J.J. Abrams may be currently working on bringing Star Wars: Episode VII to the big screen, but lately our sights have been set on the films that will come after its December 2015 release. Over the last few months, Disney and Lucasfilm have been signing multiple directors for the various forthcoming Star Wars sequels and spinoff films. They’ve nabbed some pretty great talent too, from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards to Chronicle director Josh Trank. Then there’s Looper helmer Rian Johnson, who will write and direct Episode VIII, and handle scripting duties on Episode IX as well.
According to JediNews, we may have another name to throw into the mix today, as they’re reporting that Doctor Who and Sherlock writer/showrunner Stephen Moffat may have been offered a Star Wars film, presumably Episode IX.
JediNews isn’t sure whether he’ll write, direct, or produce the film, but it says that he has close ties with Steven Spielberg and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, after working with both on The Adventures of Tintin (for which he wrote the first draft of the script).
With Moffat’s work on Doctor Who and his royal legion of fans, it’s easy to see how he could jump over to the Star Wars universe. Personally, I’d rather he take the reins of one of the spinoff films than an official “Episode,” mainly because there are other directors I’m holding out hope for, and because I don’t need another excuse for him to leave a huge gap between seasons of Sherlock.
As it stands now, Star Wars: Episode VII is set to arrive in a galaxy near you on December 18th, 2015. The first spinoff (which we think is the one Edwards is directing) arrives in 2016, Episode VIII in 2017, Josh Trank’s spinoff in 2018, followed by Episode IX in 2019 and the third, as-yet-unclaimed spin-off in 2020.
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