Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Star Wars will be going on "hiatus" following the release of The Rise of Skywalker. Brent lang, executive editor for Variety, broke the news on Twitter. "Disney CEO Bob Iger says #StarWars feature films will go on 'into a hiatus' following #RiseofSkywalker," he wrote. "Says there will be lots of activity on TV front, mentions 3 series in the works for #DisneyPlus."
This revelation comes not long after it was revealed David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of HBO's Game of Thrones, had parted ways with Lucasfilm and would no longer be developing a new trilogy of Star Wars films for the Disney-owned studio.
Disney CEO Bob Iger says #StarWars feature films will go on "into a hiatus" following #RiseofSkywalker. Says there will be lots of activity on TV front, mentions 3 series in the works for #DisneyPlus.— Brent Lang (@BrentALang) November 7, 2019
Lang also dropped some other some other goodies. Apparently, Disney did a secret screening of the upcoming series The Mandalorian specifically for fan outlets. The House of Mouse has so far refused to release any screeners to the press in an effort to avoid spoilers. According to Lang, the series was received positively by the group.
Iger also said that there was a recent "media screening" for #TheMandalorian which is creating good buzz. It was not for TV critics, but for fan outlets. Those critics will have to wait to see it until it launches because of "spoilers"— Brent Lang (@BrentALang) November 7, 2019
Iger also revealed Disney's approach to Star Wars and Marvel as whole. He sees the properties more than just film franchises, and wants to utilize them in other forms.
Going back to Iger's previous comments regarding the three Star Wars TV series, it is unclear if he is including The Mandalorian in his count. Aside from The Mandalorian, Disney is also woking on an Obi-Wan serieswith Ewan McGregor reprising his role from the second trilogy, and an untitled series centered around Rogue One's Cassian Andor.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives December 20.