On the occasion of Star Wars Day, a look back at the various projects in development at Disney for the small and big screen.
It’s May 4th. A banal day for ordinary mortals, but one that holds special significance for lightsaber aficionados. It is on this date that we celebrate the very very distant galaxy of Star Wars. The festivities, born of a pun with one of the most iconic replicas of the franchise, are also and above all an opportunity for many to have a marathon of the various films released between 1977 and 2019.
For us, it is above all the time to take stock of what the license has in store for us for the next few years. In the cinema, but also on Disney+, Star Wars is far from having said its last word. A brief overview of the productions announced by Lucasfilm.
A deserved break from the big screen
In 2015, Lucasfilm revived the Star Wars saga under the leadership of JJ Abrams. After a remarkable passage in the Star Trek galaxy, the director’s mission is to lead a new franchise directly linked to the first films. In front of his camera, the spectators discover a gallery of old and new protagonists, the descendants of those who were discovered in 1977 in A New Hope.
At the heart of this intrigue, Rey, a young orphan who discovers a very strong link with the Force. As she tries to escape the henchmen of the first order, she crosses paths with a certain Finn, a former Stormtrooper who will help her escape the dreadful Kylo Ren.
But artistic disagreements will push the director to deviate from the project to make way for another filmmaker: Rian Johnson. He will stage The Last Jedi, before Abrams returns to conclude the epic with L’Ascension de Skywalker.
At the same time, Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled two spin-offs, respectively devoted to a rebel team who will play a crucial role in the saga and to the famous Han Solo. If the first, baptized Rogue Onewill find a special place in the hearts of fans, the second will have a hard time winning at the box office.
It will only report $393.2 million, against a little over a billion for the rest of the films of the latest vintage. It must be said that the road to Solo : A Star Wars Story even in the dark rooms was strewn with pitfalls. Change of director, reduced promotional campaign and colossal budget, it must be believed that the stars were not aligned to make this spin-off a real success.
Since the conclusion of the main saga, in December 2019, Disney has therefore reduced the sails on dark rooms. The firm had also quickly announced that it wanted to take the time to review its copy before again invading our cinemas.
Rogue Squadron still scheduled for 2023
Rogue Squadron is one of Lucasfilm’s long-announced film projects. For the production, the studio calls on Patty Jenkins. The one to whom we owe the saga Wonder Woman at Warner Bros should land in theaters in December 2023, as tradition demands in the galaxy far, far away.
We know very little about the plot, except that it should have a link with the eponymous video games. As a reminder, Rogue Squadron was released in 1998 on PC and Nintendo 64. Players took on the role of Luke Skywalker, commander of the Rogue Squadron made up of elite X-Wing pilots. However, there is little chance that we will find the good Luke on our screens.
Mark Hamill, we say it with a lot of respect, is no longer really old enough to play reckless young drivers. Unless Lucasfilm uses technology to give it a little makeover. After all, that’s how we could find him in The Boba Fett Book.
Filming has not yet started, Jenkins being busy with the third installment of Wonder-Woman’s adventures. It is also rumored that relations between the filmmaker and the studios would be rather strained. If Disney has not announced a postponement, it is very difficult to imagine finding the saga on our screens in barely two years.
Moreover, Taika Waititi is also announced behind the camera for a feature film that is still rather mysterious. Last August, the director of Thor : Ragnarok confided that if nothing was written yet, he had the main lines of his plot which, according to his own admission, looks a lot like him.
On Disney +, it’s an avalanche of new productions
If in the cinema the Star Wars is discreet, it is another story on the small screen. Lucasfilm seems to want to shape the future of its license on the platform. In a few days, it will be possible to discover Obi-Wan Kenobi with Ewan McGregor in the title role.
17 years after Revenge of the Sith, the actor will resume one of the iconic roles of his career. He will find Hayden Christensen who will camp Darth Vader again. Ten years after his fight against Anakin, Obi-Wan watches over the young Luke Skywalker from afar. But the Empire is hunting down the last Jedi in the galaxy, and its peace will be disturbed by the arrival of the Grand Inquisitor. A new trailer just shared in celebration of May the 4th.
Then, we should find Cassian Andor in a first solo adventure. Andor is interested in the past of the character portrayed by Diego Luna. Few plot details have leaked, but we shouldn’t have to wait very long. It is announced for this year 2022, probably during the summer.
Then it is probably The Mandalorian which will end the year in style with season 3 of the adventures of Din Djarin and Grogu. Besides, we should soon see the team of The Bad Batch for a season 2.
All that remains is to wish you a beautiful Star Wars Day, in front of your favorite production of the license. Most movies and series are available on Disney+, with the exception of L’Ascension de Skywalker.