While the end of Star Wars' core Skywalker Saga may be coming to an end in December with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the continuing future of the franchise on the big screen is assured, albeit after a short hiatus.
While appearing at the 6th Annual MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Lucasfilm currently has six different Star Wars films in various stages of production, including one from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss that's arriving in 2022, which will be the first film released in the franchise after The Rise of Skywalker. After the commercial underperformance of last year's Solo: A Star Wars Story, Iger felt a short break from releasing new films would be a good strategy for the longterm future of the franchise.
"It would be smart for us to take a bit of a hiatus while we figure out what’s next," Iger admitted at the summit. "The conclusion that we reached was that three years was the proper amount of time to not only take a breather and reset, but to really gear up for the next film’s release."
In addition to The Rise of Skywalker and Benioff and Weiss' planned film, The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson is preparing to begin pre-production on a planned Star Wars trilogy after completing work on his next film, Knives Out.
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