Lucasfilm has officially announced that Star Wars: Episode IX, the ninth chapter of the Skywalker saga directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) will hit theaters on May 24, 2019.
While May was the home of the galaxy far, far away for several decades, Star Wars has become part of the holiday season in the new era of the franchise, but things are shifting back to the early summer movie season for both Episode IX and the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story, which is set for May 25, 2018. Production on Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to begin sometime this summer.
The studio has also revealed that the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise has been slated for release on July 10, 2020, with both director Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford returning for the film.
Shortly after Disney acquired Lucasfilm from Star Wars and Indiana Jones creator George Lucas, it was announced that Lucasfilm would be continuing both franchises. In addition to both Ford and Spielberg, legendary composer John Williams was confirmed last year to be scoring the new film but it remains unclear whether or not Lucas is still working on the project. According to screenwriter David Koepp, who is penning the script for the fifth installment, Lucas was — to his knowledge — not involved with Indy 5 , but this contradicts previous reports that he was was attached as an executive producer on the project.
Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed last summer that the studio does not plan on expanding the Jones brand like they are doing with Star Wars but will instead first focus on a reboot/continuation of the series, with a reboot of some sorts to come later.
The film was last reported to still be in the “thinking stages” this past December but is most certainly gaining traction with a release date now set.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises as we learn it.