Disney CEO Announces New Direction for 'Star Wars' in Coming Years

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By RADIO.COM

Don’t expect to see any “Star Wars” films in theaters anytime soon because Disney has announced they're shifting their focus to television.

Bob Iger, the chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney company, revealed that television is the “priority” for the next few years.

The decision comes a little over a month after “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office globally, reports Forbes.

According to IndieWire, Rian Johnson, writer and director of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” has signed on to create a new film trilogy, although the project remains in the initial stages.

When Johnson spoke to the RADIO.COM “Swings & Mrs” podcast with Jennifer and Cody Decker, he confirmed he was working with LucasFilm on more “Star Wars” projects, but admitted he couldn’t say much more without the studio’s official announcement.

However, Iger said there are no films waiting to be announced in the near future.

With the release of Disney+, the brand’s streaming service, fans of the franchise will be able to tap into shows from the comfort of their own home.

The focus on television also means there will be a larger offering of shows set in the “Star Wars” universe including spinoffs featuring iconic characters.

The decision to prioritize television isn’t surprising considering the massive success of “The Mandalorian.”

The live-action series debuted in November and became an instant hit with the help of Baby Yoda, who became a viral sensation.

The series has already been renewed for a second season that’s set to premiere in October 2020.

Iger also teased the possibility of additional television series being spun off from “The Mandalorian.”

“[The company is exploring] the possibility of infusing ‘The Mandalorian’ with more characters and taking those characters in their own direction in terms of series,” he explained.

Disney+ announced a few shows that are in production including “Hawkeye” with Jeremy Renner reprising his role and “Cassian Andor” with Diego Luna.

“Obi-Wan,” the series starring Ewan McGregor in the role that made him famous in 1999, has been put on hiatus for a script rewrite that better aligns with Lucasfilm standards.

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