Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed today that the studio is developing a third Star Wars spin-off, with a screenwriter already in place. The CEO wouldn't reveal the identity of the writer involved in the project, or what this spin-off will focus on, but there have long been rumors that the movie will center on the iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett. That still hasn't been confirmed, but with a writer on board, we could hear more about this project soon.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Bob Iger during a conference in New York, with the CEO also revealing that he has heard a pitch from the director of Star Wars: Episode IX. While that director is not identified in the report, Colin Trevorrow has long been attached to write and direct the final installment of this new trilogy, so perhaps this means that the the script is finished. The filmmaker recently teased that he wants to direct a scene from Star Wars 9 in outer space with IMAX cameras.
Bob Iger also commented on the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One, calling it an "experiment, of sorts," since it is the first Star Wars movie that won't be directly tied to the Luke Skywalker saga. The story is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Here's what Bob Iger had to say in a brief statement about Rogue One.
"This is a moment in time, and we've loved what we've seen."
As for the third mysterious Star Wars spin-off, we first heard about that project in May 2014, when it was rumored that the first stand alone movie would focus on Boba Fett, followed by the Han Solo spin-off in 2018 and a 2020 movie centering on Red 5, referring to Luke Skywalker's X-Wing fighter code name in the original trilogy. Another rumor surfaced last year that Michael B. Jordan was being considered to play Boba Fett, but nothing about this project has been confirmed quite yet.
As for this mystery writer, a previous report revealed that Simon Kinberg, who produces Star Wars Rebels, was slated to write the third spin-off, but we don't know if that is still the case. Josh Trank was at one point attached to direct this spin-off, but there is no filmmaker in place quite yet. A report from November revealed that Disney plans on releasing a new Star Wars movie every year, indefinitely, with the studio most likely sticking with their current formula of releasing spin-offs in between the main flagship films. Hopefully Bob Iger and Disney release more details soon about the third Star Wars Spin-Off.