Star Wars set for a hiatus, says Disney boss

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 April 2019

'Star Wars' films are set for a "hiatus", according to Disney boss Robert Iger

'Star Wars' films are set for a "hiatus".

Disney boss Robert Iger has confirmed that the money-spinning franchise's production schedule will slow down dramatically after the release of the J.J. Abrams-directed 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'.

He told Bloomberg: "We will take a pause, some time, and reset, because the Skywalker saga comes to an end with this ninth movie. There will be other 'Stars Wars' movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus."

It's been suggested that Disney's decision has been influenced by the underwhelming box-office performance of 2018's 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'.

What's more, plans for further spin-off movies have been thrown into doubt as Disney considers how it plans to progress with the iconic franchise.

Iger added: "We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter. There are movies in development, but we have not announced them."

Iger made the statement shortly after producer Kathleen Kennedy insisted that although 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' is "the culmination of the Skywalker Saga", it is not the end of 'Star Wars'.

She said: "This [movie] is the culmination of the Skywalker Saga; it's by no means the culmination of 'Star Wars'.

"I'm sitting down now with Dan Weiss and David Benioff ... and Rian Johnson. We're all sitting down to talk about, where do we go next? We've all had conversations about what the possibilities might be, but now we're locking it down.

"We knew we were going to close this up, we knew that even before we started 'The Force Awakens'. We are looking at the next saga. We are not just looking at another trilogy, we're really looking at the next 10 years or more."

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 22min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Cast: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams
  • UK release: 19 December 2019

Emperor Palpatine (McDiarmid) is back and building an army, so Rey (Ridley), Poe (Isaac), Finn (Boyega) and the gang go up against him and Kylo Ren (Driver). The internal and external battle of Ridley and Driver is the strongest element, with magnetic chemistry, but elsewhere it’s disappointing fan service, a film that…

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