Episode VIII & Beyond Development Timeline

Episode VIII & Beyond Development Timeline


10/30/12 – Disney purchases Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion:

  • Kathleen Kennedy named President of Lucasfilm.
  • Episode VII to be released in 2015, further films every two-three  years, and beyond


11/21/12 – The Hollywood Reporter claims Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have locked deals to write the screenplays and produce Episodes VIII & IX.

  • Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have closed deals to write installments of the new Star Wars trilogy, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The pair will write either Episode VIII or Episode IX – their exact division of responsibilities is yet to be determined — and also will come aboard to produce the films.


02/05/13 – Ain’t It Cool News reporting that Yoda-centric film in development.

  • Well, to start with they’re going to focus on established characters and do solo films, no, not necessarily Han Solo films, but well, fuck it…   The first Stand Alone film is going to center upon YODA.  At this stage specifics are sparse, but Kathleen Kennedy is putting together a STAR WARS slate…  I’m wildly curious for more details on the YODA film – would this be a young or old YODA tale? Knowing that Lucasfilm is doing a series of stand alone character features…  I wonder if Joe Johnston has pitched Kennedy his stand alone BOBA FETT film he was talking about after the release of Captain America.   Hmmmmm…   Now, let’s chase after YODA details…  Where’s FRANK OZ?  Giggle.  Gotta love chasing STAR WARS stories!  Oh – and I’ve also heard tale of a JABBA story that Lucas has floated to some of his buddies.  But word is YODA is first.


02/05/13 – Bob Iger confirms two standalone films


      • “When we were exploring very seriously with George the acquisition of Lucasfilm, the idea of producing a few so-called standalone films that were not part of the overall saga came up. And we discussed not in great detail, a few of the possibilities. What I confirm today is that those possibilities are becoming more real and they are now creative entities that are working on developing scripts for what would be those standalone films. We are not saying how many.”
        “Lawrence Kasdan who wrote ‘Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ is working on one. And Simon Kinberg is working on another. And Lucasfilm will have details about these projects at a later date.”Business Insider

02/06/13 – Han Solo & Boba Fett films under development

  • Entertainment Weekly has learned details on two of the spin-off projects: A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum.

Entertainment Weekly

02/25/13 – Alfonso Cuaraon mentioned for Episode VIII or IX

  • J.J. Abrams name was brought up to me numerous times, but only in reference to re-brand and ground up respect for world building that the franchise was looking to take back then. Very sneaky. Interesting to see he was offered the most coveted and feared gig in cinema history. Ultimately he is the perfect choice to direct episode 7, and set up the franchise to steward through the first trilogy. The names I mentioned to you before, remember them (EDITOR’S NOTE: my source’s director list can be found here). Alfonso Cuaron especially. Trust me.


02/25/13 – Plagueis mentioned as spinoff possibility

  • However, the trilogies ongoing narrative will continue to focus on that particular branch, whereas the stand alone movies, will fill and expand the voids in between in multiple timelines, and have potential to then be franchised themselves in regards to the worlds they open up.Yoda, Palpatine, Jabba, Boba, Plagueis etc.I believe they are very clued into what fans would and wouldn’t like


03/01/13 – George reportedly nixes Yoda standalone

  • No on Yoda, George doesn’t want it. Yoda is a supporting character and will stay that way


03/29/43 – Obi-Wan/Darth Maul spinoff explored

  • Set between Star Wars Episode III and Episode IV.

  • Said to feature Ewan McGregor reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in his exile on Tatooine.

  • The villain? Darth Maul hunting down his nemesis with a possible plot point involving a 5-year-old Luke Skywalker somehow tied into the story possibly as bait for Obi-Wan.


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