With more and more Star Wars series and spinoffs being announced, it seems safe to assume Lucasfilm will begin releasing multiple movies each year. When Marvel Studios kicked off their ambitious cinematic universe, more than one film a year wasn't always guaranteed. Now, three films each year has become a standard and that could increase if Disney gets the X-Men and Fantastic Four from Fox. Meanwhile, the DCEU has already graduated to multiple films each year and the XCU will do the same starting this summer. As more content gets developed in the galaxy far, far away, could Star Wars follow suit?
Earlier today, we learned that the Game of Thrones showrunners are making a Star Wars series. There's no word on how many films it will entail, but it's likely a new trilogy. As confirmed by Lucasfilm, it will exist separate from not only the main Skywalker Saga but also Rian Johnson's Star Wars trilogy. That means that sometime in the near future, Lucasfilm could be juggling three distinct franchises within their shared universe.
As if all of that weren't enough, Lucasfilm currently has multiple novels, a batch of ongoing comics, and the TV show Star Wars Rebels. That last one is about to wrap up, but it's clear that a new animated Star Wars show will take its place. All of these projects have to be overseen by the Lucasfilm Story Group to ensure continuity, which is becoming an increasingly challenging task. Even just taking the cinematic side of things into account, it's inevitable that we'll start getting multiple Star Wars films a year if each of the studio's proposed projects comes to life.
The three franchises aren't the only thing Lucasfilm has in the works for the big screen. Following Solo: A Star Wars Story, more anthology films will continue to spinoff well-known characters from the original films. It seems the promise of unique Star Wars material will be handled by these new series while the plethora of planned prequels will traffic in the familiar.
After the Han Solo origin story, an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff movie is said to be next. It's already got a director, jumping ahead of other proposed spinoffs and likely to arrive in 2020 following Star Wars: Episode IX. On top of that, we've heard about Boba Fett and Yoda movies, while even characters like Jabba the Hutt have been teased for solo films.
Naturally, some of these projects may not make it to the big screen, but it's clear that Lucasfilm under Disney is ready to churn out more content. Back in 2012, following the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, Kathleen Kennedy stated she wanted two to three Star Wars films a year. It's taken a while to get things going and certain waters needed to be tested, but the rash of announcements in the past year prove that the studio is throwing caution to the wind. Not every studio has been successful in launching multiple films a year, but Marvel has proven that it's possible to juggle 2 or 3 projects at a time and still have each be a box office smash. If even some of the planned Star Wars films hope to make it to the big screen, multiple moves a year seems a given.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019