We didn’t get a title for the subsequent Star Wars film throughout yesterday’s Disney shareholders name. There had been rumblings that such a factor would possibly occur, however the huge “news” was that Bob Iger reassured people that Walt Disney would nonetheless make R-rated motion pictures (below the Fox banner or in any other case) as soon as it took over the studio behind Deadpool, Alien and Predator. That shouldn’t have been a query. An enormous motive the Mouse House purchased Fox was to get a foothold within the form of grown-up fare that Fox—field workplace struggles in the Netflix-and-chill period however—has specialised in over the past a number of years.
I’m guessing J.J. Abrams and buddies observed the success of Marvel baiting the web with an unrevealed Avengers four title for over 4 years. That undertaking was introduced in October 2014, with the primary teaser debuting in early December 2018. Thus, I’d anticipate Episode IX to get a title proper together with its first teaser throughout this yr’s Star Wars Celebration in mid-April. We didn’t get a title for Star Wars 9 as a result of we didn’t want one, as a result of Disney can get the identical free publicity from speculative posts. Moreover, Disney’s huge Christmas launch is each extremely necessary and completely irrelevant within the grand scheme of issues.
That’s as a result of regardless of the way it performs in December, Walt Disney will face the identical problem: How does it make common audiences care about Star Wars motion pictures that aren’t explicitly related to these first three Star Wars motion pictures (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and are not explicitly tied into the saga of the Skywalker household? Rogue One and the George Lucas prequels had been, properly, prequels to the primary three Star Wars motion pictures, and the final three Disney episodes had been 30-years-later sequels to Return of the Jedi, full with the return of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
After this, presuming Disney actually does give Rian Johnson his personal disconnected trilogy and let the Game of Thrones guys make their very own Star Wars motion pictures, to say nothing of Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian episodic sequence on Disney+, Star Wars will face a novel problem. What will common moviegoers take into consideration Star Wars motion pictures which are principally disconnected from the world, story and characters of George Lucas’ unique trilogy? To what extent did people flock to The Force Awakens particularly as a result of it promised the return of Hamill, Ford and Fisher?
Since Episode IX will apparently shut the guide on the Skywalker/Solo story that started in 1977, Disney should return to the proverbial drafting board regardless of how properly this ninth Star Wars episode performs. We know that in 2019 (and past), merely providing a comparatively high-quality mega-budget sci-fi fantasy actioner isn’t sufficient to get folks into the theater. So with out the specific ties to the Darth Vader saga, with out express ties to the defining unique trilogy characters, will people nonetheless take into account Star Wars motion pictures to be value trekking out to a theater to see? We don’t know.
Maybe it’s going to finally develop into a Pixar or MCU-like model, the place the Lucasfilm franchise is huge and trusted sufficient the place individuals are excited simply because it’s a Star Wars film. Or possibly, after the steadiness is returned to the Force, audiences will take a look at a brand new Star Wars film as little completely different from the subsequent Alita: Battle Angel or Jupiter Ascending. We don’t know what the subsequent Star Wars motion pictures can be after Episode IX, both as a result of Lucasfilm is being as tip-lipped as Marvel is about their respective post-Endgame plans or as a result of they’re taking time to determine what the subsequent part of Star Wars ought to appear like.
Also of notice, the Fox buy provides them a while, particularly if James Cameron’s Avatar 2 opens as deliberate on December 18, 2020. If the subsequent bunch of Avatar sequels breaks out, then Disney has the choice of basically alternating Star Wars and Avatar each Christmas. That will permit them to possibly make only one Star Wars film each two years, which can permit for the model to take care of a sure occasion standing. If Disney can persist with Cameron’s deliberate sequel schedule which places Avatar Three on December 17, 2021, that buys Lucasfilm time till December 2022 to determine their subsequent play.
In a extra typical world, we wouldn’t have gotten a brand new Star Wars for 2-Three years anyway. The unique six motion pictures opened three-year schedules (1977, 1980 and 1983 after which 1999, 2002 and 2005). But now three years is sufficient time for Sony to name it quits on the Amazing Spider-Man franchise and be again in theaters with Spider-Man: Homecoming. I do not know how audiences will react to Star Wars motion pictures which are relative originals which simply occur to happen within the Star Wars universe. But Disney and Lucasfilm have a while to determine that out if Avatar 2 does its job.
But for now, all eyes are on Star Wars Episode IX, the place J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, and buddies will try to tie up the Rey/Kylo saga in a means that theoretically pleases the nostalgic followers and the “deconstruction > nostalgia” people. I think about no matter they do goes to upset or displease 50% of the followers anyway, so I hope they only do no matter they need. It can also be the equal of a lame deck entry within the franchise. Whether Episode IX sinks or soars, Star Wars will face the identical elementary problem of thriving outdoors of its core narrative and sans its marquee characters.