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Turner Lands 11 Star Wars Films, Including Parts VIII, IX and Rogue One

This is the deal Turner was looking for.

Through unprecedented deals with The Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox, TNT and TBS have secured exclusive basic cable and ad-supported on-demand rights to the entire live-action Star Wars oeuvre as we currently know it.

The 11-film agreement includes the network premiere windows for last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (hitting theaters Dec. 16), as well as the network-TV premieres of the next three yet-to-be-released movies, including the final two films of the new trilogy.

The Disney agreement covers five of the six original Star Wars films, while a separate deal with 20th Century Fox folds in the one that got it all started, Star Wars: A New Hope.

TNT will mark the milestone arrangement by airing the first two trilogies over six consecutive nights, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8/7c, with The Phantom Menace, and wrapping Sunday, Sept. 25 with Return of the Jedi and a big ol’ Endor hootenanny.

The Force Awakens (which made its premium cable debut Sept. 10 on Starz) will land on TNT in early 2018, followed in 2019 by Rogue One.

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  1. Ninamags says:

    Cool. I know what I’ll be doing that week.

    There is no such thing as watching those movies too many times.

  2. David S. says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t keep them in the ABC/Disney family, perhaps on Freeform. Freeform is apparently losing the Harry Potter movies, so they’ll need a replacement franchise for their weekend long marathons of HP.

  3. c-mo says:

    Articles should always have to include the word “hootenanny”…it’s such an evocative word. Thanks for making my day, Matt!!!

    • SW Uberfan says:

      Especially “Ewok Hootenanny”!!1

      Was wondering about the tv rights to the trilogies. Guess now I know….

      By the way, be reverent. Many Bothan’s died to bring us this information…..

  4. Lisa says:

    I can’t even fathom how much $$ they paid for this deal! Crazy, but very cool win for Turner!

  5. hopemullinax says:

    This is cool especially since TNT used to run the rebroadcast of Clone Wars when it was on the air!

  6. hopemullinax says:

    Does this include the Clone Wars movie or the still to come Han Solo movie? The two Original Trilogies, Episodes VII-IX, and Rogue One is only ten films. So what is the eleventh movie?

    • hopemullinax says:

      Reading the article again, they said Rogue One AND the next three movies. Good for the Han Solo movie. Sad that Clone Wars isn’t part of this deal. It’s always forgotten that it had a theatrical release.
      Though, the series was far better than the actual movie, so I understand the thought of this.