Disney's CEO Bob Iger has revealed that plans are underway to keep the Star Wars franchise alive for at least another fifteen years. Speaking at USC’s Marshall School of Business, Iger announced that a creative team is mapping out the future of Star Wars.
“We’re just starting to talk about what happens to Star Wars after [Episode] 9. It’s way too early, and certainly nothing that I can reveal, but we’ve got a creative team actually thinking about what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories. It’s kind of mind-blowing to spend an afternoon with a creative team talking about that. Where could you go, where should we go?”
When Disney bought LucasFilm for $4 billion back in 2012, it was a given that they had grand plans for the Star Wars franchise beyond making the third trilogy. Rogue One proved that there was room to flesh out back stories without trampling over the original trilogy and managed to fix a major plot hole in a New Hope. If you ever wondered why the Death Star had such a specific weak spot, Rogue One finally answered that nagging question.
While it might be over analysing Iger's comments, it is interesting that he says "Star Wars stories," does this mean that Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX is the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga? Obviously, it's too soon to speculate on the possibility of Episode X, but the take home here is that Star Wars will be around until at least 2032.
The still-untitled Han Solo prequel is currently in production at Pinewood Studios under the direction of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Alden Ehrenreich plays the youthful Han alongside Donald Glover as fellow scoundrel Lando Calrissian, and we'll find out how Han came to own (or steal) the Millenium Falcon.
Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi is released on December 15.