- With months since the last release, Star Wars fans are anticipating details about the franchise’s next film and television releases
- Disney+’s The Mandalorian‘s second season is particularly coveted by fans, along with a similarly-formatted Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff series
- Read below for odds and predictions about the next Star Wars installments’ release dates, online approval ratings, and domestic gross
Star Wars fans have a lot to look forward to. Ever since Disney’s $4.05 billion acquisition of LucasFilm in 2012, the volume of releases increased exponentially.
In the past calendar year, film audiences ate up Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. Meanwhile, streaming subscribers plowed through The Mandalorian on Disney+ almost as quickly as weekly episodes were released. Fans want as much Star Wars content as Disney can give them.
Upcoming releases in this franchise umbrella include another Disney+ exclusive in the form of an Obi-Wan Kenobi-focused series as well as the rumored next film installment: Star Wars: The High Republic. Additionally, a much-anticipated second chapter in The Mandalorian‘s saga is scheduled for release in October 2020.
With so much Star Wars content on the way and not a lot of details locked in, there is plenty of room to bet on the franchise’s release dates as well as how well the fodder will fare at the box office and on Rotten Tomatoes.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ Series Release Date
|Before May 31, 2022||+150|
|After May 31, 2022||-200|
Odds taken May 1
After the runaway success of The Mandalorian, it’s no shocker Disney is going to leverage its streaming service Disney+ with more Star Wars series.
Impressively, Disney has landed Ewan McGregor to reprise his role for this project. It’s been 15 years since McGregor held a lightsaber on screen, most recently starring as Kenobi in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith.
This project has shapeshifted multiple times. First conceived as a standalone film, the Kenobi project is now a six-episode series. But with change comes delays. Rumors for this work go back to 2016 and here we are four years later with no release date announced.
The COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t help the situation out at all. All film production has halted and delayed nearly every Hollywood project presently in development. With production pushed to begin in January 2021, fans may be waiting a while longer for the series presently titled Pilgrim.
Pick: After May 31, 2022 (-200)
Star Wars: The High Republic Domestic Gross
|Over $200 Million||-120|
|Under $200 Million||-120|
Previously announced as a multimedia book release, an anticipated film version of The High Republic is set to take audiences into a world 400 years before the Skywalker saga began. Filled with Jedis in their prime, this one is set to be major fodder for Star Wars fans.
By the time this next Star Wars film hits theaters in December 2022, it will have been three years since audiences last visited a galaxy far, far away.
This gap in release dates is probably no coincidence. After Disney released its first Star Wars film in 2015, they cranked them out annually for five years. But this oversaturation wore fans out. Films like Solo: A Star Wars Story flopped.
Although even the lower performing Star Wars films (here’s looking at you again, Solo) still made over $200 million, times have changed in the film industry rather recently.
While theaters will almost definitely reopen by the time Republic is released, movie culture will be forever changed post-COVID-19. Film companies like Universal have announced they’ll be co-releasing films on streaming services and theaters will likely be selling less tickets.
It may be harder for films to be raking in huge gross earnings in the near future, but Star Wars is an exception. Fans are going to be filling those seats.
Pick: Over $200 Million (-120)
The Mandalorian Props
|Season 2 – Episode 1 Average||Odds|
|Season 2 Average Tomatometer||Odds|
Far beyond the reach of Star Wars‘ typical fanbase, season one of The Mandalorian was beloved by even those uninitiated.
Most of the series’ first season has impressive average score ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, boasting an average of 93% for the season overall. The pilot pulled in a 90% while the final two episodes both racked in a jaw-dropping 100%.
But can season two deliver? Of course it can. The Mandalorian is the most expensive television show of all time, costing a cool $1 million per episode. Money may not be able to buy you happiness, but it definitely does buy quality.
Disney knocked this one out of the park on its first run. They’ll be securing the top guns across the industry to make sure season two is just as quality.
Pick: Over 91% (-120), Over 92% (-120)
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