Disney Sets Release Dates for New Star Wars Movies, Delays Avatar Sequels

Disney Sets Release Dates for New Star Wars Movies, Delays Avatar Sequels

Disney has set new Launch dates for future Star Wars movies, while rearranging James Cameron’s Avatar sequels and other Fox Films, which now fall under its umbrella after the completion of acquisition back in March.

Three untitled Star Wars films are slated for December 2022, December 2024, and December 2026. The Avatar sequels have been pushed back and will now open in several years: Fantasy 2 in December 2021, Avatar 3 in December 2023, Avatar 4 in December 2025, and Avatar 5 at December 2027. Marvel films belonging to Fox’s slate have been removed from the program, while Marvel Studios keeps its eight slots out of 2020-2022.

In a statement on its official site on Tuesday, Disney revealed an updated release schedule for the upcoming films. As you can tell, Avatar and Star Wars will share the pre-Christmas weekend beginning in 2021 through 2027, alternating every year. There are currently two different Star Wars film series in the works, one from The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson, and another from Game of Thrones founders David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. It is unclear how they will share the three dates one of them. Cameron’s Avatar sequels were initially slated for December 2020-21 and December 2024-25, however they’ve now been equally spaced apart beginning 2021.

With the December 2020 now empty, Disney has put Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake for December 18, 2020, and its live-action film Cruella will start December 23, 2020. Meanwhile, Brad Pitt-starrer sci-fi movie Ad Astra has been pushed back four months to September 20, 2019. Additionally, two movies slated for August 2019 also have been postponed. The much-delayed X-Men terror spin-off The New Mutants will open April 3, 2020, and Kenneth Branagh-directed Artemis Fowl adaptation flies in May 29, 2020.

“We are eager to set up a strong and diverse slate that lays the base of our long-term strategy, bringing together a breadth of movies in Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fox, Fox Searchlight and Blue Sky Studios to make an extraordinary collection of cinematic experiences for viewers across the globe,” said Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of theatrical distribution, franchise management, and business and audience insights. “Having a strong summer already set up, we are happy to carry that momentum ahead of the coming years because of a creative wellspring of bold and imaginative stories coming from our world class studios — including several new chapters of 2 revered franchises, Avatar and Star Wars.”

Here is the updated Disney schedule to your easy perusal, with only the largest releases cited.

Disney films in 2019

May 24, 2019 — Aladdin

March 6, 2020 — Onward (Pixar)

March 27, 2020 — Mulan

April 3, 2020 — The New Mutants

May 1, 2020 — Untitled Marvel movie

May 29, 2020 — Artemis Fowl

June 19, 2020 — Untitled Pixar film

November 6, 2020 — Untitled Marvel movie

November 25, 2020 — Untitled Disney animated movie

December 18, 2020 — West Side Story

December 23, 2020 — Cruella

Disney movies in 2021

February 12, 2021 — Untitled Marvel movie

March 12, 2021 — Untitled Disney live-action film

May 7, 2021 — Untitled Marvel film

May 28, 2021 — Untitled Disney live-action movie

June 18, 2021 — Untitled Pixar movie

July 9, 2021 — Indiana Jones 5

July 30, 2021 — Untitled Disney live-action movie

October 8, 2021 — Untitled Disney live-action film

November 5, 2021 — Untitled Marvel film

November 24, 2021 — Untitled Disney animated film

December 17, 2021 — Avatar Two

Disney movies in 2022

February 18, 2022 — Untitled Marvel film

March 18, 2022 — Untitled Pixar film

May 6, 2022 — Untitled Marvel movie

May 27, 2022 — Untitled Disney live-action film

June 17, 2022 — Untitled Pixar film

July 8, 2022 — Untitled Disney live-action movie

July 29, 2022 — Untitled Marvel movie

October 7, 2022 — Untitled Disney live-action film

November 4, 2022 — Untitled Disney live-action movie

November 23, 2022 — Untitled Disney animated movie

December 16, 2022 — Untitled Star Wars film

Disney films in 2023

February 17, 2023 — Untitled Disney live-action film

December 22, 2023 — Avatar 3

Disney films in 2024

December 20, 2024 — Untitled Star Wars film

Disney films in 2025

December 19, 2025 — Avatar 4

Disney films in 2026

December 18, 2026 — Untitled Star Wars movie

Disney films in 2027

December 17, 2027 — Avatar 5