New Star Wars movies will come out every year from now until a Death Star blows up Earth. In case you needed confirmation of that, though, Disney CEO Bob Iger recently clarified to a room full of investors some of their plans, both long and short term.
Star Wars in 2020
Before this week the known timeline for Star Wars movies was Rogue One (2016), Episode VIII (2017), Untitled Han Solo Movie (2018), Episode IX (2019). But now you can add another year to the mix, since Iger casually mentioned that a writer has already been hired for a Star Wars movie that will be released in 2020.
Iger didn't say who this writer was or what movie they were writing, but it's safe to say that it won't be one of the core trilogy, also referred to as the Skywalker Saga. Those movies are coming out every two years, so the earliest we'd see another one of those episodes is 2021. It's much more likely that it's one of the Star Wars Story entries. It's long been rumored that Boba Fett was getting his own movie, but it could also go to Yoda (he is getting a new comic book, after all). Or it could go to some other spin-off entirely. Either way, Disney already has it on its books.
Us normies still don't really know an official thing about the Rian Johnson-directed Episode VIII, but Bob Iger already knows what's happening in IX. He confirmed to investors that director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) recently pitched his full story and the movie is said to be entering preproduction right now. As for Episode VIII, that's now totally done filming and is being refined in the editing room.
Perhaps the most intriguing quotes from Iger's talk concern this December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He calls the movie an "experiment" of sorts and that it does not "fit neatly into the Skywalker saga." He also doesn't expect that it will do the same kind of box office business as The Force Awakens.
But don't freak out about that yet! It sounds like they're aware general audiences may be a bit confused about the movie not being a continuation of the Rey/Finn storyline, but Iger insists the studio loves what they've seen of the movie and that the storytelling is "really interesting." Thankfully, we now have less than three months to find out for ourselves.