“The Acolyte” is a show that is set during the High Republic era, roughly a century before the events of the “Star Wars” prequel films. Production got underway on that one back in Fall 2022 and there’s a real possibility it will stream on Disney+ before 2023 draws to a close. As for “Skeleton Crew,” that’s the show that Jon Watts (director of the Tom Holland-led “Spider-Man” trilogy) is making, and seemingly the project that pulled him away from directing “Fantastic Four.” Meanwhile, “Andor” season 2 will pick up where season 1 left off, though we might not actually see that one until 2024.
In short, we’ve got plenty of “Star Wars” on the way but some might be wondering, what is going on with the movies? “The Rise of Skywalker” hit theaters in December 2019 and it’s mostly been crickets ever since. Plenty of films have entered development, but nothing has materialized. “Rogue Squadron” from director Patty Jenkins seemed poised to get the job done, but it’s currently languishing in development hell. We also have some promising ones on the burner, including the mystery movie being produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige, as well as one being written by Damon Lindelof of “Watchmen” and “Lost” fame. If the last 10 years have taught us anything, however, either of those could fall apart.
It’s hard to imagine that the next wave of “Star Wars” movies will stay away for that much longer before something gets the go-ahead, though it’s downright amazing that this franchise has pivoted so hard and so quickly to TV. Is this for better or for worse? That is largely for the individual to decide.