The ongoing global health crisis has affected nearly every aspect of daily life, and the film industry is no exception. Numerous studios have already announced delays in their upcoming films, including blockbusters like Wonder Woman 1984, A Quiet Place Part II, and more. Simply put, it was only a matter of time before the aftermath of COVID-19 forced Walt Disney Studios to shift their own slate of upcoming films. As The Direct outlined earlier this week, among the upcoming Disney films to be rescheduled include Marvel Studios' Black Widow and The Eternals. Now with an official announcement released from the studio, looking ahead, it seems the next film in a galaxy far far away has been spared of a delay.
In an official announcement released from Walt Disney Studios, the studio unveiled their updated release schedule, noting that many of their upcoming films would be delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Despite many other 2020 and 2021 films being pushed back, upon further review, the next Star Wars film will still be released in its original slot on December 16, 2022.
WHAT THIS MEANS
It is difficult to envision any 'good news' coming from the current global health crisis, and for many fans of films, the announcement of delayed releases is a tough pill to swallow. But this will only mean an abundance of blockbuster releases in the future, and for fans of Star Wars specifically, it is a rare bright spot to see that the next film in a galaxy far far away is still on track. Many of our Star Wars writers here at The Direct believe the 2022 film will venture into new territory, exploring characters and themes preluding the timeline of the Skywalker saga. If proven true, it is important for the film's development schedule to remain on track. The confirmation that the next Star Wars release will not be delayed bodes good news for that goal.