On the one hand, Star Wars is superior and we’re by no means going to show down the prospect to have extra of it. On the opposite, it does appear to be there’s an infinite variety of new Star Wars motion pictures on the horizon, and nobody is fairly certain what’s happening.
Earlier within the 12 months, at Star Wars Celebration, we formally had phrase that three new Star Wars motion pictures can be coming between 2026 and 2027. These new motion pictures will probably be a Rey sequel, a prequel concerning the origins of the Pressure, and a cinematic conclusion to the present most important batch of Star Wars collection. OK, cool.
Then, over the previous few months, issues have actually ramped up. Director Shawn Levy (from Stranger Issues and the upcoming Marvel film Deadpool 3) has mentioned he’ll be taking a visit to George Lucas’ universe, and this week Taika Waititi gave a equally optimistic replace, saying he’s nonetheless on monitor to direct a movie, too. However wait! That’s not all.
We additionally had the latest information that as an alternative of being a TV collection, Donald Glover’s Lando mission is being lined up as a movie. Then, there’s additionally Rian Johnson’s potential trilogy. At any time when he or Star Wars architect Katheleen Kennedy is requested concerning the standing of this, it’s all the time a ‘not proper now, however perhaps sooner or later’.
That takes us to (deep breath): three confirmed motion pictures with launch dates, three different motion pictures in energetic improvement with no launch date, and three potential motion pictures in some unspecified time in the future from Johnson. That’s a whole Skywalker Saga’s price of movies, or, to place it one other approach, all of Shatner and Nimoy’s Star Trek motion pictures, plus a further 33%.
That lastly appears clear then, even when does seem like the oldsters over at Lucasfilm are going to have a number of work on their plate over the following 5 years or so creating limitless new Star Wars characters. Now, as we’ve already mentioned, we love Star Wars. Actually, we love it, and we’ll be adorning our Christmas bushes with R2-D2-shaped baubles over the vacation season. Nevertheless it does appear greater than somewhat chaotic, and chaos isn’t all the time good (to not point out that it’s going to make determining the right way to watch the Star Wars motion pictures so as unattainable). Simply have a look at the sequel trilogy.
The difficulty there was a scarcity of path, focus, and interconnectedness. Every film was determined to do its personal factor, and that isn’t the best method to take while you’re making an attempt to be a successor to one of the best science fiction film trilogy ever made.
As an alternative, Star Wars ought to be studying from the errors of Marvel and DC: two comparably-sized cinematic franchises. Over at Marvel, we’ve realized that it’s high quality, not amount, that sustains a franchise. From DC we’ve realized that coherence between motion pictures is important: they will’t all be separate entities with utterly distinct visions.
Hopefully, within the not-too-distant future, we’ll be taught extra concerning the three confirmed motion pictures, and get a timeframe for the Lando, Waititi, and Levy movies, too. That’ll make issues really feel extra concrete and steady and may start to place us relaxed. However, for now, at the very least we’ve found out what number of there’ll be. That feels just like the naked minimal.
For extra on Star Wars, take a look at our information to The Mandalorian season 4 and Andor season 2. Or, see our picks for one of the best Star Wars villains, be taught concerning the Star Wars forged, earlier than seeing what’s new on Disney Plus this month.