Recently, Mark Hamill reopened the conversation about Star Wars' longevity, voicing the concern that oversaturation may cause fans' interest in the franchise to wane. Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger, however, says that isn't the case, but did state the films will go on a "hiatus" after December's much-anticipated release of Episode IX.
"We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter...There are movies in development, but we have not announced them," Iger said in an interview with Bloomberg.
With the launch of the company's new streaming service, Disney+, the Star Wars brand is slated for several new productions: another Clone Wars season, The Mandalorian, a Cassian Andor spinoff and more. These TV shows, Iger said, will be the focal point for the intergalactic series for the near future, and that Disney "will take a pause, some time, and reset."
Elaborating on his statement, Iger added, "the Skywalker saga comes to an end with this ninth movie. There will be other Star Wars movies, but there will be a bit of hiatus."
The ninth film in the Skywalker saga is set to pick up where The Last Jedi left off, chronicling the events of Rey, Poe and Finn as they set out to take down the First Order and its new supreme leader, Kylo Ren. The film doesn't yet have a title but is expected to draw in massive crowds as it wraps up the trilogy that began with 2015's The Force Awakens and subsequently closes the chapter on the legendary Skywalkers' story. Disney is also gearing up to release two new Star Wars theme park lands in its California and Florida locations.
Star Wars: Episode IX is directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams and starring 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.