2012 delivered one of the most unexpected stories and marked the announcement that Star Wars would return to the silver screen in 2015 – a year which would already have The Avengers teaming up again and DC attempting to up their game as well with their Justice League adaption (and sadly another Pirates of the Caribbean movie).
After much speculation (and to a lot of people’s surprise) J.J. Abrams was confirmed as the director. This of course raised the question: with Abrams directing Star Wars VII after Star Trek Into Darkness will Abrams be aboard to direct the third Star Trek movie (and maybe conclude a trilogy of some sorts?).
The story keeps going on!
Trekmovie.com is speculating if there might be time for Abrams to return as director if the third Star Trek movie gets delayed until 2017 – which would mean sacrificing the release in 2016 (marking the 50 years anniversary of Star Trek). But now inside sources claim that the release date of Star Wars might get pushed back to 2016 because of Abrams (considering the 4 year gap between Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness it is not unusual for Abrams to take his time) and personally I say “DO IT!”. I don’t see any rush in the new Star Wars movie and if it needs to return one year more or less makes no difference.
Also the rumors about a female protagonist that are circling around are quite interesting and make me curious about this new incarnation however there is a whole different story casting waves through the internet:
According to aintitcool.com the first solo film in the Star Wars universe will be based around Yoda.
If you are unaware of what the Solo-Star Wars films are they are movies in the vein of Marvel’s approach towards The Avengers. There are reports that producer Kathleen Kennedy (president of Lucasfilm) is planning 2-3 Star Wars Solo movies a year so it could very well mean that we get a Boba Fett, Jabba or – as reported – Yoda movie (unsure what time of Yoda’s life would be portrayed but unless we are following Ghost Yoda it would be a prequel).
At this point all best are off and we don’t know where to draw the line between speculation, false rumors or crazy fanwishes that turn into facts…
Always in motion the future is…
Star Wars seems to still be headed towards a 2015 release and there has been a statement on the official Star Wars site concerning the Solo-Star Wars movies:
The Star Wars cinematic galaxy is about to experience a Big Bang. Lucasfilm is officially announcing new spinoff films that will expand the mythos and depths of the Star Wars universe in previously unexplored ways.
One of the standalone films will be written by Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and co-writer ofReturn of the Jedi while the other will be penned by Simon Kinberg, writer of Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The movies will be separate from the upcoming Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, on which Kasdan and Kinberg are also consulting, and are expected to be released sometime after Episode VII. Each standalone film will focus on a specific character, and two spinoff films are currently confirmed.
In a call to investors, Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, revealed while the original focus was on the highly-anticipated sequel trilogy, the idea of spinoff films was bandied about early and the additional films are now becoming a reality. “We are in development of a few standalone films,” he said, “that are not part of the Star Wars saga…there are now creative entities working on developing scripts for what would be those standalone films.”
Stay tuned to StarWars.com as more exciting developments unfold.