13 items from 2015
Here's confirmation of something that had been widely assumed, but not inked in until this stage: Disney will be releasing the continuing Episodes of the Star Wars saga on an every other year basis.
This year, of course, we get Jj Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which stands as Episode VII in the Star Wars saga. Disney CEO Bob Iger has now confirmed in his shareholder's report that Star Wars: Episode VIII will arrive in 2017, and "we'll finish this trilogy with Episode IX in 2019".
Note his use there of the words "this trilogy". It would hardly be the biggest leap of logic to suggest that Disney and Lucasfilm will then get cracking on the next one once this one is done.
When Disney first acquired Lucasfilm and all of its intellectual property back in 2012, people assumed that the company would breathe new life into the various properties, not to mention George Lucas’ beloved film franchise, with the release of a new installment. Fast forward to the present day and Disney’s plans for Star Wars have proven to be much, much greater, with The Force Awakens primed to kick off a new trilogy this December alongside the release of adjacent standalone pictures in the same universe every other year.
It’s a bold, Marvel-esque cinematic plan, and today the studio has attached dates to Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode XI which will, as we expected, release in 2017 and 2019, respectively. If Disney’s current galactic slate is anything to go by, then we can expect these iterations to make their bow in December.
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- Michael Briers
When Lucasfilm and Star Wars were acquired by Disney we heard rough plans for the upcoming Sequel Trilogy. Star Wars VII (The Force Awakens) would release in 2015 with the following films set to hit every other year after with spin-offs in between. During a recent investors report, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that this is still the plan while teasing a little bit more too. Come inside to see what he had to say regarding the future of Star Wars!
While some sites are reporting on this like it's brand new, it's important to remember that this was the basic plan we'd heard about a couple years ago. It is nice, however, to get confirmation that this is Still the plan and Star Wars Episode VIII will release in 2017, with Star Wars Episode IX closing out the trilogy in 2019 (both of which are being written and possibly directed by Rian Johnson »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
As you know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the film that is going to launch a whole new set of Star Wars films. I couldn't be more excited about what is coming our way. I trust that Disney and Lucasfilm are going to deliver some incredible Star Wars movies that are going to make fans extremely happy.
The first Star Wars standalone film is set to open December 16th, 2016. That first standalone movie could be anything, and we're all patiently waiting to see what it is. We've previously heard that Lucasfilm will eventually get to the point of releasing two Star Wars films a year. In a recent shareholders report, Disney CEO Bob Iger talked about seeing footage from The Force Awakens, and also confirmed the years that Rian Johnson's Episodes VIII and IX will be released. He also teases that this might not be the only »
- Joey Paur
Gygo’s David Gremillion, who is a Disney stockholder, received an annual report from the company which included Iger’s statement about the “Star Wars” release dates.
“As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming… and one of the fewer »
- Jeff Sneider
According to The Wrap [via Get Your Geek On], Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger has revealed to Disney investors that Star Wars: Episode VII will arrive in 2017 and Episode IX will arrive in 2019. Currently, Rian Johnson (Looper) is attached to direct. J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. Here's what Iger shared with Disney stockholders in a written statement: “As one of the few people allowed to visit the set during filming… and one of the fewer who’s seen most of the footage… I can assure the millions of ‘Star Wars’ fans who have spent the last decade hoping for a new movie this one will be worth the wait. And it’s only the beginning of a new era of exceptional ‘Star Wars’ storytelling; next year we’ll release our first standalone movie based on these characters, followed by ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ in »
Over the next few years Star Wars fans will be treated to a number of new films including the first installment in a new trilogy on December 18th this year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. After that the first Star Wars Spin-off opens December 16, 2016. Beyond that it's been speculation on what's happening but nothing really confirmed as to when; they also haven’t officially said but it's pretty much certain that confirmed Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars »
- Graham McMorrow
The Slamdance Film Festival's commercial distribution enterprise Slamdance Studios has announced that viewers can stream a selection of its film on Hulu beginning today. Premiering in this collection is the short "D.I.Y." about the world of do it yourself filmmaking that includes interviews with Chris Nolan, the Russo Brothers, Penelope Spheeris and Rian Johnson. Slamdance Studios' new agreement with Hulu follows recent distribution success with Nicole Teeny's "Bible Quiz," winner of the festival's Grand Jury Prize that is now playing on Netflix. "If you want to see the best in true indie filmmaking come and experience Slamdance on Hulu," said Peter Baxter, Slamdance President & Co-Founder. The first Slamdance programs available to stream on Hulu at launch are: "D.I.Y". (Directed by Peter Baxter, Ben Hethcoat & Eric Ekman) A documentary about the do it yourself filmmaking movement. "Bindlestiffs" (Directed by Andrew »
- Casey Cipriani
Slamdance Studios and Hulu kicked off a new partnership on Wednesday.
The popular online video delivery site reached a deal with Slamdance Film Festival’s commercial distribution wing, Slamdance Studios, to stream a curated collection of films. The inaugural batch of Slamdance offerings includes 12 features and one documentary short.
See Photos: Inside The Wrap’s Sundance 2015 Industry Panel
Included among those titles immediately available is “D.I.Y.,” a documentary short featuring interviews with directors Chris Nolan (“Interstellar”) and Rian Johnson (“Star Wars: Episode VIII”); and “Tony,” a London-set thriller. Slamdance Studios also plans to add new programs to its Hulu channel on a monthly basis. »
- Travis Reilly
As of today, another Sundance is upon us. For more than 30 years now, from a time before it was even called the Sundance Film Festival, we've been looking to the Park City, Utah event as a beacon and a tastemaker of independent cinema. What will be the breakouts of 2015? And how will they fit into such a rich history? Sundance has seen major breakouts and/or introduced us to the work of such filmmakers as the Coen brothers, Christopher Nolan, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, Rian Johnson and, out of last year's fest and now an Oscar darling, Damien Chazelle. Below you'll find 20 titles that not only screened but world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival between its years of 1985 and 2014. You won't find some of your favorites if they debuted...
- Christopher Campbell
"Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" actress Rooney Mara are reportedly testing for the female lead role in Gareth Edwards' upcoming "Star Wars" spinoff film due for release in December next year.
The project is the first of numerous spin-off films set within the "Star Wars" universe. Disney intends to release this one between the release of J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in December this year, and Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode VIII" in December 2017. Josh Trank is linked as helmer of the second spin-off film in the works.
Testing took place in the U.K. in December, with further screen tests now set to take place in the United States. »
- Garth Franklin
Adjustment Bureau: The Spierig Bros. Resuscitate Heinlein’s Dime Store Sci-Fi
Though it gets off to an idle, clunky start, the Spierig Bros, an Australian directing duo, rifle through the catalogue of vintage science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein as inspiration for their third feature, Predestination. Premiering at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, the title is unfortunately being dumped in the undesirable January period for its theatrical release, connoting that the film doesn’t have much to offer. Perhaps more ambitious than its means, it’s a film that manages to intrigue and engross with a narrative that virtually creates the odor of the musty, yellowed pages of the writing style it’s been borrowed from. While some may have a problem with the treatment of certain subject elements, dated precariously from a less enlightened period, the Spierigs, if nothing else, capture a certain nostalgic energy for this material, like an insect trapped in amber. »
- Nicholas Bell
Fans of Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul know he's not shy when it comes to his personal life and career. So it should come as no surprise that he's finally addressed the rumors that he will be taking on the lead in the first Star Wars Spin-Off movie, hitting theaters in December 2016. While he doesn't confirm these rumors as fact, he doesn't necessarily deny them either. His words only serve to fuel the fire.
Last month, it was first rumored that Aaron Paul will take on the lead in a Star Wars Spin-Off directed by Gareth Edwards. The movie is said to revolve around a young Han Solo, though this is not the part the actor will be playing. It was later revealed that the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off is actually going to follow a team of Space Pirates, with Han Solo featured as one of the main characters. »
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