New Star Wars movie trilogy confirmed, Disney reveals release dates and more

Star Wars Avatar

Production finally began on Avatar 2 and 3 past year heading towards a 2020 debut for the first sequel, but now Disney-which owns Fox-has announced a slew of release date changes that affect the timing of the Avatar sequels.

Avatar 3 was originally scheduled to hit theaters on December 17, 2021 but has now been shifted to December 22, 2023.

The biggest shock is a brand new Star Wars trilogy to follow The Rise of Skywalker.

But the most notable delay announced Tuesday was a familiar one: The long wait for more "Avatar" films will go on a little longer.

In 2022, Disney does have an untitled Star Wars film slated for release on December 16, 2022.

Avatar 2 was due to release in December 2020 but has now been delayed yet again to Christmas 2021.

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The updated calendar also sets release dates for major franchises Avatar and Star Wars.

Yes indeed, if all goes according to plan, the Avatar franchise won't finish up until almost 20 years after the release of the first movie. At almost 65 films, the list includes offerings from not only Disney and Fox but Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm.

Click through the slideshow to see the three new release dates for the Star Wars movies... The other two follow on December 24, 2024, and December 18, 2026, respectively. While I'm sorry to see Artemis Fowl pushed back, it does move to a Summer opening date over Memorial Weekend.

"We will take a pause, some time, and reset, because the Skywalker Saga comes to an end with this ninth movie", Iger said at the time.

After the record success of Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Endgame", released in April, Marvel is scheduled to release two untitled films in 2020, three movies in 2021 and another three in 2022. Disney and Lucasfilm have now announced three new Star Wars films are going to be made and the Avatar sequels are being put on the back shelf. The first of the group, confirmed to be live-action, will be released on December 16, 2022.

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