Following the announcement that Disney and Lucasfilm have pushed Star Wars: Episode IX back to a December 2019 release date, the studio has now moved the start of production to June 2018, according to Variety.
The move will allow returning Star Wars: The Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams, more time to rewrite the script for Episode IX, alongside co-writer Chris Terrio, following the departure of director Colin Trevorrow from the project. After the decision to let Trevorrow go, resulting from difficulties between him and Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, it is understood that Disney had been looking to push back production. The move should give the studio more time to get Episode IX back on track, following the initial difficulties with Trevorrow.
Star Wars: Episode IX had originally been set to start filming in February and slated for a May 2019 release. The May release date has now been given to Guy Ritchie’s live action Aladdin instead.
While the return of Abrams to the Star Wars franchise was met with a somewhat mixed reaction, the schedule change will hopefully mean that Abrams, Terrio, and Lucasfilm have ample time to ensure Episode IX is everything the fans want to see.
Plot details for Star Wars: Episode IX are still under wraps but Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver are all expected to return.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.
8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See
May the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.
Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.
Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!
Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!