(Left to right( Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), BB-8, D-O, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX
After the release of The Rise of Skywalker this December, Disney will not release a new Star Wars film until 2022. Here’s why this is a good move.
Recently, it was revealed by Disney that after the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December of this year, which is the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, the franchise will take a hiatus from making new movies until 2022.
This news has received mixed response from fans, as some believe taking a break from the franchise is a good thing, while others are saddened they will have to wait several years to see a new Star Wars movie in theaters.
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While personally, I am saddened by the cancellation of the anthology films, mainly the Obi-Wan Kenobi solo movie, I do think that it was a smart move by Disney to take a hiatus for a few years after the release of The Rise of Skywalker.
This will make fans begin to crave new Star Wars movies in the future
While this is certainly not the case for everyone, there is a growing trend in the Star Wars community that they have begun to be fatigued by the current pace of movies released under the Disney banner.
Especially after The Last Jedi divided the fan base and Solo: A Star Wars Story under performed at the box office, many fans are not as anxious to see The Rise of Skywalker, which in turn will hurt the franchise as a whole.
This issue similarly happened with the release of the prequel trilogy, which many fans had soured on by the release of Revenge of the Sith in 2005, after which, the franchise ceased making new movies for 10 years until 2015 with The Force Awakens.
This move made fans hungry for new Star Wars films once again, including the one’s that were disappointed with the prequels released a decade prior, leading to Star Wars: Episode VII becoming the first film in the franchise to gross over $2 billion at the box office.
While this hiatus is not as long, it could be enough to get fans to renew interest in the franchise, especially if The Rise of Skywalker is received more positively by the fans and ends the Skywalker Saga on a high note, then there will be a lot of anticipation for new films come 2022.