Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for The Walt Disney Company participated in a question-and-answer session at the 6th Annual MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. We got some info on the next Star Wars film (scheduled for December 16, 2022) after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as well as a hint at what we might see in Marvel Studios Phase 4. If you’d like to listen to the entire interview, you can click here. Iger tells us who the next Star Wars film is coming from, and reveals that there will likely be a third live-action TV series after the Rogue One prequel and The Mandalorian.
Iger said, “When we finish IX – so we will have done VII, VIII and IX, and then we did Solo, and we did Rogue One, so, IX will be the fifth Star Wars movie released since we bought Lucasfilm in 2012. It’s our feeling that we’ve done a good job with those. I haven’t seen IX finished yet, but I’m confident based on pieces that I’ve seen, from the script that I read, that it’s going to be extremely popular. Then it would be smart of us to take a bit of a hiatus while we figure out what’s next. Now, we’re not going to wait until IX is released and then start figuring it out. We’re actually hard at work doing that already.
“And the conclusion that we reached is that three years is the proper amount of time to not only take a breather and reset, but to really gear up for the next film’s release. And we did a deal with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Dan Weiss, who are famous for Game of Thrones, and the next movie we release will be theirs. And we’re not saying anything more about that.
“In the interim, we are producing two live-action Star Wars series for Disney +. One of them is called The Mandalorian, which is being supervised by Jon Favreau, and the other one is a bit of a prequel to Rogue One. And my guess is there probably will be one more – at least one more live-action series that we produce for Disney+. I mean a Star Wars series, before we release the next film. So we not doing nothing… I believe these TV series will be extremely popular for Star Wars fans, and very, very valuable for Disney+ while we gear up for the next set of films. So that is Star Wars. We haven’t said anything more beyond what we’ve announced is the next film, and we haven’t given much detail about that.”
On what’s coming up next for Marvel Studios, Iger says there will be announcements this summer. He also gave us a hint about what they’ll be. He said, “They’re continuing to look at new characters, new franchises, new stories to tell, as well as mining characters from stories that have appeared in some of the films. In some cases, characters that have not been main characters in these films, but have basically been side characters, that you’ll see more of.” He also said, “there are at least half a dozen films in various stages of production, development, and more to come”
What do you think of Weiss and Benioff’s film being the next Star Wars franchise?