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Disney Sets Release Dates For New Star Wars Trilogy

May 7, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Disney has been busy on the release date announce front today, with the latest news being dates for the new Star Wars trilogy. The company announced on Tuesday that the three new, as-yet-untitled Star Wars films will release on December 16th, 2022; December 20th, 2024; and December 18th, 2016.

The announcements came at the same time as Disney’s announcement that the Avatar sequels have been pushed back to the holiday seasons of 2021 and every other year after, as well as New Mutants being delayed to April 3rd, 2020.

The new Star Wars films will be written and produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of Game of Thrones. Benioff and Weiss are moving on to tackle those films now that Thrones has finished production and is in the last half of its final six episodes.

The release date moves are part of Disney’s reorganized release schedule due to their acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Disney had to figure out how to schedule a host of film releases without hurting their own bottom lines by pitting their films up against each other to compete for moviegoers.

“We’re excited to put in place a robust and diverse slate that lays the foundation of our long-term strategy, bringing together a breadth of films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fox, Fox Searchlight, and Blue Sky Studios to create an extraordinary collection of cinematic experiences for audiences around the world,” said Cathleen Taff, President, Theatrical Distribution, Franchise Management, and Business & Audience Insights, The Walt Disney Studios. “With a strong summer already in place, we are eager to carry that momentum forward over the coming years thanks to a creative wellspring of bold and imaginative stories coming from our world-class studios – including several new chapters of two revered franchises, Avatar and Star Wars.”

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