2:27 pm EDT, May 7, 2019

Disney will alternate between ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Avatar’ every Christmas from 2021 through 2027

Walt Disney Studios announced the release date for every film in their foreseeable future, revealing their plans for their Fox acquisitions and likely scaring other studios.

Most notably, The Mouse announced that new Star Wars and Avatar movies would take turns being released over Christmas from 2021 through 2027 (and we can’t forget that The Rise of Skywalker will be released Christmas 2019). What those Star Wars projects will be are still a mystery, but the Avatar movies are the long-gestating projects from James Cameron and serve as follow-ups to the original movie released way back in 2009. The schedule looks like this:

  • December 17, 2021: Avatar 2
  • December 16, 2022: Untitled Star Wars
  • December 22, 2023: Avatar 3
  • December 20, 2024: Untitled Star Wars
  • December 19, 2025: Avatar 4
  • December 18, 2026: Untitled Star Wars
  • December 17, 2027: Avatar 5

Avatar 2 was previously slated for December 2020 (following several other delays), but the Disney acquisition has seemingly pushed all of the Avatar movies back a year or two.

Those Star Wars movies could be the ones in development from the Game of Thrones showrunners, from Rian Johnson, or they could be something else entirely.

Also notable here: Disney’s book-to-film adaptation of Artemis Fowl has been pushed to May 29, 2020. It was previously scheduled to be released this August.

A complete list of release dates can be seen below. Many of these have been shared previously, but Disney decided to do some housekeeping by providing the media with a full list:

Disney’s 2019 release dates

  • Tolkien (Fox Searchlight) – May 10
  • Aladdin (Dis) – May 24
  • Dark Phoenix (Fox) – June 7
  • Toy Story 4 (Dis) – June 21
  • Stuber (Fox) – July 12
  • The Lion King (Dis) – July 19
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain (Fox) – Aug 9
  • Ready or Not (Fox Searchlight) – Sept. 20
  • The Woman in the Window (Fox) – Oct. 4
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Dis) – Oct. 18
  • Ford v. Ferrari (Fox) – Nov. 15
  • Frozen 2 (Dis) – Nov. 22
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Dec. 20
  • Spies in Disguise (Fox) – Dec. 25

Disney’s 2020 release dates

  • Underwater (Fox) – Jan. 10
  • Untitled Kingsman Movie (Fox) – Feb. 14
  • Call of the Wild (Fox) – Feb. 21
  • Onward (Dis) – March 6
  • Mulan (Dis) – March 27
  • The New Mutants (Fox) – April 3
  • Untitled Marvel (Dis)- May 1
  • Artemis Fowl (Dis) – May 29
  • Untitled Pixar (Dis) – June 19
  • Free Guy (Fox) – July 3
  • Bob’s Burgers (Fox) – July 17
  • Jungle Cruise (Dis) – July 24
  • The One and Only Ivan (Dis) – Aug. 14
  • Death on the Nile (Fox) – Oct. 9
  • Untitled Marvel (Dis) – Nov. 6
  • Ron’s Gone Wrong (Dis) – Nov. 6
  • Untitled Disney Animation – Nov. 25
  • West Side Story (Fox/Amblin) – Dec. 18
  • Cruella (Dis) – Dec. 23

Disney’s 2021 release dates

  • Untitled Disney Marvel – Feb. 12.
  • Nimona (Fox) – March 5
  • Untitled Disney Live Action -March 12
  • Untitled Disney Marvel – May 5
  • Untitled Disney Live Action – May 28
  • Untitled Pixar – June 18
  • Untitled Indiana Jones – July 9
  • Untitled Disney Live Action – July 30
  • Untitled Disney Live Action – Oct. 8
  • Untitled Disney Marvel – Nov. 5
  • Untitled Disney Animation – Nov. 24
  • Avatar 2 (Fox) – Dec. 17

Disney’s 2022 release dates

  • Untitled Disney Marvel – Feb. 18
  • Untitled Pixar – March 18
  • Untitled Disney Marvel – May 6
  • Untitled Disney Live Action – May 27
  • Untitled Pixar – June 17
  • Untitled Disney Live Action – July 8
  • Untitled Disney Marvel – July 29
  • Untitled Disney Live Action – Oct. 7
  • Untitled Disney Live Action – Nov. 4
  • Untitled Disney Animation – Nov. 23
  • Untitled Star Wars (Dis) – Dec. 16.

2023

  • Untitled Disney Live Action – Feb. 17
  • Avatar 3 (Fox) – Dec. 22

2024

  • Untitled Star Wars (Dis)- Dec. 20

2025

  • Avatar 4 (Fox) – Dec. 19

2026

  • Untitled Star Wars (Dis)- Dec. 18

2027

  • Avatar 5 (Fox) – Dec. 17

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