At this point in the game, there’s hardly a childhood memory under the sun that Disney doesn’t own. Indeed, in the past decade-plus, the House of Mouse has done an amazing job of acquiring the right companies and bet on them based on their strengths. They took Pixar and allowed them to continue creating unique, quality animated films; they took Marvel and allowed them to follow through with their ambitious cinematic universe; and finally, they took the Star Wars brand and have started the process of taking the franchise’s success to a whole new level. With such big properties comes hefty amounts of financial investments, and given the number of irons Disney has in the coals, one would think they’d consider partnering with another studio in hopes of softening the blow of potential future failures.
"We don't need money," Disney CEO Bob Iger said at a conference. "We're in the business of taking big risks ... outside money is of absolutely no interest to us."
One could argue that in relying so heavily on brand recognition, they are, in fact, proving that they are just as risk-averse as any studio -- but regardless, there’s no denying a lot of money is being spent, and when money is being spent, there is inherent risk, no matter the brand.
A lot has been said lately about what’s perhaps their current big risk: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Heck, I wrote a piece on it earlier today stating just how important this film could be. In essence, the film is setting the ground work for more films outside of the traditional Star Wars saga. But it’s not the only one in development. After that film, we have the currently-untitled Han Solo spinoff, which was co-written by Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan, and is set to be directed by 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
But what about the third anthology film? What’s going on with that one? Rumors have been circulating since the beginning that it could be a Boba Fett spinoff film, but as of this writing, that’s all unconfirmed and can be chalked up to fan speculation. In fact, up until this point, it hasn’t even been confirmed that their third anthology film is in development.
According to THR, however, in the conference, Iger confirmed that he recently heard a pitch from the director of the ninth Star Wars film (which, unless something’s changed, is Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow), and that a writer is currently developing another film for 2020. Based on the schedule we’ve received from the past from Disney, which revealed that we’d be getting a Star Wars film every year, alternating between saga films and anthology films, it’s reasonable to conclude that he’s talking about the third spinoff.
Now, while it's easy to get super excited about this...we shouldn't get too excited about this. Just because a film is being developed by a writer doesn't necessarily mean that same writer will actually be completing the screenplay. In big films like this, they often go through several writers before a script is finished, but all the same, it's comforting to know that some progress is being made.
Who is the writer that’s developing this mysterious Star Wars anthology film? Is it actually going to be a Boba Fett movie (God, I hope not)? We’ll have to wait and see. But until then we can all get excited about the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is set to come out December 16, 2016.
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