Disney has completely reworked its film release schedule in response to the current global health crisis, which includes Star Wars film delays.
Since March 2020, the film and TV landscape in the United States has changed drastically. Up until now, movie release dates kept getting pushed back by months or even weeks, always with the hope that it would become safe enough for theaters to re-open.
After nearly five months of uncertainty, one of the biggest players in the film industry has taken initiative and postponed many of its planned releases for the coming years.
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In the case of Star Wars projects specifically, everything has officially been pushed back a year. There will not be a new movie releasing in 2022 as originally planned.
According to Deadline, a Disney spokesperson admitted the pandemic has made it nearly impossible to predict when the film industry will return to a regular release schedule.
“Over the last few months, it’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis, and today that means pausing our release plans for ‘Mulan’ as we assess how we can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world.”
There were three Star Wars films originally scheduled to release over the next six years: one in 2022, another in 2024, and a third in 2026. The untitled films will now reportedly release in mid-December 2023, 2025, and 2027.
A year isn’t too long of a wait. Unless you consider the fact that we’re now going to have a four-year gap between Star Wars movie releases between The Rise of Skywalker (2019) and the film set to release in 2023.
Whether this will turn out in Disney fans’ favor in the end is just one of many unknowns that lie ahead. For now, we’ll all just have to continue re-watching our favorite Star Wars movie moments while we wait for the next chapter in Star Wars filmmaking to unfold.
What are your hopes for the next movie?