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Next Three Star Wars Films Pushed Back to 2023, 2025, 2027 Due to COVID-19

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    COVID-19 has pushed several of Disney's major tentpoles back, and Lucasfilm's next three Star Wars releases are among the list of films delayed.





    Disney (via Variety) has officially revealed that the release dates for the next batch of theatrically-released Star Wars movies will shift from the Decembers of 2022, 2024, and 2026 to December 22, 2023, December 19, 2025, and December 17, 2027. These movies are not a new trilogy, but are merely dates reserved for future projects that have not necessarily been decided upon at this point in time. Projects in development at Lucasfilm that may take these slots include Taika Waititi's film (which he's just started writing), Kevin Feige's produced film, and Rian Johnson's trilogy. It remains to be seen if the trilogy intended to be developed by the Game of Thrones showrunners (said to involve the origins of the Jedi) will find a new creative team, or if that idea will be shelved or repurposed.



    The Star Wars delays coincide with the latest, and hopefully last, set of delays for James Cameron's four Avatar sequels, which will now arrive in the Decembers of 2022, 2024, 2026, and 2028. The first three of those were dates reserved for Star Wars movies, so Disney clearly isn't giving up that real estate for anyone. And, should those release dates hold, it will mean that James Cameron will finally complete his Avatar saga ahead of the twentieth anniversary of his franchise. Filming on those movies are underway with minimal interruptions, so it's curious to see why Disney would push the release dates back so much.



    Mulan, which was set to release just before COVID-19 shut everything down, will now arrive at an unspecified point in time. Curiously, there are no changes to the Marvel Studios slate, although delays will likely happen in the coming months. There are a host of other new release dates for various other Disney projects, which will be covered on Movie News Net.



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    News like this would be more meaningful if we knew anything about said projects.
     
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    I agree with Jack. I am sad, but not devastated because I don’t know what these movies were going to be about in the first place. What irks me tremendously is that 1) there’s no change to the Marvel movies (I already dislike those films and it looks like we’re getting heaping amounts of it, as usual) and 2) the Disney+ slate they have planned until 2023 does not sound as interesting as I had hoped six months ago (Kenobi I like of course, check out my Avatar. But Cassian, Bad Batch, and the possible Lando would not be my first picks for shows.)
     
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    ^Same
     
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    Well, one might have expected something like this. That's too bad, because I still think that SW's core appeal is in theatrical movies, no matter how good the Disney+ shows may be. From what is announced and rumored, it feels like they use streaming for the stuff on the side, the scoundrels and bounty hunters and the stuff that fills in the gaps in the timeline, while I'm sure new movies will be more Force/Jedi-myth oriented, which all things considered I like best.
     
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    I wonder how much of this is actually “covid related” or more of “not having a coherent plan” related
     
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    I share these thoughts as well. Though maybe pushing the release date back an extra year will end up being a gift from the force, and we'll have a really great film to watch when the time does come.
     
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    I think this was inevitable whether covid had happened or not. They just seem to announce stuff before they are ready. I just want whatever comes next to be because some one pitches a really great story idea and they build a great script.
    Not they just hire the most recent flash in the pan director/producer at the last minute give them 12 seconds to come up with a script, reshoot half of it and then blame fans for picking it apart......
     
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    Well... no one could have prepared for a pandemic... so obviously. Assuming everything goes well with vaccine research they should be okay. Also, keep in mind they have + projects also.
     
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    Whatever the case may be, it will give them more time to make plans more coherent. If Taika Waititi is writing his script now, according to reports, and if his film is the first to be released (one might assume), then he is 3 years 5 months out from release. That is more than Abrams and Kasdan had for TFA. 3 years 5 months before that came out, Disney hadn't even bought Lucasfilm yet.

    What I'm more concerned about is hearing that the three announced movies don't constitute a trilogy. Gives me a "let's throw things against the wall and see what sticks" vibe. I think Disney+ is the right place for standalone, smaller projects. The films should be the big continuation/expansion of the Saga (yes, capital S!) that is Star Wars. I'm not sure at this point if a standalone feature can provide that.
     
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    Well i'm not 100% sure it will be Taika, Thor 4 is currently due out February 2022, he also has another film "Next Goal Wins" due out before then. So gonna be quite a tight turnaround between releasing that get prepared for star wars and filming and releasing it. What we don't want is another rushed production.

    The whole Taika thing worries me anyway, it smack of again Lucas film going after a director whose hot at the moment and hoping they can come up with a story that will save them rather then, going for the director or writer who pitches the best story.

    Also not really a fan of Taika comedy in star wars, the opening scene of his episode of the mandalorian felt more like a sketch than part of the episode and that felt very Taika while the rest of the episode felt much more Favreau writing. I don't really want to see a star wars film go the Thor route and while i really like Taika work, (Jo Jo Rabbit was my favorite film of last year) i'm yet to see him write anything that isn't mainly comedy and I don't want that for star wars.
     
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    I completely agree with the sentiment, neither do I. But I also strongly believe that directors should't be pigeonholed. Sure, some have a discernible style and voice, which will always come through. But if they do franchise work, they may very well be able to dial their quirks back in service of the coherence of the franchise. Don't know how well that worked for Taika's Thor (haven't seen it), but his Mandalorian episode wasn't overly comedic, opening scene aside. And that was a brand of humor we also got in other episodes, so I don't see that specifically as a Taika Waititi influence. Remember that Peter Jackson was mainly known for horror films before he made The Lord of the Rings. And Schindler's List was a big departure for Spielberg. To some extent, one needs to trust decisions on how creatives become attached to their projects. The end result will tell whether it was a good decision.
     
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    Ow completely Taika may completely surprise us and do something different I hope he does I just worry Lucas film went "ow Taika Waititi's comedy style is in fashion at the moment lets get him to do that in star wars." I hope I'm wrong but that's my worry.
     
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    I understand that, and I share the worry. I just think that Lucasfilm are aiming at a strategy now that sees more "experimental" SW taking place on Disney+. That's kind of what it's there for, no? We know next to nothing about what the new movies are going to be, but my sense is that they will want to continue the saga, not with numerical episodes necessarily (although I do think that's eventually going to happen as well), but in terms of the larger themes and tropes: the Force, light side/dark side conflict. lightsaber battles, grand galactic conflict. Whoever directs those will, I think, be given the tone of the OT as the benchmark. So, fun? Yes. Outright comedy? No.
     
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    I’m a little concerned over the lack of news going on, and I want to know what you guys think (because perhaps we’re all getting jumpy from the pandemic.) My personal opinion is that Disney can be doing a LOT more regarding releasing news for fans. This can be something as simple as releasing more excerpts from upcoming books, tidbits about the Bad Batch, plot info for more High Republic, or even promotional videos for past movies like the Sequel Trilogy. Something, just to keep things alive and exciting.
    Instead, google the news for “Star Wars” and you will find the loudest voices in the room belong to, not Disney, but angry guys like “Doomcock” who spread ridiculous unfounded “truths,” damaging the brand and dividing the fandom. Disney needs to re-take the narrative.
     
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    I think there are two primary reasons for that.

    Firstly, they have a lot they are working on, and it has to be at a certain level of completion before announcing it, revealing more info, etc. etc. If you announce something to early (ie, the Boba Fett film that never happened, or even all the issues with directors), that's bad press, and certainly not a good look. With things being iffy in regards to reception, they're playing things a little close to the chest.
    And besides, since LFL was bought, news has been slow compared to what Marvel does. So, I can't say I am terribly surprised about the lack of announcements. If there really are nine or so projects being worked on for Disney+, then that will be a very exciting news day that will make up for the dry spell.

    Secondly, I think the pandemic has slowed some of the announcing plans even more. Even the tantalizing "Project Luminous" was pushed back, and it's just books and such. I suspect we'll get some news before long.
     
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    Well we should hopefully be getting more details & maybe even a trailer for The Mandalorian S2 this month plus celebration was meant to be occurring next week so whatever they were going to revelat it will now probably be released in smaller chunks in the coming weeks & months
     
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    Man, that sucks. Patience has always payed off in the past so im sure itll pay off now. These films are goi g to be amazing!
     
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