It looks like Disney CEO Bob Iger wasn't kidding when he said that Star Wars would be taking a break after Lucasfilm completed its Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Now that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is moving closer towards the end of its theatrical release, Iger has decided to confirm his plans for the Star Wars franchise. Disney just recently held a shareholder meeting this week, and there (via Digital Spy), Iger confirmed that Star Wars' movie "hiatus" is now officially in place.
Unlike the past few years where Disney would release a Star Wars movie once a year, the Mickey Mouse House plans to take a break and focus its Star Wars efforts on television instead. The next Star Wars movie isn't expected to release till 2022, and right now, there aren't that many details about the project.
This might sound like a disappointment to fans, however, Disney has been planning the hiatus ever since Solo: A Star Wars Story failed to deliver at the box office during its theatrical release in 2018. Fans might have hoped that Disney might change its mind, but the company may not be too eager to produce another Star Wars film just yet after The Rise of Skywalker. Being the third and final entry in Lucasfilm's Star Wars sequel trilogy, the film was expected to achieve commercial and critical success. Instead, Episode IX became one of the most divisive entries in the franchise, suffering from mixed-negative reviews from fans and critics.
And worse of all, to Disney at least, the film failed to meet projected earnings at the box office.
It's no wonder that the Mickey Mouse House is eager to begin its Star Wars "hiatus."
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently screening in cinemas.