A new “Star Wars” movie is due to come in 2023 – but not even a Yoda who knows about the future could, given the current situation, say for sure whether this film will really appear. The signs point to Disney + streaming, books and comics.
Even before Corona, it was questionable whether anyone at Lucasfilm seriously believed that new “Star Wars” films would be released in cinemas in a few years. December 2022 was reserved for a theatrical release (now postponed to December 2023), but at the same time Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy made it public on several occasions that they were playing with different ideas about the content of the new films.
In other words: Up to now there has not been an idea that could prevail.
The future of cinema is uncertain
The development of the global corona pandemic puts a question mark behind all announced cinema release dates, but the “Star Wars” date for 2023 would be questionable even if the existence of the cinema industry were not at stake.
Several new film projects have already been publicly announced and then buried either by the fact that no one ever spoke about them from Lucasfilm (see Rian Johnson’s new trilogy), or that the responsible makers dropped out (see the film series of “Game Of Thrones” showrunners, the preferred to go to Netflix instead).
“Star Wars” films are pure stress
The latest of these announcements, which was certainly made at the Disney Shareholders’ Conference in May 2020, concerns a “Star Wars” film by all-rounder Taika Waititi and “1917” screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns. However, this project has no deadline.
And “Star Wars” film projects not only have a strong tendency to break up in advance – they are usually much more expensive than initially planned: All of the new “Star Wars” films, with the exception of “Star Wars 8”, had problemswhich either led to massive re-shoots or to an exchange of scriptwriters and directors.
Why should Kathleen Kennedy get rid of this stress all too quickly?
Especially since the box office results of the film series lead to the clear conclusion that the new films always become over-hits when there has been no new film for about 15 years, i.e. when the hunger is particularly great (see “ Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace “1999 and” Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens “2015)
It may be that in 2023, just four years after “The Rise of Skywalker”, a new “Star Wars” film will actually be released, but a further shift backwards would be about as surprising as a rainy day on the water planet Kamino.
It won’t be anything earlier than 2023 – but fans can expect an explosion of “Star Wars” series by then (which could encourage the makers to focus on the small screen in the future).
“The Mandalorian” has at least 4 seasons
Media giant Disney announced this week that it will focus primarily on streaming in the future and thus on its Disney + service, which was launched in 2019. The success of Disney + so far depended to a large extent on the first “Star Wars” real series “The Mandalorian”, which became the only hit among the exclusive Disney + series in the first year of the streaming service (also because the planned Marvel series Corona- were postponed conditionally).
The second season “The Mandalorian” starts at the end of October 2020, after which at least seasons 3 and 4 will follow, with which the viewers would be supplied until 2022. Spin-off series are also a possibility, ex-Disney boss Bob Iger said in February 2020.
It is absolutely clear that the series should be expanded for a long time: Showrunner Jon Favreau and his team have managed the balancing act of getting different groups of the branching “Star Wars” fanatic to inspire “The Mandalorian” and with the character Baby Yoda a mass magnet in the Incorporating series: Its cuteness also attracts viewers who cannot do anything else with “Star Wars”.
Obi-Wan, “Rogue One” and others also go into series
The first season of “The Mandalorian” of 2019 was only the spearhead of a major “Star Wars” series offensive (which also includes animation series such as the “The Clone Wars” offshoot “The Bad Batch”).
In addition to the other “Mandalorian” seasons, the Disney + series about “Rogue One” rebel agent Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and fan favorite Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), who is in the The plot period between “Star Wars 3” and “Star Wars 4” watches over the young Luke Skywalker (fittingly, McGregor is getting closer and closer to the age of Alec Guinness when shooting “Star Wars 4”).
Finally something new
It looks like “Star Wars” could finally move in a new direction in terms of content with the series, as has long been demanded by the critics of the new trilogy (episodes 7-9). Are the specifically known series projects all somehow connected to the struggle between rebels and empire, Leslye Headland, showrunner of the original Netflix series “Matrjoschka”, is supposed to work on an as yet untitled “Star Wars” series, which takes place at a completely different point in time in the thousands of years of galaxy history – similar to the new major novel and comic project “The High Republic”.
An unknown new era: “The High Republic”
The “The High Republic” stories take place about 200 years before “Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace”. This period is not yet covered in the canon (and the popular, non-canonical “Knights Of The Old Republic” games are set around 4,000 years before the saga). At the time of the High Republic, the galaxy is downright boringly peaceful – which does not last long. Here is the official introductory text, i.e. what the scrolling text would be in the films:
Under the rule of the glorious REPUBLIC and the protection of the noble and wise JEDI KNIGHTS, there is peace in the galaxy.
As a symbol of all good, the Republic is about to steer its new space station, STARLIGHT BEACON, into the most remote corners of the Outer Fringe, where it will be a ray of hope to all who see it.
But just at the moment when a brilliant new dawn takes hold of the republic, a frightening new enemy also appears. Now the keepers of peace and justice must face a threat targeted at themselves, the galaxy and even power …
New enemies and Jedi
What is special about this era, which will initially be shown in novels and comics, is obviously the struggle for external borders. If the “Star Wars” films and series are mostly about a conflict within the galaxy, the later known star map is created at all during the times of the High Republic. Unknown regions are explored – where the Jedi meet a new enemy, the “space Vikings” Nihil.
In “The High Republic” many new Jedi are introduced who look a bit like medieval heroes in their robes. We will notice that the power abilities shown so far in “Star Wars” are only a small selection of the possibilities (and above all it sounds exciting that the perception of power should be shown in different ways: a musically gifted Jedi in “The High Republic” about takes power as music).
On January 5, 2021, the “High Republic” book and comic series begins with the novel “Star Wars: Light Of The Jedi”. Just as the inhabitants of the galaxy thought they were safe, a catastrophe with serious consequences happened in hyperspace …
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Unless Corona destroys the cinema industry, “Star Wars” will also continue on the big screen at some point. Until then, however, fans will only follow their favorite saga at home for a few years, whether on Disney + or in books and comics (not to mention the video games).
Never before has the offer been as large as it will be with the planned series and books / comics – and Lucasfilm has the chance to open up new perspectives that many fans have been waiting for for a long time.
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