Well, the title of the subsequent Star Wars film is The Rise of Skywalker, and it now has a trailer. The tease and title drop comes simply after Disney’s large “Here’s what Disney+ will have” presentation yesterday. And yeah, at simply $6.99 per thirty days (or $70 for the entire yr), the Mouse House isn’t messing round by way of difficult Netflix and Amazon Prime. Also of word, we obtained phrase yesterday that The Mandalorian (created by Jon Favreau and starring Pedro Pascal) will likely be out there at launch time, together with a brand new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the opposite Star Wars films. So, in that sense, this ninth “episode” is considerably bittersweet.
It is the ultimate chapter within the Skywalker/Solo saga. It can also be the ultimate chapter within the sagas of Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo. Moreover, it’s most likely is the final time main theatrical Star Wars film will likely be this large of an occasion. The Rise of Skywalker represents the final time Star Wars film would be the solely place to get top-tier Star Wars journey within the live-action format. This isn’t Return of the Jedi, which ended the unique trilogy or Revenge of the Sith, which closed the ebook on the as soon as completely theoretical prequel trilogy. This is merely the final Star Wars film earlier than the subsequent batch of Star Wars films.
There will certainly be different Star Wars films, be they the alleged Rian Johnson trilogy or the brand new trilogy crafted by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss or no matter else we get. But from right here on out, we all know full effectively that there will likely be common Star Wars films and TV exhibits for so long as Disney wants theatrical and streaming content material. Disney will certainly decelerate by way of theatrical releases, however that we’ll be getting (allegedly) high-quality Star Wars journey by way of live-action TV will robotically make the films much less distinctive. Sans a direct connection to the George Lucas saga, these new Star Wars tasks will merely be sci-fi motion exhibits or films with the phrases “Star Wars” stamped on.
Moreover, presuming The Mandalorian or the deliberate Rogue One prequel collection (co-starring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk) characteristic comparatively theatrical manufacturing values, and with the likes of Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Dave Filoni set to direct episodes of Favreau’s Pedro Pascal-starring present that’s completely doable, then Star Wars will additional turn into much less of an occasion and fewer of a popular culture touchstone. That’s extra of a difficulty for the theatrical movies, as everyone knows how “unknown” sci-fi motion spectaculars have fared of late. The mere notion of Star Wars TV exhibits and the brand new Star Wars films presumably being out there fairly rapidly on Disney+ could make these theatrical inherently much less particular general.
But even when Disney does use their streaming service to really prolong the theatrical window (which isn’t exterior the realm of chance, because the subscribers will likely be there whether or not the film drops 4 months or six months after theaters), these post-Episode IX films will exist in a world the place Star Wars is simply one other big franchise. Existing as they are going to in a time the place Star Wars TV exhibits are about nearly as good as Star Wars films and in an atmosphere the place the movies are merely related to the core saga by identify, will these post-Skywalker/Solo Star Wars movies have wherever close to the impression of the final three direct sequels to Return of the Jedi?
Probably not, which is why this ninth “episode” does really feel like an actual finale of types. Unlike in 1983 and 2005, we all know for positive that Star Wars will proceed. But that assure arguably makes this new installment that rather more of an occasion. For the final time in without end, Star Wars will likely be particular and a god amongst bugs. J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will open December 20, 2019. It seems to be nice, it is going to hopefully be good and both manner, it marks the tip of an period. From now on, Star Wars will likely be simply one other piece of IP, an enormous amongst giants, supposed to entice of us to pay $7 a month for Disney+.