Good evening! Apparently, the main Star Wars saga is ending, according to the most recent trailers for The Rise of Skywalker. Does that mean Disney won't release any more Star Wars films or should we assume something else? I'll give you my thoughts below.
Let's cover everything that's happening in 2019. We're almost done with the year and these last couple of months will be a big deal for Star Wars. First, The Mandalorian television show is debuting on Disney+ when the streaming service launches in November. That's actually quite significant because The Mandalorian will be the first Star Wars tv show and one of the earliest installments on the brand new Disney+ streaming service. It's also going to be the first live action Star Wars entry that will feature a protagonist who's not a Jedi. Some of you might point out the Christmas special to me, but I don't want to think about that one. Anyway, The Mandalorian looks very promising and it will probably appeal to a broad audience.
The Rise of Skywalker will premiere on December 20th and it's allegedly the final entry in the Star Wars film saga. Yeah, I'm not taking it literally. I believe this movie will be the final installment featuring the original characters and basic story points. Several of the original characters are already dead and it's time to move away from the original concept. A totalitarian regime terrorizes the galaxy with an army of minions, a small rebellion wages a war against them, and the little guy wins with the help of space wizards. That's literally the general plot of every Star Wars movie. I'm not saying this formula is a bad thing, but Disney is probably going to provide some fresh material in future entries. Personally, I'm looking forward to The Rise of Skywalker along with any new content.
What are we going to see in 202o and beyond? Honestly, I'm not entirely sure because Disney hasn't released many details. In fact, it doesn't seem like they know the complete future of Star Wars yet. However, it seems like they're working on quite a bit of content. Disney+ is going to have a tv show with Cassian Andor and K-2SO from Rogue One. They're also planning a tv series with Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor from the prequel trilogy. Let's hope The Mandalorian is successful because it will probably impact the progress of these projects.
I haven't found reliable sources for any movies, but that doesn't mean we won't see more films within the next few years. My guess would be 2021 or 2022 at the earliest. Rumor has it, the next round of Star Wars movies will take place many years before any of the saga installments. It could be a loose adaptation of the Knights of the Old Republic video game or something else that precedes the current film saga. I'm pretty sure it will include the Jedi Order and everything else is up in the air. But it's not going to feature any of the characters we know and love at this point. It will just be something entirely different. That works for me because I'm ready to move on to new material.
Unfortunately, divisiveness regarding The Last Jedi and poor financial tracking for Solo: A Star Wars Story derailed plans for other projects. Initially, Benioff and Weiss from Game of Thrones were getting a film trilogy. Rian Johnson, director for The Last Jedi, was also getting a new trilogy. Specific characters were getting spinoffs, including Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett. But that changed and Obi-Wan Kenobi will be featured in a television show instead. It seems like The Mandalorian tv show is replacing the Boba Fett movie. I'm sure the shows will be fine, but feature films would have been nice.
Will Disney give Rian Johnson a film trilogy despite public uproar regarding The Last Jedi? I doubt it. Audiences will be closed minded about his trilogy without knowing anything about it. I find it sad, but that's just part of human nature. Personally, I enjoyed both The Last Jedi and Solo, but what do I know? Benioff and Weiss could still be on the table. They recently struck a multiyear deal with Netflix, but that doesn't mean the power duo can't work on other projects. I wouldn't be surprised if they'll write the scripts for the next round of Star Wars films. The main issue could be scheduling conflicts. I imagine Disney would be willing to include them in the franchise, but they're going to work on other projects, which could create scheduling issues. It really doesn't matter who stays or leaves the studio. There's plenty of talent in Hollywood in my opinion.
Here's the biggest question of all. Can anything please diehard Star Wars fans? I'm not sure. They enjoyed the original trilogy and nothing else has been good enough afterward. It seems like many Star Wars fans create their own theories and ideas, but they become disappointed when it doesn't appear on the big screen. They have unrealistic expectations. I'm not saying every Star Wars fan has this problem, but it's fairly common. Just read Star Wars comments on Twitter or any form of social media. It's pretty crazy.
Ultimately, I believe Star Wars will definitely survive in 2020 and future years, although it will probably be somewhat different than earlier work. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. Thanks for reading my blog. I'll write a review for The Rise of Skywalker down the road. If time permits, I might give you some thoughts about Disney+ and The Mandalorian. Take care and I'll see you guys next week.
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