Walt Disney Studios: Next Three Star Wars Films to Be Released in December of 2022, 2024, and 2026
Walt Disney Studios has released their upcoming schedule of films for all franchises now that their acquisition of Fox is complete, including what we care about most, Star Wars! After The Rise of Skywalker, the “hiatus” for Star Wars films will last three years, with the next Star Wars film set to hit theaters on December 16, 2022, followed by ones in 2024 and 2026. Here is the official press release from Disney Studios.
The Walt Disney Studios has unveiled its upcoming slate following the recent acquisition of the Fox film studios, including changes to previously dated films and a number of major additions.
After kicking off with the record-setting success of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, The Walt Disney Studios’ 2019 summer slate includes Disney’s Aladdinon May 24, Fox’s Dark Phoenix on June 7, Pixar’s Toy Story 4 on June 21, Fox’s Stuber on July 12, and Disney’s The Lion King on July 19. Fox 2000’s The Art of Racing in the Rain moves up to Aug. 9, and Fox Searchlight’s Ready or Not will release on Aug. 23, while three films move to later dates: Ad Astra (9/20/19), The New Mutants (4/3/20), and Artemis Fowl (5/29/20).
The Studios’ 2019 slate rounds out with Fox’s The Woman in the Window on Oct. 4 and Ford V. Ferrari on Nov. 15, Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on Oct. 18 and Disney Animation’s Frozen 2 on Nov. 22, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Dec. 20, and Blue Sky Studios’ Spies in Disguise, moving from September to Christmas. Among early 2020 titles are Fox’s Underwater on Jan. 10, a new Kingsman movie on Feb. 14, and Call of the Wild on Feb. 21, followed by Pixar’s Onward on March 6 and Disney’s Mulan on March 27.
The updated calendar also sets release dates for major franchises Avatar and Star Wars. With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker bringing the original Skywalker Saga to its conclusion, three new as-yet-untitled Star Wars films will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2022. Four forthcoming Avatarfilms, expanding the vibrant world of Pandora, will release on the pre-Christmas weekend every other year beginning in 2021. In the holiday corridor for 2020, Fox’s West Side Story adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, will debut Dec. 18 in the pre-Christmas slot, with Disney’s Cruella opening Wednesday, Dec. 23, for the long holiday weekend.
“We’re excited to put in place a robust and diverse slate that lays the foundation of our long-term strategy, bringing together a breadth of films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fox, Fox Searchlight, and Blue Sky Studios to create an extraordinary collection of cinematic experiences for audiences around the world,” said Cathleen Taff, President, Theatrical Distribution, Franchise Management, and Business & Audience Insights, The Walt Disney Studios. “With a strong summer already in place, we are eager to carry that momentum forward over the coming years thanks to a creative wellspring of bold and imaginative stories coming from our world-class studios – including several new chapters of two revered franchises, Avatar and Star Wars.”
The full schedule for all films under the Disney umbrella was released, but for your Lucasfilm-only version, Lucasfilm publicist Chris Argyropoulos mapped it out succinctly in a tweet:
12/20/19 STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
7/9/21 UNTITLED INDIANA JONES
12/16/22 UNTITLED STAR WARS
12/20/24 UNTITLED STAR WARS
12/18/26 UNTITLED STAR WARS
— Chris Argyropoulos (@ThatChrisA) May 7, 2019
Of course now that we know there will only be three Star Wars films through 2026, let the speculation begin. Will these be the films by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss? Rian Johnson? Alternating between the two? Something else entirely?
We will keep you posted as more details emerge about Lucasfilm/Disney’s plans for the future of Star Wars films after the Skywalker saga ends later this year. In the meantime, we’ll have exciting new content on Disney+ to hold us over until 2022.
SOURCE: Walt Disney Studios/Lucasfilm