This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
In response to the new coronavirus, which shows no signs of abating, Disney has once again changed the release schedule for its new movie.
Firstly, after repeated delays, the live-action version of Mulan, which was scheduled to be released in August of this year, has been postponed until the situation is assessed. There is no indication of the date or schedule for the postponement, and the film has been postponed indefinitely for the time being.
And now that the nine-part Skywalker saga is complete, Star Wars has been delayed a year from the previous "at least three theatrical films every other year starting at the end of 2022" and is now scheduled for release at the end of 2023, 2025 and 2027.
At the same time, the four remaining Avatar films acquired from FOX (scheduled to be a five-part series) will not break the alternating annual schedule, which will be shown at the end of the year when there is no Star Wars, and Avatar 2 will be pushed forward to the end of 2022.
The plan is now for Avatar 3 at the end of 2024, Avatar 4 at the end of 2026, and Avatar 5 at the end of 2028.
As for the new Star Wars movie, a new trilogy or series and what appears to be a spin-off one-off project are working in parallel, and the crew that has been named as director and production are in a state of confusion as to who will be in charge of which one.
However, the new film, which will be released at the end of 2023, will probably be directed and co-written by Taika Waititi, also known as the actor.
Taika Waititi is a filmmaker from New Zealand. Since being tapped to direct Thor: Ragnarok, he has become known as a top-notch director who can be entrusted with big films, and his 2019 film Jojo Rabbit, which he directed and wrote, was nominated for six Academy Awards and won Best Adapted Screenplay. In his upcoming film, he will also direct Marvel's new Mighty Thor film, Thor: Love and Thunder, which has also been delayed and is scheduled for a 2022 release.
When it comes to his involvement with Star Wars, he has professed to have been an avid fan since his childhood and also voiced key character droid IG-11 in Disney+'s live-action drama, The Mandalorian, as well as directing the acclaimed final episode of season 1 (episode 8).
After the Skywalker installments up to Episode IX, there was news that the new Star Wars orthobiography or book series, which will begin anew, will be handled by Benioff and Weiss, who are known for the huge success of Game of Thrones.
The duo initially spoke of their love of Star Wars and their responsibility for the big role, but in the fall of 2019, the duo walked away, saying they were too busy with the projects they were working on in their deal with Netflix to be able to give their full attention to both responsibilities.
In addition to this, director Ryan Johnson, who was slammed by some fans for The Last Jedi and is being treated as a supervillain appearance after George Lucas for Star Wars, has also been entrusted by Disney with the new Star Wars trilogy. No word on progress or changes here.
As with the theatrical films, production will be affected by the new coronavirus, but as far as online distribution, which can at least be released, Season 2 of The Mandalorian is scheduled to be available this fall as scheduled. Season 3 was also reportedly confirmed for production, but even though the Mandalorian gets most of its filming done on a high-tech set covered with a giant LED display wall, there are still challenges to shooting with a crew on site, and a specific schedule is not known.
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