Doctor Omega

“Star Wars” Films On Hiatus After 2019


Shortly after the Disney+ launch yesterday, Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke with Bloomberg and confirmed something that was expected – the “Star Wars” films are going on hiatus.

This year’s J.J. Abrams-directed film serves as both the final film in the current trilogy and the final film in the franchise’s overall nine-film Skywalker saga. Disney put a pause on the non-saga films after the disappointing box-office performance of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” last May.

“We have not announced any specific plans for movies thereafter. There are movies in development, but we have not announced them…We will take a pause, some time, and reset…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.”

Disney will keep people keen on the property with both “The Mandalorian” series launching November 12th with the Disney+ service, and the Cassian Andor series which is expected to go out either late 2020 or early 2021.

Both “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson and “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are continuing to develop. new “Star Wars” films.


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Disney are far too greedy! They should have put Solo out for Christmas not in the middle of May!!! Kids love these films at Christmas and the winter time rather than when they can be swimming in the lakes in the parks with their friends! Whatever happened to Disney?

The Seeker

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Disney got too big for its britches, that’s what happened to Disney.

Now Walt Disney was a nasty piece of work but at least he knew how to make good films and market them.

Doctor Omega

Kennedy Talks The Future Of “Star Wars”


With Star Wars Celebration closing up in Chicago, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has been doing post-panel press rounds and discussed the future of the “Star Wars” franchise beyond both the launch of “The Mandalorian” series and the closing out of the ‘Skywalker’ saga films.

As we know, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson and “Game of Thrones” showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff have begun early development of their own separate trilogies based on the franchise, and there’s no word yet if they will direct any of these movies.

Speaking with THR, Kennedy says next month will be a big one in that she’ll be meeting with all of them and the post-saga future will be mapped out:

“We knew we were going to close this up; we knew that even before we started ‘The Force Awakens’. We are looking at the next saga. We are not just looking at another trilogy; we’re really looking at the next ten years or more. This [‘Rise of Skywalker’] is the culmination of the Skywalker Saga; it’s by no means the culmination of Star Wars. I’m sitting down now with Dan Weiss and David Benioff…and Rian Johnson. We’re all sitting down to talk about, where do we go next? We’ve all had conversations about what the possibilities might be, but now we’re locking it down.”

In the wake of the “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” name reveal and trailer on Friday, people have also been talking about the return of Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Teased with a laugh in the teaser trailer, McDiarmid then appeared on stage on his own after that reveal – effectively confirming his return.

Speaking with Yahoo, Kennedy says the character’s return was always planned: “This has been in the blueprint for a long time, yeah. We had not landed on exactly how we might do that, but yes, it was always [to be in Episode IX].” She also spoke about the film’s title and its meaning:

“I think ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ it doesn’t answer anything. It’s provocative, it asks questions, and it could mean a lot of different things and I think that’s what was important to us. We didn’t want to have a title that felt like it was telling you the story. At the same time, it needs to feel emotional, which is a challenge to try to figure out what that might be. And I think the word Skywalker, it’s captured all 40 years of what’s gone before.”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens in cinemas in December

Doctor Omega

This [‘Rise of Skywalker’] is the culmination of the Skywalker Saga; it’s by no means the culmination of Star Wars.

I remember a movie called STAR WARS. It had a beginning, a middle and an end. Maybe they should have stopped it there - and everyone involved in it should have moved on to other things? :emoji_disappointed:


Okay, we would never have had.....



Or that goose-bump causing moment of choice for Vader in Jedi......


But think of so many other examples of crud that we would have been spared...... :emoji_head_bandage:
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Doctor Omega

This could have been STAR WARS 2 of course......


Splinter of the Mind's Eye was the first ever Expanded Universe novel to be written and published. Its author, Alan Dean Foster, had ghostwritten Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, the novelization of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, and this early involvement in the Star Wars universe gave Foster the opportunity to write Splinter.

According to an interview with Foster in Empire magazine, the novel had been written to be filmed as a low-budget sequel as a fallback plan in case Star Wars hadn't been a huge success. This accounts for the book taking place almost entirely on a fog-shrouded planet. Additionally, Harrison Ford was not signed for the sequel as of the writing of the book, which is why Han Solo does not appear in it. Though Foster was granted a great amount of leniency in developing the story, one requirement was that a lot of props from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope could be reused when filming the new story. According to Foster, Lucas' only request upon inspecting the manuscript was the removal of a dogfight in space undertaken by Luke and Leia before they crash-land on Mimban. Presumably, this sequence would have cost too much money to film.

The Kaiburr crystal was originally developed in the second draft of Lucas's The Star Wars script, where it appears as the Kyber crystal. (The script for Star Wars: A New Hope was a revised version of the fourth draft.)

There are minor inconsistencies between this novel and the one existing film. In the novel, the blade of Darth Vader's lightsaber is described as blue, like Luke's, although this may be due to the bland coloration of the lightsabers in the original theatrical release of Star Wars.[source?] R2-D2 is referred to in the novel as a "detoo" unit, despite the film clearly establishing "Artoo unit" as the standard nomenclature (in lines by Luke, Leia, Threepio, Owen Lars, and the Rebel Crew Chief). In the novel, Vader says that he had a difficult time discovering that Luke shot up his TIE fighter; in the film, the Millennium Falcon, piloted by Han Solo, had shot one of Vader's wingmen, and Vader's other wingman was so startled by this unexpected attack that he veered into Vader's TIE, sending it spinning away from the Death Star.

At the time this book was written, story elements revealed in later films had not yet been established. For example, the sibling relationship between Luke and Leia had yet to be decided. But the characters themselves would have been unaware of their relationship at this point in their lives, which explains the presence of some sexual tension between them. (The credibility of Leia's claim on Endor that she had "always known" Luke was her brother is undermined by the decidedly unbrotherly kiss she bestows him on Hoth.) Although Lucas claimed to have had the Star Wars saga mapped out even at this early stage, the fact that he allowed this plot element to remain in Foster's novel has been cited as evidence that he hadn't yet decided on the characters' backstory. However, Lucas has stated that this tension was intentional, to show that the two had feelings for one another, but that they did not know exactly what type of feelings.[source?]

Additionally, when Luke duels Vader in the novel, the former's technique is markedly more accomplished than in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, even to the point of severing Vader's mechanical arm, and Leia too is able to defend herself against the Dark Lord. But these can both be explained by elements from the novel and the later films. During the Mimban duel, Luke tells Vader, "I am Obi-Wan," which could indicate that Luke's prowess against the far more powerful and experienced Vader was a result of Obi-Wan's Force spirit flowing through Luke during the duel. This is also supported by Obi-Wan's claim in The Empire Strikes Back that he "can no longer interfere," which implies that he once had helped Luke in battle. Leia's ability to hold off Vader without any Jedi training can be explained by the revelation in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi that she was Force-sensitive and a potential Jedi.

In this novel, released in 1978, C-3PO mentions that Darth Vader knows "all the proper code words and commands" to shut him down. This eventually received an explanation, as it was revealed in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (released in 1999) that Vader himself, as a young Anakin Skywalker, built Threepio. However, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (released in 2005) brings this explanation into question when Bail Organa orders C-3PO's mind wiped. Whether Lucas had developed any of these story elements at this early stage is not likely.

Splinter of the Mind's Eye was adapted into a Dark Horse comic book limited series and graphic novel by Terry Austin and Chris Sprouse, published in 1996.