Meetings For Future Star Wars Spin-Offs And An Episode IX Table Read Will Happen Soon.

Not too long ago, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy left a pair of statements around the time of Star Wars Celebration Orlando that appeared to be contradictory: that there were plans to potentially announce a new spin-off movie this Summer and that the next Star Wars movie wouldn’t be announced until 2018. A recent interview with Kennedy mentions that plans for future spin-offs are going to be discussed over the next few months, after the table read for Episode IX (which will be happening soon).


According to the Spanish outlet eCartelera, Kennedy is claiming that the development of spin-offs beyond Episode IX are about to kick into high gear. When asked about these spin-offs – with the rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi movie being specifically mentioned by the outlet – she answered with the following statement (rough translation):

“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].”

Right now, it’s looking like Episode IX is on the cusp of becoming Lucasfilm’s next big priority, and the way that things are looking with the schedule, the actual production on the film could start as early as the point where Han Solo enters post-production. As it stands, there are multiple conclusions that can be drawn from this (both of which tie in to the two statements that Kennedy made): either we’re going to get more official news about one spin-off before the year ends, or we’re going to get nothing official for a year beyond some occasional whispers. I’m personally in the camp that we will get an announcement about the 2020 movie at Disney D23, but nothing is certain. It’s curious that we’re hearing more about them as of late, as a recent rumor suggesting that Sam Esmail – the primary writer/director behind the television series Mr. Robot – could be working on a Star Wars screenplay started to make the rounds right as this story comes about. It may be possible that Lucasfilm are planning things out much further than their current, publicly-announced slate of films would indicate.


Thanks again to The Cantina user Magnar The Great for this find.


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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

Grant Davis (Pomojema)

Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

59 thoughts on “Meetings For Future Star Wars Spin-Offs And An Episode IX Table Read Will Happen Soon.

  • April 23, 2017 at 5:52 am

    One Star Wars movie is in post-production, another one is in the thick of shooting, a third one is being written, and a fourth one will be announced soon enough – and all of these will have been seen by audiences in the next 3 years. My what a time to be a Star Wars fan.

    • April 23, 2017 at 7:36 am

      That’s the kind of positive attitude I wish more fans would have, we are such a spoiled rotten society these days.

      • April 23, 2017 at 4:58 pm

        Indeed. When I was a kid, until I was about 7 and we had our first VCR if I wanted to watch Star Wars I had to wait til they showed it on TV. Of course back in those days Star Wars had no sound, was in black and white and a guy would come in and play piano while we watched it.

        • April 24, 2017 at 5:28 am

          Back in my day, we had to carve the movie into the walls of our cave. Kids these days have it easy.

          • April 24, 2017 at 2:54 pm

            Back in my day, lightsabers were made of WOOD! 🙂

          • April 24, 2017 at 3:05 pm

            We had ours taped off HBO in the mid 80s.

    • April 23, 2017 at 8:07 am

      And to think, thats been the case since the The Force Awakens was about to release..Rogue One was already filming, by the time Rogue One was done, The Last Jedi was wrapping up… This is a dream come true lets collectively as a Star Wars family pinch ourselves. We are beyond spoiled

    • April 24, 2017 at 1:56 am

      Man totally agree. People think im anti SW or something cuss I am not in love with TFA. Never said it was a bad movie. Rogue One was awesome in the theater and very entertaining. It loses some steam on repeat viewings due to some really bad story errors but overall still enjoyable. So 1 movie that was fun and not bad and one that was pretty good and in the end alright. Better than TPM and ATC for a 1 and 2. Im still pumped to be a SW fan!

  • April 23, 2017 at 5:55 am

    “It is clear that the franchise is owned by the as much by the fans as it’s owned by the people at Lucasfilm”

    Respect. George Lucas made a really smart move in choosing Kathleen Kennedy to take over Star Wars. Although I had reservations when it was announced that Disney bought Lucasfilm, it has worked out really well for everyone concerned.

    • April 23, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      If Kylo Ren agrees you know it’s legit.

    • April 23, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      It really has. Kennedy’s pedigree is amazing. Anyone not familiar with what she’s worked on should Google her filmography. If she wasn’t the perfect choice to head Lucasfilm, one doesn’t exist.

    • April 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      I didn’t have any issues when Disney bought Lucasfilm. I thought of their success with the Marvel movies and if anybody is more anal about their obsessions than us Star Wars geeks, it’s the comic book geeks. If they were happy with Marvel, I knew we were in good hands.

      • April 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm

        You’re certainly not wrong. However I’ve never seen a more passionate fan than a Star Wars fan. Do you remember all that talk that went down when the first look at Rey’s hairstyle was revealed.

        Her. Hair.

        Drove. People. Crazy.

        • April 24, 2017 at 7:58 pm

          Hehe, you make a great point with that.

  • April 23, 2017 at 6:56 am


  • April 23, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I’d like to see them cover a new era with each trilogy of spinoffs. We already have R1, Han Solo, and Obi-Wan/Fett for the OT of the 2010’s, I’d say they could do the PT next but they are still wary of embracing that era so maybe the pre-PT one which is sort of a happy medium and can be anywhere from decades to hundreds to eons before TPM. I am sort of hoping they do that since then they wouldn’t have to rely on pre-existing characters and are free to do more than another PT, OT, or ST film.

    • April 23, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      I’d be interested to see a trilogy that takes place a thousand years or so before the PT/OT/ST, but I hope it’s some time before we see any PT-era stuff. Lucasfilm spent almost 15 years telling stories from that era, and it’s just too soon to reconcentrate efforts in that direction.

      • April 24, 2017 at 6:36 pm

        Agreed on that. It is time to expand on other eras.

        • April 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm

          Well, not quite yet. Lucasfilm just started to scratch the surface with what it could do with the sequel era. Our introduction to that era is less than three years old. For the time being, I’d rather see us stay put. But down the road, moving a bit (or a lot) further back in the timeline would be sort of neat to see. I’d be done with the Prequel-era stuff for a good, long while if I was Lucasfilm. With the three films and the Clone Wars show, that story was pretty comprehensively told.

          • April 24, 2017 at 7:56 pm

            Of course. What I meant (and should have said) was expanding on the current trilogy era. With the prequel era, though much of it was good, it was very well told as you say.

          • April 24, 2017 at 8:56 pm

            I didn’t dislike the prequel-era. I have mixed feelings regarding the films, but I thought the Clone Wars animated series was absolutely fantastic. A lot of the novels were also pretty decent reads. That all being said, the only real issue I had with that era was that it was abandoned rather suddenly.

    • April 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      I don’t see any evidence they are wary of embracing the PT. Hayden was at Celebration, Clone Wars in Battlefront 2, Mustafar in Rogue One.

  • April 23, 2017 at 9:10 am

    “It is clear that the franchise is owned by the as much by the fans as it’s owned by [the people at Lucasfilm].”

    So, where is the original untouched trilogy on Blu-Ray?

    • April 23, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Never going to be released until George agrees to it, and nothing indicates that he’s ever going to change his mind. Even then, his estate might not agree to it even when he is regrettably no longer with us. For now, I’m sure they’re fine with fans looking up getting the unofficial restorations, even if they won’t come out and say that for legal reasons.

      – Pomojema

      • April 24, 2017 at 6:24 pm

        That’s why we have Harmy’s Despecialized. I have those and after watching them, I’m quite impressed. I do have to admit though, the special editions did add SOME things that were wothwhile. The ultimate version would be the special editions and you choose what parts you want to keep original. Of course, this will never happen unless you are good at editing which I am not (or honestly frankly have never tried). Maybe now is the time to do just that 🙂

  • April 23, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Thumbs up to Kathleen Kennedy. Perfection doesn’t exist but I can’t imagine a better situation for Star Wars at this moment. Not only is alive, but it went to a new level of quality and possibilities. I was watching the extras of the Rogue One bluray yesterday. The fact that George did a step back brings a whole new level of common effort by people that feel completely humble and respectful to what he created. Now John Knoll can come up with an idea, talk to Kathy, she loves it… Doug Chiang finds Knoll in the corridor of ILM and tells him “hey let’s just start drawing this movie, it’s so exciting!”. I just love what Lucasfilm has become nowadays, and I’m glad Disney let it be this way, so organic.

    • April 23, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      I’m really excited for the Han Solo movie. It’s more than likely going to be the first Star Wars movie that doesn’t have planet wide consequences. It’s set on a bunch of characters, a heist, western kind of film. I’m f*cking keen!

  • April 23, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Keep them coming. But take some risks. Branch out from the familiar and give us Star Wars movies that don’t comfortably reside completely in the world that we already know.

  • April 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    The last part saying Sam Esmail may be working on a screenplay gets me excited, could a Revan story be an option (kind of similar to Mr. Robot) with the Personailty disorder theme.

    • April 23, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      I totally agree. Mr. Robot is a phenomenal show with great writing. He wouldn’t even need to go the same way (with personality disorders) — just the fact that he can write smartly and develops complex characters is exciting.

    • April 24, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Don’t count on anything TOR-related until BioWare is finished with their MMORPG.

      – Pomojema

  • April 23, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    This is the last chance for star wars more than the last jedi, TFA sucked, rogue one was meh and im not interested at all in a han solo movie without han solo…

    • April 23, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      I think TFA had the responsibility as serving as a reintroduction into the Star Wars universe and thus used themes that were familiar with the audience and were proven to sell tickets. It did a great job in introducing a set of new characters. Save all the good stuff for Ep8 &9. But you didn’t like Rogue One either? I don’t really have a favourite SW movie but I enjoy just watching every one of those movies on a frequent non schedule, schedule.

      I was worried that these movies wouldn’t have that repeat factor like the MCU movies are missing, but they’re great to watch with the family. Are you one of those people that believe ESB can’t ever be topped? Coz you’re not wrong, it most likely won’t ever be topped but that’s not to say these new Star Wars movies can’t be great in their own right.

      Again, if you didn’t like R1 then maybe you’ll never like any of the new SW movies because we’ve already got a decent taste of what the new movies are like, that is they’re a good indication of what’s in store for the future.

      I strongly believe the Han Solo movie is going to surprise us all. Only time will tell.

    • April 23, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      If you didn’t like either of those movies you’re not likely to enjoy any new Star Wars movie. I think a lot of fans don’t realise it’s almost impossible for a movie to capture the imagination of an adult the way it did when we were kids watching these movies for the first time.

    • April 23, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Like it was already said, if you didn’t like those two, you most likely won’t going like TLJ either.
      Some people have way overinflated notions regarding the quality of Star Wars… If you expect the 2nd coming of movies from the new Star Wars films, you won’t going to like any of them.

    • April 23, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Then what in the world are you doing here? Seriously, if you don’t like any of the new Star Wars content, then you should be doing literally anything else with your time.

      • April 24, 2017 at 5:56 pm

        To be fair, if I didn’t like the new movies I wouldn’t ‘give up’ on star wars. People didn’t during the prequels. It’s just the op’s opinion. It’s not his fault he’s in the minority.

    • April 23, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      TFA is a great movie. The historic numbers and overwhelmingly positive critical response back that up. Petty and predictable internet backlash aside, it did exactly what it needed to do, and the excitement for TLJ proves that it throughly entertained and engaged millions of people who are eagaerly anticipating what comes next.

      • April 24, 2017 at 1:51 am

        Stop it, just stop it. It was an ok movie that was fairly entertaining. To call it “great” makes you look like a troll. TLJ has a much better director so heres to hoping for “great” in December.

        • April 24, 2017 at 6:15 am

          Stop living in denial. The film is the 11th most popular film of all time when adjusted for inflation. Here are the other 10 films in front of it. Please tell me if we as a collective culture consider these films to be good films if not some of the best ever made:

          1. Gone With the Wind
          2. Star Wars (1977)
          3. The Sound of Music
          4. E.T.
          5. Titanic
          6. The Ten Commandments
          7. Jaws
          8. Dr. Zhivago
          9. The Exorcist
          10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

          This isn’t trolling, this is common sense. You simply don’t have a film that does so well both popularly and critically (92% positive reviews) without it the consensus about it being a decidedly good movie. To deny that goes against all basic logic for how we as a culture respond to films and judge them on their quality.

          • April 24, 2017 at 2:59 pm

            It is possible for a movie to be both popular, good and also something he didn’t like. Let him have his sad opinion. No one cares.

      • April 24, 2017 at 9:28 am

        Perfect post

    • April 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm


  • April 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    So many possibilites, but an Obi Wan movie is the next logical step.

    • April 24, 2017 at 12:13 am

      No it’s not.

    • April 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Chills man…chills. Thank you!

  • April 23, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Good. I like the new Star Wars it feels classic but modern. The way rogue one looked was awesome and the main episodes are gonna get better and better. The last Jedi looks like it will be the perfect starvwars movie

  • April 23, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    You’re going to find that sort of negative noise with any fan group. People love to complain. Now, I’m not a huge of of everything with a Star Wars label, but I like a lot more of it than I dislike.

    • April 23, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      This isnt the first SW community l’ve joined but every message forum i have been to has lessen my enjoyment of discussing things whether its my love, likes or dislikes and i know its hard not to jump down peoples throats just bc not everyone will see eye to eye. So its not really a surprise to read such posts where ppl talk crap about the new material and all that goes with it.

      This is just the beginning of whats to come in regards to expanding the star wars universe. I’ve said this before numerous times in the past ten years or so…its time to branch out beyond what we came to love since the OT came out. Exciting…looking forward to seeing how things go from here ☺

      • April 23, 2017 at 8:21 pm

        “…its not really a surprise to read such posts where ppl talk crap about the new material and all that goes with it.”

        You’re right. It’s never a surprise. I’m just always baffled by the time some people will spend endlessly discussing something they don’t like. I don’t get it. I can’t stand the Grateful Dead. I think they’re absolutely awful. But I’m not wasting my time on Dead fansites complaining about them. That would be a complete and utter waste of my time. I used to be a pretty avid fan of Marvel comics and was active on a few boards for quite a while. About 10 years or so ago I started to sour on a few of my favorite titles. So, I said my piece and left.

        If folks are that disgusted by the current state of Star Wars, maybe they should consider focusing their time in other directions.

  • April 23, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    It really does make me happy too. Although there is the occasional troll around, This community is pretty solid about not just bashing for the sake of bashing. That’s a rare thing to see these days

    • April 23, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      You and me both 🙂

  • April 23, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Same here. It’s all fun!

  • April 24, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Discussions and announcements are different. They do have to go through lots of planning before deciding on one film.

  • April 26, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I’d like to what they have planned for the next animated show for one thing. Its almost certain Reddit and podcasts with Rebels voice actors isn’t the best place to get any new information. “Freddy Pr1nze sez teh show will run for 6 or more s3s0ns!!!”

  • April 26, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Next to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia is the most important character in the Star Wars Universe. She deserves her own anthology film, and I have the treatment for it all ready to go. I just need to pitch it to Kathleen Kennedy. It’s called “The Rebel Princess” and would star Millie Bobby Brown as a teenage Princess Leia!!

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