Walt Disney Studio’s chairman and CEO Bob Iger had a few very exciting announcements this afternoon regarding the Star Wars franchise. Iger took a moment to confirm the current timetable that the studio has in place for the final two films in the new Star Wars trilogy.
The news came in earlier this evening, straight from Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, who did confirm that “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will hit theaters in 2017 and that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will arrive in 2019. This according to Get Your Geek On who quoted Iger as saying:
“As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming….and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage…I can assure the millions of Star Wars fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional Star Wars storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII in 2017, and we’ll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019.”
As for Episode VII, called ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ that film was directed by J.J. Abrams and will serve as the seventh installment to the popular franchise. The film is still on-track to release on December 18, 2015 and will reunite the original cast (Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher) with the new stars of the franchise. J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan worked on the screenplay for that film.
The final two installments to the core-trilogy still don’t have titles, and most likely will not have titles released for some time now. For Star Wars fans though the timetable should be a welcome bit of knowledge. Now they just have to wait another four years before the new trilogy is complete. More information on the films, and the standalone projects that are in the works as well, should be announced after the release of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.