There are a lot more Star Wars movies on the way. Today we're going to look at every upcoming movie confirmed and in development.
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012, they had one goal: to bring back George Lucas' space opera. They've certainly succeeded. Three films into the Disney era, Lucasfilm has launched both a sequel trilogy and a series of spinoff anthology movies. They're now releasing a new Star Wars film every single year, meaning fans have a lot to look forward to. So what can we expect in the future? Here's a list of everything known to be in the works.
Star Wars Episode IX - December 2019
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 were 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.
Rian Johnson's New Star Wars Trilogy
Lucasfilm were clearly impressed by Rian Johnson's work on The Last Jedi. In November, they announced that he would launch a new 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 plot, so there isn't much news about this trilogy yet. "I’m... thinking of what’s the story going to be," Johnson explained during Episode VIII's press tour, "Who is it going to follow? What elements is it going to have? What kind of drama is in it?"
Benioff and Weiss's New Star Wars Series
In a surprise announcement, Lucasfilm has revealed that it's working on a series of Star Wars movies 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. The news suggests Lucasfilm intend to vary the tone and style of their movies a little more going forward. Meanwhile, it's important to note that this has been described as a "series," not as a "trilogy." As tempting as it is to assume Star Wars will always move in trilogies, Lucasfilm could have something very different planned.
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's been in limbo ever since, although in summer there were rumors Lucasfilm was attempting to breathe life into it once again. That was apparently confirmed in December, with reports the film has a working title of "Tin Can". In May 2018, it was reported James Mangold was attached to direct Boba Fett, though that wasn't confirmed by Lucasfilm.
In August, it was revealed Lucasfilm was beginning to actually work on an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff. The character is another popular one, and there are serious hopes Ewan McGregor will reprise the role. According to initial reports, Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry was in talks to direct, but he has since left.
Sources have indicated the film has a working title of "Joshua Tree". Fans of U2 will recognize this as the name of a much-loved album, whose cover features Zabriskie Point in Southern California’s Death Valley. That location was used by Lucas to film scenes set in Tatooine in A New Hope, leading fans to expect that the film will be set during Kenobi's self-imposed exile to Tatooine.
The status of this film is currently in question, as recent reports point to Lucasfilm placing future spinoffs in the Star Wars Story line on hold.
Other Star Wars Films
Lucasfilm is reportedly considering some other anthology films too, although by most accounts these are in the early stages. There were rumors of a Yoda film as far back as 2013, and recent 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 have grossed over $4 billion in the global box office. 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.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019