Star Wars: Iger says movies will “go on hiatus” after Episode IX

Star Wars movies will take a break after The Rise of Skywalker, but fans will still have plenty of content.

After Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, there will be several years before a new franchise movie hits theaters.

In the words of Disney CEO Bob Iger, Star Wars movies will “into a hiatus for a few years.”

We already knew this as Disney previously announced the next movie wouldn’t hit until 2022 – three years from now. That movie was supposed to the one David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were working on, but since their departure we haven’t heard any clear direction.

It’s unclear if the hiatus is still the planned three-year gap or something that may be longer.

The departure of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss put that the immediate Star Wars movies into question. Although Rian Johnson and Kevin Fiege are still expected to create movies for Lucasfilm, it seems their productions are just talks at this time and there aren’t any concrete ideas.

Since we’ve been getting movies again since 2015 and big-time blockbusters sell, it’s a little disappointing to have to wait for new movies. It’s a different age for Star Wars movies.

There was a time where the original trilogy was all we thought we would get. Then in 1999, The Phantom Menace came out and we were given another trilogy. Then The Force Awakens began a run of five movies in four years.

That seemed like a lot for the franchise. It came with mixed results with some movies becoming worldwide hits with others being marginal successes.

However, the good news is that even though we may have to wait at least three years for another movie, we aren’t without content.

Disney+ has changed that. The Mandalorian is set to premiere on Tuesday. It’s the first live-action Star Wars series with two more announced – and apparently more in various stages of development. While it may feel as though we may be missing out on the big event without a movie, this is actually a fun time for fans.

There has never been a time where we have gotten so much Star Wars. While movies are going on a hiatus after Episode IX, the franchise is not.

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The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters worldwide on December 19.

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