While we can’t say it’s a surprise, Disney chief Bob Iger has promised us that we will not be seeing the end of Star Wars anytime soon.
Iger has said that he and LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy are mapping out Star Wars movies from 2021 and beyond.
So far we know that after Rogue One this Christmas we’ll be getting Episode VIII in 2017, another standalone in 2018, Episode IX in 2019 and a third standalone in 2020:
“To that end, the studio has already announced two more planned sequels to its series of films centered on the Skywalker clan, as well as spinoffs about a plot to steal plans for the Death Star and a Han Solo origin story. They have also found a writer for another spinoff, expected to debut in 2020. Those films will hit theaters over the next four years, but Iger signaled to investors at a Goldman Sachs conference on Wednesday that Disney is looking beyond that date for ways to exploit the Jedi Knights and space adventurers that populate the fantasy film series. Similar meetings are taking place at Marvel Films, the maker of hugely successful comic book movies, about what the studio will be doing for the next decade.”
The Disney boss said he has seen a rough cut of Rogue One and it’s “really interesting in terms of ‘Star Wars’ storytelling. Star Wars has only been told as a saga, and this is a moment in time … we love what we’ve seen.”
He added that, because it’s a different and fresh tai of Star Wars “We never felt it would do the level that ‘Force Awakens’ did”.
However, he added: “But based on the response to the trailers and posters, the level of interest [in ‘Rogue One’] is as high as it was for Force Awakens.”
Whatever the reaction to Rogue One this Christmas, you can rest assured that there’s a lot of Star Wars (and Marvel) movies still to come.