The next Star Wars trilogy hitting theaters beginning in 2022 will come from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced today at Disney’s annual Upfronts event.
“It makes sense to take a hiatus,” after the release of The Rise of Skywalker this year, Iger said. “Three years is the proper amount of time to take a breather and reset but really gear up for the next film’s release. We did a deal with Benioff and Weiss, and the next movie will be theirs.”
Plenty of ‘Star Wars’ to come
Disney announced its slate of films for the next several years earlier in May, including three unnamed Star Wars films that are set for release in 2022, 2024, and 2026. While the company previously announced two new trilogies from Benioff and Weiss and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, it was unclear which creative team’s films would hit theaters first.
Today’s comments from Iger confirm that the Game of Thrones showrunners (freshly released from their HBO obligations) will get the first crack, with Johnson’s trilogy still left without a release date (unless Disney decides to alternate films from Benioff and Weiss and Johnson, which is certainly within the realm of possibility).
Fans worried about the three-year gap between The Rise of Skywalker and Benioff and Weiss’ first Star Wars film won’t be left with nothing, though. Iger highlighted the release of the two live-action Star Wars shows — The Mandalorian and the upcoming Cassian Andor series — for Disney+, and he hinted at a third, saying, “My guess is there will at least be one more live-action series for Disney+ before we release the next film.”