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

Matt Webb Mitovich

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.

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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.

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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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