September 25, 2016 – In October, 2012, the Walt Disney Co. and George Lucas announced that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. Four years later, here is the current schedule that Disney has announced for its “forever franchise”:
● Dec. 18, 2015: The Force Awakens
● Dec. 16, 2016: Rogue One
● Dec. 15, 2017: Star Wars Episode VIII (no official title yet)
● May 25, 2018: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story
● sometime in 2019: Star Wars Episode IX (no official title yet)
● sometime in 2020: third stand-alone Star Wars movie
In short, a Star Wars movie every year. But what happens after 2020? So far, the public can’t get enough Star Wars, and Disney has to appease its stockholders with boatloads of dividends and returns.
Last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger said he had spoken with Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy about the future of Star Wars.
“I had a meeting yesterday with Kathy Kennedy and we mapped out — well, we reviewed — the Star Wars plans that we have ’til 2020,” Iger said. “We have movies in development for Star Wars ’til then, and we started talking about what we’re going to do in 2021 and beyond.”
The movie scheduled for 2020 will be a third Star Wars stand-alone movie and already has a writer working on it. But the identity of the writer and any details about the storyline are under wraps.
Rumors of a Boba Fett-centric movie in 2020 continue. But at this point, that’s more wishful thinking and hoping than confirmed fact.
There are reports that writer Simon Kinberg might be assigned to write the 2020 movie. The foundation for the rumor is that some years ago, it was confirmed that both Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan had been drafting ideas for Star Wars spinoffs. Kasdan ended up co-writing The Force Awakens along with J.J. Abrams, after the mysterious departure of writer Michael Arndt.
The only confirmation from Disney is that discussions are actively underway for movie-planning for 2021 and beyond. Could there be an Episode X? We don’t know. Could there be more stand-alone films? Quite likely.
In the meanwhile, the new Star Wars Land theme parks (not officially named yet) will have opened or be on the verge of opening – one each in Anaheim and Orlando. Best guess: 2019-2021.
And if the timeline for Star Wars Rebels is similar to that of the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, then Rebels will have finished its storylines and been retired by 2020. Clone Wars ran for six seasons and 121 episodes (2008-2014). Therefore, if Rebels is just as successful, a six-year run would be 2014-2020.
Finally, notice some overlap here: Writer Simon Kinberg is co-creator (along with Dave Filoni and Carrie Beck) of Star Wars Rebels. Kinberg thus has his hands busy in storytelling for the Rebels series and, reportedly, a future Star Wars stand-alone film.
Now, if Disney would convert Star Wars Rebels into a future live-action film, wouldn’t that be something? We’re looking at you, Mr. Kinberg.