Today the internet is acting all shocked and appalled when they found out that Disney plans to release Star Wars movies every year. Once you filter out the doom and gloom from people crying that Disney is milking Star Wars dry, you realize that this really isn’t news and really has been known for quite a while.
This non-news freak-out was sparked from this paragraph in this excellent Wired article on Star Wars:
“And if the people at the Walt Disney Company, which bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, have anything to say about it, the past four decades of Star Wars were merely prologue. They are making more. A lot more. The company intends to put out a new Star Wars movie every year for as long as people will buy tickets. Let me put it another way: If everything works out for Disney, and if you are (like me) old enough to have been conscious for the first Star Wars film, you will probably not live to see the last one. Itâ€™s the forever franchise.”
Right now, the next few years of Star Wars look like this:
2015: The Force Awakens
2016: Rogue One
2017: Episode VIII
2018: Han Solo
2019: Episode IX
2020: Anthology 3 (likely Boba Fett)
There will be a new Star Wars movie in 2021, and it will most likely be the start of a new trilogy. Whether or not it’s Episodes X-XII is up in the air, but there will be more Star Wars movies after this trilogy and Anthology entries.
If you seriously thought Disney would spend $4.2 billion on Star Wars just to make one trilogy and call it quits, you’re being delusional and not paying attention with what they’re doing with Marvel. The superhero arm of Disney has movies planned through at least 2028 (if not further by now), and Lucasfilm easily has the same planned through 2025. That includes a new trilogy and new Anthology films.
And it’s not “milking the franchise to death”. The people who think that need to seriously get over the concept that Star Wars is something that rarely happens. Having new Star Wars every year is a good thing, and it’s the best time ever to be a Star Wars fan.