UPDATE: Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that the next Star Wars will be the one steered by Game of Thrones producers D. B. Weiss and David Benioff. Interestingly, in his statement, Iger said “…the next movie that we release will be theirs and we’re not saying anything more about that.” Notice the term “movie”, as in singular. Theoretically that could mean it’s just a one-off rather than the start of a new trilogy. However, the original announcement of Weiss and Benioff to the Star Wars galaxy stated that their involvement was to guide an as-of-yet defined new trilogy. Likely that still holds.
Deck the multiplexes with boughs of Disney.
That’s what’s in store for the coming decade. Through the heart of the 2020s, the Mouse House will swap between its two biggest non-Marvel IPs over seven sequential holiday seasons.
Starting in December 2021, the long-delayed Avatar 2 will finally launch the four sequels now being filmed in one massive project by director James Cameron. By the time it’s all wrapped, Avatars 3, 4, and 5 will follow, every other Christmas.
In between those Avatar off-years? A new Star Wars trilogy.
Sans Skywalkers, the new triptych saga will likely be either the one conceived by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson or the other one spearheaded by Game of Thrones gurus D. B. Weiss and David Benioff. Disney did not announce which one of the two it will be, or what it will be about. For that matter, it could be a third option that they’ve yet to even reveal, or perhaps a non-serialized trio of various stand-alones (though I consider that the least likely of possibilities). See UPDATE above.
If you’re the Type-A who likes to plan ahead, here’s what you need to schedule around for your holidays throughout the 20s:
- Avatar 2 – December 17, 2021
- Untitled Star Wars – December 2022
- Avatar 3 – December 22, 2023
- Untitled Star Wars – December 2024
- Avatar 4 – December 19, 2025
- Untitled Star Wars – December 2026
- Avatar 5 – December 17, 2027
Interestingly, Avatar 2 had been on pace for December 2020, so why wait?
Well, aside from the benefit of giving its massive post-production more time *while also* allowing another 12 months for the new Star Wars films to be ready for the off-years, there’s one last bit of corporate synergy at play – from the world’s biggest director: Steven Spielberg
December 18, 2020 will see Spielberg’s West Side Story rumble its way into theaters. A film that began as a 20th Century Fox production has now, along with that studio, also been absorbed by the Disney behemoth.
Then, five days later on December 23, 2020, Disney proper will release Cruella, the live action family feature based on the iconic villain from 101 Dalmatians. It stars Oscar-winner Emma Stone.
Buckle up. It won’t be long before we get a steady yuletide diet of Na’vi and Jedi, with a Jets/Sharks/Dalmatian appetizer.