In a move that’s got Star Wars fans across the galaxy buzzing with excitement, the iconic Star Wars Saga films are set to grace Disney’s linear networks, including ABC, FX, and Freeform. This news comes hot on the heels of a groundbreaking deal that’s been inked, sharing the broadcast rights between Turner and Disney after a six-year stint with the former.
This monumental agreement encompasses the entire Star Wars cinematic universe, from the fan-favorite original trilogy that began with “The Phantom Menace” and concluded with “The Rise of Skywalker,” to the standalone gems like “Rogue One” and “Solo.” Yes, you heard it right, even the adventures of Jyn Erso and Han Solo will soon find their home on Disney-owned networks. But that’s not all! The animated masterpiece, “The Clone Wars,” is also part of the package.
So, what does this mean for Star Wars enthusiasts? Well, it means you’ll soon be able to catch the Force-fueled epicness right on your television screens, in addition to its streaming abode on Disney+. The galaxies far, far away are making themselves comfortable on Disney’s linear networks, and it’s an arrangement that promises indefinite cosmic adventures over the coming years.
Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane. In the original trilogy, the legendary Mark Hamill portrayed Luke Skywalker, a humble farm boy destined to become the most significant figure in the galaxy, thanks to his latent Jedi potential. With the aid of his steadfast companions, Luke ultimately toppled the oppressive Galactic Empire, which had terrorized the galaxy for decades, led by none other than his father, Anakin Skywalker (played by Hayden Christensen). Anakin’s tragic descent into the Dark Side was depicted in the prequel trilogy, revealing that his fall was precipitated by his desperate quest to save his beloved wife. Decades later, the fate of the galaxy rested in the hands of Rey (portrayed by Daisy Ridley), who valiantly battled to thwart the First Order’s nefarious plans.
Now, what’s on the horizon for the Star Wars franchise? After the epic conclusion with “The Rise of Skywalker” in 2019, the studio set its sights on the expansive Star Wars universe with a captivating lineup of television series, including the wildly popular “The Mandalorian” and the highly anticipated “Ahsoka.” Furthermore, fans were treated to some exciting news during this year’s Star Wars Celebration Europe, with three new theatrical features in the pipeline, helmed by the talents of Dave Filoni, James Mangold, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. While the exact details of the next Star Wars cinematic adventure remain cloaked in secrecy, the release date everyone’s marking their calendars for is May 22, 2026.
So, prepare your lightsabers, fire up the hyperdrive, and get ready for an out-of-this-world journey as Star Wars invades your TV screens like never before!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Star Wars Broadcast Deal
What networks will the Star Wars Saga films be aired on?
The Star Wars Saga films will be broadcast on Disney’s linear networks, including ABC, FX, and Freeform.
Does this deal include all Star Wars films?
Yes, this deal includes all Star Wars films, from “The Phantom Menace” to “The Rise of Skywalker,” as well as standalone movies like “Rogue One” and “Solo.” The animated film “The Clone Wars” is also part of the agreement.
When is the next confirmed Star Wars theatrical release?
The next confirmed Star Wars theatrical release is scheduled for May 22, 2026.
Are there any new Star Wars series or films in development?
Yes, Disney is actively developing new Star Wars content, including television series like “The Mandalorian” and “Ahsoka.” Additionally, there have been announcements of three new Star Wars films directed by Dave Filoni, James Mangold, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, although specific details remain undisclosed.