Disney to Announce Next STAR WARS Spinoff This Summer?
After purchasing Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, Disney revitalized the iconic Star Wars franchise with a seventh saga installment, 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and a spinoff, Rogue One, taking place immediately before Star Wars: A New Hope and removed from the episodic Skywalker installments. The eighth episode, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, just debuted its first teaser trailer at Star Wars Celebration Orlando and will undoubtedly break box office records when audiences return to a galaxy far, far away on December 15th.
The Force Awakens and Rogue One were both monumental successes, each surpassing $1 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. A second spinoff, the young Han Solo movie, arrives May 2018, and we’ve long been aware of Disney’s plans to continue the “forever franchise” with standalone films that occur at different points and times throughout the galaxy. There was long talk of a planned Boba Fett movie, and it’s likely that rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi movie gains some traction eventually.
Speaking with MTV at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy remained vague, but did admit the company hopes to announce the next Star Wars spinoff in just a few months. “I think we’re getting close. My hope would be sometime around the summer,” she revealed. “I never want to predict the creative process because it is its own thing, so we’re in the midst of those discussions right now.”
If an announcement comes this summer, it would most likely come at D23 Expo 2017, Disney’s official bi-annual convention where filmmakers, stars and studio executives are on hand to announce the biggest projects in the Disney pipeline.
When asked about 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX, and whether or not the newest trilogy will conclude the stories of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and others, Kennedy replied, “It’s interesting you ask that, because I’m sure everybody would love for me to say, ’Oh yeah we’ve got this figured out for the next 20 years.’ No, we spend a lot of time talking, debating, watching, looking at what connects with ourselves, with the audience, all of that is a part of our decision-making. We’re asking those questions right now. We’ll make a decision soon.”