The Weekly Wrap: More Star Wars Films On The Horizon

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Disney is pulling the trigger on extending its Star Wars films, with a new trilogy set to begin in December 2022. Subsequent sequels will be released in 2024 and 2026 respectively. The new films will reportedly be spearheaded by The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson. But Disney is also rumoured to be working on another separate trilogy as well, however there is no confirmation yet if Disney will expand on its standalone Star Wars adventure following the lukewarm reception Solo garnered last year.

Avatar Sequels Delayed
Fans will have to wait a while longer (again) to see those bright blue aliens from Pandora on the big screen again. It seems that The Avatar sequels have been delayed once more. This time around, Avatar 2 has been bumped a whole year from December 2020 to December 2021. The sequels have also been moved to two years apart with Avatar 3 set for Christmas 2023 and the final chapter for the franchise in 2025.

Gambit Is Officially Canned
It looks like the Channing Tatum’s dream of bringing Gambit to life for a standalone adventure is officially done for. Disney has dropped the X-Men spinoff from its schedule. Originally the film was supposed to be released in March 2020 but with no production in sight. The film largely languished in production hell with several directors who were attached to the film including Rupert Wyatt, Doug Liman, and Gore Verbinski.

Fox Movies Get Shuffled By Disney
It looks like Disney is getting to work on managing its newly-acquired properties at Fox. The new owners have shuffled several big release dates for the upcoming slate to ensure that each film gets it maximum return. The New Mutants is the first film on the block, shifting from its initial release in August to April 2020. The Art of Racing in the Rain from Fox 2000 has also been brought forward a month earlier to August. Ad Astra, the sci-fi film starring Brad Pitt has been shifted from May to September whilst the animated feature, Spies in Disguise has moved from September to December.

First Look: A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday tale, A Christmas Carol is heading to the small screen later this year in the form of a miniseries. An FX and BBC production, the miniseries by Steven Knight sees Guy Pearce leading the story as Ebenezer Scrooge. Helping him along will be Andy Serkis as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Rutger Hauer as the Ghost of Christmas Future. The series will deliver a more modern context to the tale, which should be interesting following the impressive talent they’ve gathered for this latest iteration of A Christmas Carol.

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