Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy gave several interviews during the Star Wars Celebration convention over the April weekend – leading to fan speculation about where the franchise is going once production wraps on Colin Trevorrow’s “Star Wars: Episode IX”.
At the time, Kennedy hinted that the untitled anthology film aiming for a 2020 release could be officially announced as soon as mid-2018 – around the release of the Han Solo spinoff. Now a further quote from E-Cartelera (via SW News Net) suggests we’ll know sooner than that:
“To be honest, we are beginning to talk about [the spin-offs] right now. We have four or five weeks immersed in the film ‘Han Solo’ and we are about to read the script of Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX directed, so we have a lot of work at the moment.
In the next six or eight months we will have some meetings about the stories that we will develop here. After 40 years of adventures, fans have so much information and so many theories about the way that can take these stories and theories that emerge are sometimes new ideas for us that we hear, read and pay attention to everything what is said.
It is clear that the franchise is owned by the as much by the fans as it’s owned by [the people at Lucasfilm].”
Recent rumors have suggested that the next spin-off after Han Solo will be an Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘lost years’ story and that “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail is working on a script for it. The Han Solo spin-off is slated for May 2018, the next one after that is due for 2020.