This morning, Disney revealed an updated film release schedule since the FOX acquisition, including new announcements for Star Wars and Avatar, with a handful of delays. Well, this is an unexpected surprise this morning. While Disney spoke about how their release schedule would be changing with the FOX films now on their plate, it looks as though they’ve figured it all out. They’ve revealed an updated film slate stretching out to the future and includes their plans for handling the next Star Wars films after The Rise of Skywalker:
December 16, 2022
December 20, 2024
December 18, 2026
You’ll notice they’re going to an every other year schedule for the upcoming films (which could be a blend of Rian Johnson’s announced trilogy or Benioff and Weiss’ upcoming films) and to fill the December gap on those off years, Disney is bringing in Avatar!
Avatar 2 December 17, 2021
Avatar 3 December 23, 2023
Avatar 4 December 19, 2025
Avatar 5 December 17, 2027
Yes, that means Avatar 2 has once again been delayed, but I think their Christmas alternating will be beneficial for the films all around. Other delays include:
New Mutants – 04/03/2020 (check out the full Marvel schedule here)
Artemis Fowl – 05/29/2020
Ad Astra – 09/20/2019
On top of ALL that, the live-action Cruella movie has been dated for December 23, 2020, and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story is launching on December 18, 2020.
There’s a lot to put on your calendar, and while it may seem a bummer to have to wait three years after The Rise of Skywalker for the next Star Wars movie, we’ll have plenty of live-action goodness on Disney+ to enjoy in the interim. Don’t worry, there’s plenty more Star Wars stuff to keep us occupied.