Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox has led to a big shift of release dates over the next few years.
Among the big projects with new release dates: three new Star Wars movies. Once Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker wraps up the Skywalker saga this December, Disney and Lucasfilm will be releasing a new Star Wars film every two years from 2022.
The US release dates for the still-untitled new Star Wars movies: December 16, 2022, December 20, 2024, and December 18, 2026.
Those keen to revisit Pandora will have to hold on a bit longer. Walt Disney Studios has moved Avatar 2‘s US release date back a year, to December 17, 2021 from December 18, 2020. Avatar 3 has moved back two years from 2021 to December 22, 2023, Avatar 4 goes back a year to December 19, 2025, and Avatar 5 is scheduled to hit cinemas on December 17, 2027.
So yeah, Disney intends to have a hold on the holiday seasons for the next few years.
“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,” Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of theatrical distribution, said in a statement.
“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.”