‘Star Wars’ franchise to take “hiatus” after release of next film

"We will take a pause, some time, and reset."

The Star Wars franchise is going on a hiatus after the release of Episode 9, according to Disney boss Bob Iger.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Iger confirmed that Episode 9 would be the last film for a while although “other” movies were “in development”.

He said: “We will take a pause, some time, and reset, because the Skywalker saga comes to an end with this ninth movie.”

He also hinted that there will be more movies to follow in the future, although no specific details were given. “There will be other Star Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.”

He added: “There are movies in development, but we have not announced them.”

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Meanwhile, it was announced last month that the first Star Wars movie to be made by the Game of Thrones showrunners will reportedly start shooting later this year.

David Benioff and DB Weiss were hired by Disney back in February 2018 to make a separate series of Star Wars films, which will not be associated with either the episodic Skywalker saga or the trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson.

It was reported on Star Wars Net that Benioff and Weiss will begin work on their first film later this year, with shooting possibly set to begin in the autumn. A source told the fan site that the duo’s series of films will begin by being set in the Old Republic era, and has been prioritised by Disney as they “wants to open up the Star Wars timeline and appeal to a more Game of Thrones-style audience”.