Why Rian Johnson and Taika Waititi’s Star Wars Movies Take So Long, According to Kathleen Kennedy – /Film

“Lando” is a miniseries about the character Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams, Donald Glover) that will air on Disney+. “Rogue Squadron” is a film developed by director Patty Jenkins, creator of “Wonder Woman.”

The last “Star Wars” feature film to play in theaters was JJ Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in 2019. This goes against plans originally announced by Disney in 2015 when the company bought Lucasfilm. Initially, Disney had plans to release a new “Star Wars” movie every year. In odd years, the films would be part of a central numerical continuity. In even numbered years, the films would be spin-offs or separate continuities. From 2015 to 2019, Disney was true to its word, releasing three new numerical episodes and two spin-offs: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Solo.”

Due to factors like “Solo” becoming the first “Star Wars” movie to bomb the box office, that original plan was ultimately scrapped. COVID could also have played a role in the recent slowdown in “Star Wars” movie releases. The franchise has moved primarily to television since 2019.

In April 2023, in honor of the “Star Wars” celebratory press event, Kennedy was interviewed by Variety to further explain the future of “Star Wars” films and delays. He added that Johnson has had success with his Benoit Blanc movies, and finding time to schedule “Star Wars” has been a challenge. In his words:

“[W]We’re not actively involved in anything at the moment because he’s doing another one of the ‘Glass Onion’ movies and God knows what else. But he really wants to step back into space. It’s a big time commitment, so that’s really up to him.”

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