5 Hollywood Rumors: Disney Talks Phase 2 of ‘Star Wars’ Saga


Every week, we take an in-depth look at the latest rumors coming out of Hollywood, from casting news to rumored directorial choices to the latest TV revivals. This week, we have news from Disney CEO Bob Iger on the future of Star Wars, our first clue about Deadpool 2and the first new Harry Potter story in almost a decade.

1. Paramount tees up three new Transformers movies

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark

Source: Paramount

Paramount’s Transformers franchise is a shining example of what happens when you throw CGI, explosions, and robots into a blender and try to make a movie out of it. That hasn’t slowed any of the box office demand though, with the studio green-lighting three new sequels due out in 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively. Michael Bay will return to direct for at least the next movie, having signed on the likes of Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway (Iron Man 3) to the ever-expanding writer’s room.

2. Deadpool 2 will feature a brand new addition to the X-Men film universe

Deadpool and Cable - Deadpool 2, Marvel/20th Century Fox

Source: Marvel Comics

Superhero movies today are known for their devotion to end-credit scenes, often teasing at the next movie in the franchise. For Deadpool, we saw something of a different approach: The version of the movie screened for critics featured a shortened end-credit scene, holding back one piece of important sequel news for the wide release. The full version of the scene though has Deadpool telling the audience that a mutant by the name of Cable will be appearing in the already-green-lit Deadpool 2.

Fans of the comics are probably familiar with the Cable & Deadpool series released by Marvel back in 2004. For those not in the know: Cable is a mutant soldier with telekinetic abilities that sometimes grant him the ability to travel through time. Pair that with the fourth-wall-breaking of his red-suited counterpart, and we already have a recipe for an insane follow-up movie.

3. Disney CEO dishes on post-trilogy future of Star Wars movies

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - International Trailer

Source: Lucasfilm

Star Wars is a franchise both helped and limited by its storytelling format. On one hand, dividing the story of its universe out among three trilogies adds order to the chaos of a massive saga. On the other though, it sets an end-date for a series that makes Disney too much money for them to simply pack up and go home post-Episode IX. CEO Bob Iger recently spoke to Newsbeat to offer some details on what the end of the latest trilogy will bring for the franchise.

While not giving exact details, Iger’s message rang loud and clear: There’s plenty more Star Wars on the horizon. “There will be more after (Episode IX), I don’t know how many, I don’t know how often,” he said in the interview, making a “Phase 2″ seem more than likely following the completion of the trilogy. As of now, the four confirmed Star Wars movie in some stage of production are Episodes VIII and IX, Rogue One, and the yet-to-be-titled Han Solo “Anthology” movie. All of these are to make Disney and Lucasfilm a veritable mountain of money at the box office, and with the franchise continuing to expand out in novels, video games, and TV series, even more films seem like a logical addition.

4. Bryan Fuller joins CBS’s Star Trek reboot

Source: Paramount Pictures

Source: Paramount Pictures

Star Wars isn’t the only franchise with significant forward momentum right now. CBS is bringing back Star Trek for a full series, having tagged Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Dead Like Me) as showrunner. Fuller will also come on an executive producer alongside Alex Kurtzman. The series itself is set to debut in January 2017 on CBS’s flagship network, before moving over to its online streaming service, All Access. The network couldn’t have picked a better head for the reboot series, given Fuller’s extensive resumé and certified nerd credentials.

5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to get “script book” release this summer

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling

Source: Pottermore

The Harry Potter franchise will return in a huge way in 2016. We all knew about the Eddie Redmayne-led Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spin-off hitting theaters this November. Before that arrives though, we’ll be getting our first new Potter book in almost a decade. It’ll come in the form of the “script book” for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage production, releasing July 30 (the opening night for the play as well). For full details on what the story will feature, you can check out our full rundown here!

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