The Skywalker saga is coming to an end, but there are still a lot more Star Wars movies on the way. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012, they had one goal: to bring back George Lucas' space opera. They've certainly succeeded in that regard, with four blockbuster movies having already released in theaters.
So far, Disney's Lucasfilm has released two saga movies and two spinoff movies, most of which have performed remarkably at the worldwide box office. But just because the Skywalker saga is ending soon, that doesn't mean Lucasfilm will cease making Star Wars movies, as there's still plenty of story left to tell - whether that means expanding upon elements from the saga or exploring entirely new arenas.
Ever since 2015, Lucasfilm has released a Star Wars movie every year, but that may soon end with Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, seeing as the studio currently doesn't have another film planned for 2020. Regardless of that, there are still quite a few Star Wars movies in development.
Last updated: March 19, 2019
Star Wars Episode IX - December 20, 2019
Star Wars: Episode IX has already been a challenging film, with Carrie Fisher's tragic death forcing dramatic rewrites of the script. Matters became further complicated when director Colin Trevorrow exited the project in September 2017 amid reports Lucasfilm was unhappy with his redrafts. Lucasfilm signed up J.J. Abrams to take over. A director who already launched the sequels in style with The Force Awakens, he'll now have to bring this story to a satisfying close. Filming wrapped on Star Wars: Episode IX in February 2019, and the film's first footage as well as its title are expected to be released at Star Wars Celebration in April 2019.
Rian Johnson's New Star Wars Trilogy
Lucasfilm was clearly impressed by Rian Johnson's work on The Last Jedi. In November 2017, they announced that he would launch a new Star Wars trilogy outside of the Skywalker saga. Remarkably, Johnson's pitch didn't even include a story; he's still in the early stages of drafting a story, so there isn't much news about this trilogy yet. Given the divisiveness of The Last Jedi, though, it was rumored that Johnson's Star Wars trilogy had been canceled, but the writer-director stepped in to debunk those rumors on social media.
Benioff & Weiss' New Star Wars Series
In a surprise announcement in February 2018, Lucasfilm revealed that they're working on a series of Star Wars movies written and produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was clearly thrilled to the break the news, declaring them "some of the best storytellers working today." Few would disagree; the pair are best known for their work on Game of Thrones. While little is known about Benioff and Weiss' Star Wars series, since they're still hard at work on completing Game of Thrones season 8, it has been rumored that their Star Wars series will take place in the Old Republic, hundreds of years prior to the original trilogy. Furthermore, it appears that their movie will be the next Star Wars movie to film after Star Wars: Episode IX, but neither than nor the story has been confirmed as of yet.
Boba Fett Movie
Boba Fett is tremendously popular among fans, almost in spite of his small on-screen role in the original trilogy. As such, Lucasfilm has long toyed with the idea of producing a Boba Fett spinoff. They signed up Josh Trank as director back in 2014, but he left the project around the release of Fantastic Four. It has been in limbo until May 2018, when James Mangold signed up to direct Boba Fett, though that was never confirmed by Lucasfilm. Unfortunately, a few months following the under-performing release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm halted development of the Boba Fett spinoff movie. If it ever does happen, it won't be anytime soon.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie
In August 2017, it was revealed that Lucasfilm was beginning to actually work on an Obi-Wan spinoff. The character is another popular one, and there were serious hopes Ewan McGregor would reprise the role. Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry was reportedly in talks to direct, but he left the project before Solo opened. Given that reports suggested Lucasfilm put future spinoffs in the Star Wars Story line on hold, it seems unlikely that the Obi-Wan movie will ever happen. But there's still hope for prequel fans, as it was recently reported Lucasfilm will produce a six-episode Obi-Wan limited series for the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service.
Other Star Wars Films
Lucasfilm is reportedly considering other anthology films too, though considering that the studio put spinoff movies on hold, the following Star Wars films may no longer be in development (even at the earliest stages). There were rumors of a Yoda film as far back as 2013, and previous reports have suggested that idea is back on the table. There's also some evidence Lucasfilm is toying with a film centered on Jabba the Hutt. That would certainly be an odd choice, as the villain was portrayed as pretty unlikable back in Return of the Jedi.
The first three Disney Star Wars movies grossed over $4 billion in the global box office, but Solo: A Star Wars Story was their first misfire. Although there are sure to be stumbles along the way, Lucasfilm can remain confident that Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon. These movies will continue to perform, and wise decisions will open up whole new opportunities. Whether that comes through exploring the galaxy's ancient history, or stepping into the far future, the Star Wars movies will remain one of the most exciting franchises of our time.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019