The best piece of news from Disney today is that after Episode IX drops in December, the Star Wars series will be taking a break through December 2022. James Cameron's long-delayed "Avatar 2" will now open in theaters in December 2021 instead of its most recent date of December 2020.
This clever marketing move means there will be a Star Wars and Avatar movie on rotation each Christmas from 2021-2027.
The Walt Disney Company has just published the studio's updated release schedule, and among several other shifts and announcements, we've learned about several new Star Wars release dates. Now, they've announced a new trilogy for Star Wars as well as some unfortunate news for fans who've been anticipating the Avatar sequel.
This year, the studios' slate includes several Disney films, including the live-action "Aladdin" on May 24, a live-action "The Lion King" on July 19, "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" on October 18 and "Frozen 2" on November 22. At almost 65 films, the list includes offerings from not only Disney and Fox but Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm. But now, Disney has pushed back the release date to December 17, 2021.
"Artemis Fowl", previously scheduled for release in August, is now set for May 29, 2020.
Technically, that is still somewhat true, as all of the slated projects are now named "Untitled Marvel", with nothing to go on but their release dates: May 2020, November 2020, February 2021, May 2021, November 2021, February 2022, May 2022, and August 2022.