Because I’ve been scaling back the amount of time I spend online (especially Twitter and other social media platforms), I managed to miss the fact that it Star Wars Celebration was on at the moment (started yesterday, runs until April 16th).
Today, they dropped the first teaser trailer for Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (I’m assuming there will be many more trailers to come, each providing a few extra seconds more for everyone to analyze to death). I liked it, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they wrap up this saga.
Perhaps the most interesting other tidbit of Star Wars news is that Bob Iger has said, in an interview with Bloomberg, that the movie series will go on hiatus after Episode IX:
“We will take a pause, some time, and reset,” he said, “because the Skywalker saga comes to an end with this ninth movie. There will be other Stars Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.”
According to the Bloomberg piece, the franchise will focus more on TV projects. And, of course, the massive new Disney Star Wars theme park that’s supposed to open this summer.
Speaking of Star Wars TV series: io9 has reported that The Mandalorian will be available right away on Disney’s recently unveiled streaming service, Disney+ — which has a Netflix-beating subscription price-point of $6.99/month or $69.99/year.
It’s going to be interesting to see how well this service does — now that Disney owns Marvel, Star Wars, Fox and also their own considerable back catalogue, I think they may well start siphoning off Netflix subscribers who would really like a movie and TV library that is more than “good enough”.