When Disney first bought the rights to one of the most popular movie franchises of all time, they seemed pretty adamant about cranking out Star Wars movies indefinitely. Years down the road, fans expected (or feared) the possibility that they would be watching Star Wars Episode XV or XX. And yet, according to Disney Chairman Bob Iger, Episode IX is the last Star Wars movie Disney has announced.
However, Bob Iger does state that there are other movies in development, only that they have not been announced, and they plan to take a break after the conclusion of the current trilogy, which concludes the Skywalker Saga.
Perhaps Disney wants to try their hand at some other means of media, or perhaps the significant controversy surrounding the Star Wars film since they took charge has urged them to take a step back and reassess their approach to presenting one of the world’s most beloved franchises. It’s really impossible to say, but what is certain is that Disney still isn’t letting up the gas for Star Wars media.
Officially the reason for the movie hiatus is so Disney can focus on television instead of film for a while. The new Mandalorian TV series will be launched for the premiere of Disney’s upcoming streaming service, and an as of yet untitled show based on Cassian Andor of Rogue One has been confirmed. How long these TV series will postpone the announcement of new Star Wars films is uncertain, but it can be reasonably assumed that their success will play a large role.
The Star Wars fan base is more divided now than it ever has been before (even during the era of bandwagon Prequel hating), and there’s no denying that it has everything to do with the direction Disney has taken the franchise. Some people love it, others think it’s the worst thing to befall Star Wars since its inception, horrific Christmas specials included.
Should Disney’s newest forays into Star Wars production fall mostly flat, there’s no telling what kind of effects it could have on the franchise. Shows could be cancelled. Video games may be axed before release, and the aforementioned hiatus could be extended indefinitely. None of these outcomes are fantastic for the Star Wars-loving community, but it is possible that there’s nothing for them to fear at all. After all, Star Wars has always been a lot like pizza; even when it’s bad, it still manages to be just good enough to enjoy.