Kathleen Kennedy Says They Will Probably Announce the 2020 Spinoff Movie in the Summer!

While everyone currently finds themselves gearing up for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to blast into cinema’s this December, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said they’re getting closer to making a decision on the future of Star Wars beyond Episode IX. Read on for more!



Speaking with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz (via Collider) at this years Star Wars Celebration Orlando, Lucasfilm‘s President Kathleen Kennedy was non-committal on a specific date of a Star Wars film beyond Episode IX. Although, she did say that they’re much closer to announcing the next spin-off that follows 2018’s Han Solo movie.


“I think we’re getting close. My hope would be sometime around the summer. I never want to predict the creative process because it is its own thing, so we’re in the midst of those discussions right now.”


And while Horowitz had Kennedy’s ear, he wanted to clear up some confusion that arose recently when Disney CEO Bob Iger teased that the young Han Solo movie would reveal how the character “got his name,” leading some to believe we’ll learn Han Solo really isn’t Han Solo. But Kennedy says Iger’s comments were likely misconstrued:


“I’m not sure that that’s entirely what Bob meant. There’s more to Han Solo’s name, but it’s not that it’s not his name. It’s obviously his name. It will always be his name (laughs).”



As for whether the Skywalker saga will continue past Episode IX, Kennedy first confirmed that IX does indeed conclude a classic trilogy structure:


“There’s no question that this is set up as a trilogy and that three-act structure of the set-up, the conflict, and the resolution very much is what we have planned.”


But beyond Episode IX, Kennedy admits the Lucasfilm team hasn’t yet settled on whether the films will continue the story of Rey, Finn, etc., start a brand new story in a new era, or do something else entirely:


“It’s interesting you ask that, because I’m sure everybody would love for me to say, ’Oh yeah we’ve got this figured out for the next 20 years.’ No, we spend a lot of time talking, debating, watching, looking at what connects with ourselves, with the audience, all of that is a part of our decision-making. We’re asking those questions right now. We’ll make a decision soon.”


You can watch the interview below:




Also, while speaking with Fandango, Kathy was more specific about when we can expect more development regarding the future of the Skywalker saga:


I certainly foresee movies past nine. Whether or not we carry on the Skywalker saga… you know, George always intended nine movies, and whether we continue that or not is something we’re talking about right now. If the story warrants it, we’ll absolutely do it. If it actually inspires new ideas, then we’ll probably head in that direction. We just don’t know yet.


When asked if they are going to make any big announcements on that front, Kennedy said:


I wouldn’t say this year, but certainly by next year.


So, to sum things up, according to Kennedy some time next year they will have an idea about the future of the Skywalker saga. Also we will know the name of the 2020 spin-off movie this summer. As you know, in July we have Disney’s D23 event and SDCC, which seem like good candidates for the announcement. As we mentioned before, we’ve heard rumors that the Star Wars presence at D23 will be heavily focused on the Han Solo movie, so we will see if they will have the time to make all these announcements there. Also, you can check out the rumors we’ve heard about the most probable candidates for spin-off movies here. We are still curious about where The Last Jedi BTS reel will be included as it didn’t show this past weekend as we initially hoped.



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51 thoughts on “Kathleen Kennedy Says They Will Probably Announce the 2020 Spinoff Movie in the Summer!

  • April 18, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Obi-Wan or Bounty Hunters movie I am assuming.

    Which would you rather see and which do you think they will do?

    • April 18, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      Personally can’t wait for an Obi Wan movie, but given that they are mostly in money making mode (OT themed movies) I don’t think they’d go for an obscure-characters movie (most people do not know who Dengar or Zukkus are) so eventually maybe they’ll go for something with a strong female lead (Ahsoka would be cool though)

      • April 18, 2017 at 8:07 pm

        All three saga movies and RO will have had three strong female leads

      • April 18, 2017 at 8:13 pm

        They did Rogue One which mostly featured entirely new characters. Not hard to imagine they’d make money off a film that starred Boba Fett and was based on bounty hunters.

      • April 18, 2017 at 9:20 pm

        I can’t see Ahsoka ever getting her own live action movie. Not because she’s not popular with the hard-core fans, but because most of her story has already been told in the Clone Wars and Rebels cartoons. There’s no backstory left to explore, and Rebels has carried her story almost all the way to Episode IV. If an anthology movie was made taking place around or after New Hope, casual fans would be like “Who the heck is she? Wait, Anakin had an apprentice – when? I thought Obi-Wan and Yoda were the only light-side force users left in the galaxy during the OT, how was she missed?” It would weaken the story of the OT. I know Ahsoka is popular, but I see her adventures remaining only in the realm of animation.

        • April 18, 2017 at 9:50 pm

          There is a huge amount of time with Ahsoka working with the rebellions from the end of the Ahsoka novel to the beginning of Rebels (approx 10-12 years).
          They could easily make an anthology film out of that. And there would technically be no need to mention her connection with anakin or obiwan because she simply doesnt come into contact with anyone (e.g Obi-wan or Yoda) who would bring up her connection to anakin.
          To the general movie goer she would just be a female jedi who survived (perhaps they will mention she left the order but not specifiy the reason).
          As for plot.
          I think we could have her saving Force Sensitive children from an Inquisitor (similar to her novel + the rebels episode).

          • April 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm

            I just don’t think there’s enough “meat” there to sell a big-budget movie to a wide audience. Lucasfilm want to get the most bang for their buck, and I think they’ve already painted themselves too much into a corner with the character to be able to make an Ahsoka movie interesting enough to sell without stepping on the toes of both the Original Trilogy and the Prequels. Obviously it’s just my opinion, but I would expect that they are looking for a “bigger” story to tell in a stand-alone Star Wars film….

        • April 19, 2017 at 1:52 am


          • April 19, 2017 at 2:47 am

            Exactly. That gives us all Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, Rex, needing to change your pants…. Bo Katan, moar Mandos…. endless possibilities!

            This would be infinitely better than watching Boba for 2 hours…

          • April 19, 2017 at 4:41 am

            Then again, Boba + Cad Bane + Aurra Sing + more for 2 hours would be pretty entertaining.

          • April 19, 2017 at 3:07 am

            While I would love a Seige of Mandalore film
            The fact that they keep refrencing it + only dropping a few hints of what happened, leads me to believe we will be getting something about it in the future (probally a tv-movie special;like the entire 4 episode arc shown together).
            But as an anthology film; I think it is too complicated to explain to general film goers. You would have to explain why Mauls alive and leading mandalore. Then who Ahsoka and Rex are. Then Bo Katan.

          • April 19, 2017 at 4:39 am

            True, true. But I’m sure there’s some way to adapt it, even if it’s not as a proper Anthology film. And besides, Lucasfilm probably wouldn’t want to do an animated Anthology film anyway. I do obsess a bit over the thought of an animated Star Wars film with a budget the size of a Disney Animation Studios movie. Imagine what Dave Filoni could do with $150 million!

          • April 19, 2017 at 1:07 pm

            I dont know how much a clone wars series was to produce, but I doubt it would be asmuch money as 150 milllion. Thus, I would much rather the money be spent on completeting story arcs in Clone Wars (whicg already had great animation) as opposed to a single film.

          • April 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

            Yeah, I think so too. Still, the possibilities are amazing to think about.

    • April 18, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Obi-Wan vs bounty hunters.

      • April 18, 2017 at 9:35 pm

        I could see a film with a focus on bounty hunters, with Obi-wan making some moves behind the scenes to indirectly secure Luke’s safety.

    • April 19, 2017 at 1:34 am

      Bounty Hunters first.

  • April 18, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    “Hello there”

  • April 18, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I wish we could’ve gotten it at celebration but they may have several scripts of several spin off movies and just need to decide wish one is in the furthest stage of development. The rumored Obi Wan or Boba Fett films are the two most likely but I wouldn’t be shocked if they throw us a curveball.

    • April 18, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      I guess they haven’t announced it because they aren’t completely sure yet. Maybe they are negotiating with someone like Ewan McGregor over involvement before they can announce something. I’m eager to know and I was also hopeful for an announcement at celebration, but I guess we’ve got a lot of Star Wars to keep us entertained between now and 2020.

      • April 19, 2017 at 1:32 am

        Think they are still securing a director. They won’t officially announce their plans until one is in place.

  • April 18, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Honestly, I’m such a happy camper with everything that’s been done since the Disney Deal, I’m up for anything. Bring on spin-offs for Obi-Wan, the bounty hunters, a Disney take on KOTOR, Dash Rendar (I’d love to see him added to the canon material), Ahsoka’s post-Rebellion adventures, a young Lando sequel to the Solo movie, or even a third Ewok movie! (I wish!)

  • April 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I think iger meant how solo made his name(rep) not got his actual name. But more importantly… Kenobi!!!

  • April 18, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Maybe a story about the Bothans everyone confused Rogue One for not including?

    Personally I’m most excited at the prospect of a Kenobi spin off. And obviously Boba would be money maker.

    I want a Clone Wars spinoff with Hayden and Ewan set between II and III.

    There’s a ton of potential in the prequel era… will Disney touch it?

    • April 18, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      I think the closest thing we’ll get to the Prequel era is an Obi-Wan stand-alone film set between Episodes III and IV. Disney knows where the bread and butter comes from for their Star Wars property – and it’s not the Prequels. Money is definitely a driving factor in these creative decisions. But I do believe eventually people are going to get tired of a bunch of offshoot stories from the OT, and Lucasfilm may choose to go into the future or way back in the past for new story ideas.

      • April 18, 2017 at 10:23 pm

        The prequels made lots of $.

        • April 18, 2017 at 10:29 pm

          I won’t dispute that, because they were still part of the Star Wars “brand” and that alone makes a movie easier to sell. But looking ahead to new anthology film ideas, I would bet that Disney considers “spin-off” stories from the OT (and perhaps even the ST – time will tell) to have more earning potential than “spin-off” stories from the Prequels.

        • April 19, 2017 at 2:08 am

          So did TFA, The Fast And The Furious, Twilight, Fifty Shades Of Bullshit, Avatar, Hunger Games, etc. Audiences get dumber with each year, We are probably months away from an Ouch! My Balls! trilogy.

          • April 19, 2017 at 3:11 am

            Yes, it’s the audiences fault that they like movies you don’t.

      • April 19, 2017 at 2:10 am

        Technically III and IV is the later prequel era.

    • April 18, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      Much as I like the idea of a prequel movie that could expand on the fall of Anakin and answer a few other questions from that era, I can’t see it happening and there are also the animated Clone Wars series that might make things difficult to expand in that time.

      However, if we’re getting three spins-off set between the Prequels and OT, that of R1, the incoming Solo film and hopefully a Kenobi/Bounty Hunter type film. Maybe the best direction would be three spin offs set between the OT and the ST?

      • April 19, 2017 at 12:20 am

        Isn’t there time between when Ahsoka leaves the order and RotS? IMO that would be a perfect place for a spinoff to “lead-in” to RotS just like R1 led into ANH. that’s what i want, but i agree it’s probably least likely.

        Spinoffs post-ROTJ do seem most likely as Disney will want to expand and explore on their on cast of characters. Phasma maybe?

        • April 19, 2017 at 12:41 am

          Phasma would be a good choice, a lot of potential for growth.

        • April 19, 2017 at 1:46 am

          They could do an animated Siege of Mandalore movie before RotS.

          • April 19, 2017 at 2:50 am

            Live-action for that would be a fucking goldmine

          • April 19, 2017 at 4:40 am

            Yeah, but I feel like the fanboys (such as myself) would be more pleased with an animated movie in the style of TCW.

    • April 19, 2017 at 3:48 am

      -i bet we’re going to get the “rogue two” story in a book and/or game, and probably sooner rather than later. that gap between empire and jedi is ripe for great story lines.
      -i was going to say they’re too old but both men have aged great, especially hayden. i wouldnt be surprised if we got a flash back of some sort with either of them in the ST.
      -they are touching it a lot in canon, but not sure how much is left to mine for a film though.

      • April 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm

        It’s crazy that it has been over 10 years since ep. III and I still feel like those guys could play a movie leading up to ep. III similar to how R1 led up to ANH.

    • April 19, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Why would there be any Bothans in Rogue One?

      That line “Many Bothans were killed…” is from ROTJ. So, info about a different Death Star

      • April 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm

        Ya that’s what i meant by “everyone confused”. SO maybe they could do a spinoff between ESB and RotJ about the bothans stealing the info about the emperor being on the Death Star.. something along those lines

        • April 20, 2017 at 1:40 am

          Meh, I don’t think they would It would be kind of pointless to do a movie about a mission that the Empire just let them get away with.

  • April 18, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    End the Skywalker saga with Episode IX. Then get to work on an Old Republic trilogy. Revan would be great. You could also have it follow Bane and end with his creation of the Rule of Two.

    • April 19, 2017 at 2:11 am

      Considering what they have done to other EU characters, I’d rather they not touch him or that trilogy.

  • April 19, 2017 at 2:06 am

    After R1, I wouldn’t mind seeing the third spinoff film set in the OT timeline ala Obi-Wan/Boba Fett since it would probably be too jarring for general audiences if they shifted it to another timeline.

    But the next trilogy of spinoffs should take place in a new era for sure.

    • April 19, 2017 at 2:11 am

      Good bet that the Han Solo teaser/title is released in front of TLJ too which I’ll be looking more forward to than the actual film itself.

  • April 19, 2017 at 2:31 am

    People keep saying ‘No boba Fett movie” i am like…. Ummm.. a Bounty Hunter film centered around Boba would be SWEET!

  • April 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm


  • April 19, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Guess we’ll see more ‘reports’ about the Obi Wan movie. Oh, but this hint said and so on and so forth. Can you just put the simple logic together and conclude there isn’t one coming?

  • April 21, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Kathleen Kennedy is a witch

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