Expect More Disney+ ‘Star Wars’ Shows, and Fewer Movies From The Franchise With Upcoming Hiatus

Star Wars is as iconic as a franchise can get. Everyone knows the opening song, the lightsaber sounds are engrained in the public’s mind, and it can be hard to find someone who hasn’t seen at least one of the films. The characters are just as iconic, with Luke, Leia, and Han Solo opening the door for more recent roles like Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren. 

But despite how big of a hit this franchise is, Lucasfilm and Disney are going to take a break from making more Star Wars movies for a bit after Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker comes out in December. 

Replicas of Darth Vader and Stormtroopers on a space craft.
Darth Vader and Stormtrooper as part of the “Outpost One” project, with replicas from “Star Wars” movies. | Jens Büttner/picture alliance via Getty Images

‘Star Wars’ movies will go on a hiatus after ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

Cinema Blend reported on Nov. 8 that, on a shareholders call to discuss Disney’s finances and upcoming work, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger made the statement about putting a hold on more Star Wars movies. “In the Star Wars case, Star Wars 9, which comes out this December will be the last of the Skywalker Saga and we’ll go into a hiatus for a few years before the next Star Wars feature.”

Iger also said that Star Wars and Marvel “inspire[s] TV shows, rides, merchandise,” according to Brent Lang, Executive Editor for Film & Media at Variety. “We think about them as more than just films and film franchises,” Iger said.

This comes days after the CEO had made comments about the company releasing too many Star Wars films recently. “I have said publicly that I think we made and released too many Star Wars films over a short period of time,” he told BBC Radio. “I have not said that they were disappointing in any way. I’ve not said that I’m disappointed in their performance. I just think that there’s something so special about a Star Wars film, and less is more.”

The franchise has an impressive lineup of talent behind the future of ‘Star Wars’

This news of a “hiatus” also comes after David Benioff and D.B. Weiss quit their planned Star Wars project. But the franchise still has many well-known creators behind upcoming movies, like Kevin Feige and Rian Johnson. And Jon Favreau is behind the upcoming The Mandalorian. So there’s still new Star Wars content that will be worth the wait. 

But more ‘Star Wars’ shows are coming your way

Speaking of Favreau and The Mandalorian, a break in Star Wars movies doesn’t mean there won’t be spin-offs and original media from the franchise at all. In fact, Iger propped up the three Disney+ shows they’re developing including that show, the Cassian Andor series, and the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. 

DisInsider wrote that he mentioned there would be even more Star Wars shows in development going forward, too. On top of those three above, Clone Wars Season 7 is also set to come to the platform in February 2020. Fans are extremely excited about Clone Wars coming back for a final season, with many calling for an Ahsoka Tano spin-off as well. 
Even though diehard fans might find this news frustrating, it might make the next big Star Wars movie feel more like an event.