When Disney bought Lucasfilm back in 2012, the plan was to release a Star Wars movie every year starting in 2015 —and that's the plan up to Episode IX's release in 2019. We assumed that a third Star Wars Story film will be released in 2020, but very little has been said about it until today.
At the Goldman Sachs Communcacopia on Wednesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger said (via The Wrap) that he recently discussed the future of Star Wars with Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy
"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."
Iger then confirmed that the 2020 Star Wars movie is a third standalone film which already has a writer attached. Iger didn't reveal who the writer is or what the third Star Wars Story is about.
Two names were revealed when the standalone films were first announced: directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank. Edwards is directing this year's Rogue One, and Trank left the project. Many believed that the Trank wil was going to be written by Simon Kinberg, but it's unconfirmed. Some rumors claimed that it was going to focus on Boba Fett. We still don't know for sure, but it's good to know that Disney and Lucasfilm are not ending the franchise with Episode IX.
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