The newly rejuvenated “Star Wars” saga will not end with the conclusion of the trilogy in Episode IX, Disney’s Chairman Bob Iger told BBC’s Newsbeat.
Already announced are “Star Wars” Episode VIII, IX and the Anthology movies beginning with “Rogue One.”An untitled Han Solo movie is also slated for 2018. However Iger said there will be many more after those.
“There are five Star Wars films – four more with Episode VII: The Force Awakens – that are in varying stages of development and production,” he told BBC. “There will be more after that. I don’t know how many; I don’t know how often,” he added.
This is not surprising considering how lucrative a property “Star Wars” is. Also to be considered is the fact that Iger bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas, the creator of the space saga, for US$4 billion, which is about AU$5.6 billion. So, it is almost a given that Iger’s plans weren’t just limited to the current trilogy or anthology movies. This was a long-term business plan for Disney.
The Guardian pointed out that Iger’s comments confirm the suggestions made in an article from Wired Magazine in November, last year, where those involved with the “Star Wars” franchise indicated that the space saga could continue indefinitely.
In the Wired article, Adam Rogers said that Disney “intends to put out a new Star Wars movie every year for as long as people will buy tickets.” “If everything works out for Disney, and if you are (like me) old enough to have been conscious for the first Star Wars film, you will probably not live to see the last one. It’s the forever franchise,” he added.
One of the most interesting projects announced and anticipated by fans apart from Episode VIII, IX and “Rogue One” is a Han Solo spin-off movie, to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
The idea for a movie about a young Han Solo originated from Lucas himself, according to the Wired article. Lawrence Kasdan, who is writing the screenplay for the untitled movie, revealed that Han Solo is his “favorite character.”
According to an article in Den of Geek, a young Han Solo, 10 years old, was at one point to be part of “Revenge of the Sith,” wandering around on Chewbacca’s home planet, Kashyyyk. He was supposed to have been raised by none other than his future co-pilot, Chewbacca himself. The scene was also to feature Yoda and his first and only meeting with Solo. However, it didn’t make it onto the final script.
Whether this version of Han Solo that will appear, at least in part, in the anthology movie based on the character isn’t known yet. From the casting shortlist, it appears that Disney and Lucasfilm are looking at someone within the 20-30 years age bracket. However, fans of “Star Wars” and Harrison Ford want actor and YouTube voice impressionist Anthony Ingruber to play the space smuggler turned hero. Ingruber has already earned praise for playing the role of a Young Ford in “The Age of Adaline” and bears an uncanny resemblance to the “Indiana Jones” actor.