Disney’s Bob Iger Says Star Wars Film Franchise Is Going On ‘Hiatus’ After Episode IX

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It looks like Walt Disney Studios President Bob Iger wasn't joking when he said that there would be a slowdown in the production of Star Wars films after Lucasfilm completes its sequel trilogy.

Though the Mickey Mouse House executive claims that he's not that concerned by what some claim to be inevitable Star Wars fatigue, Iger tells Bloomberg Television that the Star Wars film franchise is going to go on a "hiatus" after the release of Star Wars: Episode IX later this year.

"We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter," Iger told the publication in an interview yesterday. "There are movies in development, but we have not announced them."

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Right now, it seems like Disney is putting its focus on its upcoming streaming site, Disney+. Lucasfilm is currently developing two television series for the site – Jon Favreau's Star Wars: The Mandalorian and the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel series featuring Diego Luna's Captain Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk's K2-SO. Marvel is also adding to the Disney+ roster with its upcoming live-action miniseries Wandavision, Falcon and Winter Soldier, Loki, and Hawkeye. The comic book movie studio is also developing an animated series featuring alternate universes called What If?.

With so many new TV shows to look forward to, Disney has decided to give the Star Wars film franchise a little break.

"We will take a pause, some time, and reset," he said, "because the Skywalker saga comes to an end with this ninth movie. There will be other Stars Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus."

These Star Wars movies include the film series being developed by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss as well as Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson's upcoming Star Wars trilogy.

Star Wars: Episode IX is set to premiere on December 20, 2019.

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