theaters will have to wait until December 2025, at the earliest. That’s when Disney theoretically plans to release an untitled Star Wars movie, with no clear indication of what it will be or who will make it. Another untitled Star Wars movie is on the books for 2027. Same story.
News of another Star Wars movie disappearing from Disney’s showtimes is now routine. Projects set in a galaxy far, far away announcedusually with attached marquee directors and writers, only to fail or be frustratingly missing in action. While Disney-owned Marvel Studios provides clear orientation on its theatrical system lasting until 2025Spanning at least nine feature films, Star Wars fans don’t know when, or even if, the series will actually return to theaters.
For now, Star Wars fans’ best hope seems to be the planned Star Wars theatrical project from writer-director Taika Waititi, who is about to receive a tedious Thor: Love and Thunder, something worrisome could happen. Projects in development set in the Star Wars galaxy by filmmakers Josh Trank, Colin Trevorrow, Patty Jenkins, David Benioff and DB Weiss have been scrapped or failed after directors corresponding act in Hollywood hit the fire. (Great quartet, Henry’s Book, Wonder Woman 1984and Game of Thrones‘final’s night.) Given Star Wars’ recent tumultuous history of attracting talent and then losing it, it’s not a safe bet that Waititi’s plans to expand the galaxy with characters and worlds are complete all new will come true.
This is also true for Star Wars Series Announced by Rian Johnson, published more than five years ago. For Johnson, both are targets for Star Wars fans because of his storytelling choices in the film The Last Jedi and a trio of Pull out the knife movies ended up at Netflix, it’s not hard to imagine that he would eventually leave the project to move on to something more laid-back. But at least Johnson himself seems upbeat, lately tell Indiewire his Star Wars project “at this point is just a matter of schedule and when it might happen. It would break my heart if I was done, if at some point I couldn’t go back to that sandbox.”
There’s also the gripping Star Wars movie produced by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, which seems like Feige is too busy to do right now. (The person who wrote about that project, Loki series creator and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Writer Michael Waldronsaid he was “busy, couldn’t write this little Star Wars movie” back in Maythe only real sign of life there.)
If any of those projects happen, they could be set in a previously unexplored Star Wars era,Episode IX – Events Rise of Skywalker. “We’re moving beyond existing sequels as we head into our cinematic space,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told Empire at this year’s Star Wars Celebration. “[The sequel era] is what we talk a lot about where we’re going with our movies and how far we’re going. That’s the space we’re focusing on. ”
Currently, Lucasfilm seems like the above content clinging to the pastand with the Disney Plus TV series, for a chance to tell Star Wars stories. There is a prequel Andorthis would make up the story of the Uprising that led to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; post-Return of the Jedi-series set Ahsoka, Mandalorianand Skeleton screw; and Acolytea less nostalgic journey into the past of Star Wars, set in 100 years before the events of the prequel era of George Lucas.
Whether Star Wars can return to its future and make it to the silver screen once again, remains to be seen. It may not matter: Star Wars is usually better when new movies don’t come out and dominate the cultural conversation. But Star Wars fans are used to waiting to be back in theaters: The 16-Year Gap Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace After all, at the cinema. They might have one more long lesson in patience.