UPDATE! Disney Confirms Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Spinoff Movie for December 2016.


Marc Graser form Variety has some really interesting tweets from Disney’s  communications & entertainment conference…





Nothing new really but it’s good to hear that they are still going according to the initial plan – 1 Star Wars movie every year.





And some more bits from Variety:

Walt Disney Studios admits it doesn’t have an awareness problem with “Star Wars” when it starts releasing new movies, beginning with next year’s “Episode VII.” The future of the franchise at the Mouse House, however, relies on getting the film right for fans and newcomers.


“This title is very well known out there,” and “the single most important thing is to make sure that this movie is great,” said Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman.


With a new animated series, “Star Wars Rebels” debuting on Disney XD, an expanded merchandise program, and the first live action film to debut in theaters in 10 years next year, the franchise’s presence at Disney is starting to be felt.


Yet a lot is riding on the success of “Episode VII,” out in theaters Dec. 18, 2015, since the J.J. Abrams-directed film will drive much of the interest in “Star Wars” across the rest of Disney’s divisions. In addition for new films, there are plans for more TV shows, licensing deals and theme park attractions.


“If we can get this right, it’s a huge opportunity for the entire company,” said Bergman, who wore Stormtrooper tennis shoes while discussing the studio’s upcoming film slate — a standalone film, to be directed by “Godzilla’s” Gareth Edwards, is already scheduled for Dec. 16, 2016.


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55 thoughts on “UPDATE! Disney Confirms Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Spinoff Movie for December 2016.

  • September 17, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Neato. Hopefully they’ll say what the project is about before Episode VII hits the silver screen.

    • September 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      It’s the Boba Fett spinoff. Haven’t heard an news on it in awhile, though…

      • September 17, 2014 at 9:33 pm

        I mean an actual confirmation that it’s about Boba Fett. All rumors point to that, but concrete proof stamps out rumors any day of the week.

        • September 17, 2014 at 10:40 pm

          Next they are going to “confirm” that JJ Abrams is directing Epidode 7. Frustrating. How about a title, guys?

          • September 18, 2014 at 11:28 am

            They can wait as long as they want before releasing the title. They know we’re all going to see it anyway.

      • September 18, 2014 at 3:26 am

        hope it is not a Boba Fetty movie.

  • September 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Can’t wait for those Pixar movies!

  • September 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Boy, originality is clearly out of vogue in the movie theaters right now, isn’t it?

  • September 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I just can’t wrap my head around stand-alone Star Wars movies.
    And how burned out will we become?
    And Star Wars burnouts shall crowd the elderly homes.

    • September 17, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      I’m not burned out on Marvel movies and those come out twice a year…

      • September 17, 2014 at 11:45 pm

        I wonder if Lucasfilm will ever grow big enough to eventually do two movies a year, like one April-May, the other Nov-Dec… o_0

    • September 18, 2014 at 4:54 am

      Practically everyone in the Star Wars cast should be in the elderly home.

  • September 17, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Cant we just replace all of these with Star Wars films…. please?

    • September 17, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      At this point, the only one I’d want to see replaced is Alice In Wonderland 2 with Tron 3. Even as a Wonderland movie, that movie made no sense.

      • September 17, 2014 at 10:15 pm

        OMG… Tron 3. I so want that to happen. Olivia Wilde haunts me to this day!

      • September 17, 2014 at 10:38 pm

        Yeah maybe I’m a bit harsh. Definitely keep the marvel movies, and I guess the kids do really enjoy the Pixar movies (So do I :). I just need more Star Wars, and I need it NOW.

      • September 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm

        Alice In Wonderland is not supposed to make any since. It’s a drug trip!

        • September 17, 2014 at 11:06 pm

          I meant that it felt less like the kind of surreal you’d see in a C. S. Lewis book and more like really zogging weird. Like, instead of consuming Acid, it’d be more like downing your medical cabinet in one go, if you want to go by drug metaphors.

          – Pomojema

  • September 17, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    If Han Solo dies during EpVII, then a stand alone movie about a young Han (maybe meeting a young Lando) would seem to be an excellent ‘first’ choice.

    • September 18, 2014 at 6:02 am

      too bad, I wish lucasfilm/disney would expand our notion of Star Wars, not keep it confined to OT characters. Next, we’re going to see the untold story of Chewbacca’s sad youth.

      • September 18, 2014 at 9:56 pm

        That’s likely to be a hairy one!

  • September 17, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I’ve been saying this for a while. I think some of the rumors we are getting and the various locations could be related to the stand alone films or episodes 8 or 9. If it takes 2 years to make a movie, than the 1st stand alone has to be where episode 7 was a year ago. I’m sure some of the casting is already underway as well as some of the 2nd unit stuff. Just as Episode 7 was doing before the official start date.

    • September 17, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      No, I don’t think so. Episode 7 does not have that many locations outside of Pinewood.

  • September 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Thinking about the spinoffs, we don’t need to see the same characters. A movie like Enemy Mine could almost be thought of as a spin-off. The story must be good, the way the characters relate, and it has to agree with Ralph McQuarrie’s art. Not Avatar’s or anything like that.

    • September 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Enemy Mine… Right On!

  • September 17, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Its an Oola spin-off for sure.

  • September 17, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    No pics of said Stormtrooper tennis shoes. 🙁

  • September 17, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    What happened to the Maisie Richardson-Sellers chick?

    • September 18, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Yeah, great question. Any info on this?

      • September 18, 2014 at 3:14 am

        She’s in the movie in some capacity. Carrie Fisher’s assistant tweeted something about being on set with his “Star Wars girls,” including Daisy, Billie Lourd (Carrie’s daughter) and Maisie.

        Could be anything from glorified extra to minor supporting role or even that rumored character who is said to be minor in Ep7 but more important in Ep8 & 9. Or maybe that role went to Lupita Nyongo.

  • September 18, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Hoping for Han Solo underworld spinoff first!

  • September 18, 2014 at 12:17 am

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  • September 18, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I am really hoping the Boba Fett spin off is just speculation. He is dead. No need to bring him back. I really cannot wrap my head around why so many people like him that much. Even his back story in the PT was pretty stupid like the entire PT.

    • September 18, 2014 at 2:16 am

      My thoughts exactly, he is so overrated, I would much rather see a movie about Obi-Wan, Han, Darth Vader, Yoda, or even Sidious before a Fett movie

    • September 18, 2014 at 5:20 am

      Fett lives. Lucas confirmed this.

  • September 18, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Gareth Edwards film is called “rancor”, and features a giant beast terrorising the local city”.

    • September 18, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Outer Rim: Rancor vs. AT-AT

      GENERAL SOLO: Today. Today… At the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other. Today there is not a man nor woman in here that shall stand alone. Not today. Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them! Today, we are *canceling* the apocalypse!

      Obviously Guillermo del Toro gave him some pointers. 😛

  • September 18, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I hope it’s about the dianoga and how he ended up in the garbage smasher on the detention level. I have waited 37 years to find out, I want to know his complete story before I die. I know I’m not alone in this.

  • September 18, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Episode 7 will be about a time machine. Luke will go back in time and rescue Vader, Boba, Yoda, The Emperor, Owen, Beru, Darth Maul, Qui, Jabba, Obi Wan, all of them so that they can live on and we can have more merchandise.

    • September 18, 2014 at 8:13 am

      No Luke will go to the future to save some whales.

      • September 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

        C-3P0: Oh my, R2! I believe those creatures are whales! Over here!

  • September 18, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I’m super-excited to watch Episode VII next year.

  • September 18, 2014 at 6:05 am

    This news story gets the “Duhhh” award.

    Wake me up when there’s some real news… I’d even take a good rumor.

    • September 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

      What tells you we won’t see any other characters from the franchise in the spinoffs? The story and main character might be Boba Fett (or whomever) but that does not mean we won’t see any other already known characters, afaik.

  • September 18, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Spinoff 1: Rancor Keeper
    Spinoff 2: Ewok Medicine Man
    Spinoff 3: Droopy McCool
    Spinoff 4: Ben Quadinaros
    Spinoff 5: Captain Tarpals
    Spinoff 6: Tarfful
    Spinoff 7: Tales From Dex’s Diner
    Spinoff 8: Interview with a Bantha
    Spinoff 9: Dak to the Future
    Spinoff 10: Dr. Evazan or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Empire

    • September 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Yousa in big doodoo dis time!

    • September 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      I’d love to see Spinoff 10!!!

  • September 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

    If they wont be about main characters, i would think fett counts as one of those. So who are characters that are not main?
    – IG88?
    – Dengar?
    – Lobot?
    – Amanaman?
    – Bib fortuna?
    – The Imperial Dignitaries?
    – Uncle Owen?
    – Mon Mothma?

    Plenty of sub characters that they could make varied stories about, and I would imagine they interweave with elements of the main films, like some sets, parallel events etc – almost like “wow that was going on while luke and han were doing that…” For example an IG88 movie set during ESB where he is ends up being shot by fett on cloud city could be interesting.

    • September 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      I hope IG88 will be given some love, i know that in the “Shadows of the Empire” game both in his cutscene and boss battle he was quite a unnerving character.

      • September 18, 2014 at 5:19 pm

        Stories must be about humans and human relationships in order to work in the cinema. So IG88 fighting Stormtroopers for 120 minutes would quickly get boring, like Transformers.

    • September 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      You left out Nimb Num

  • September 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I Hope the give the movie “a name” – No only “Star Wars: Boba Fett”

    • September 18, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Boba Fett: Birthright would be a cool name.

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