Back in May it was unofficially announced that the second Star Wars spinoff, being written by Simon Kinberg, was to be a Boba Fett origin story, something that pleased fans a lot. Fantastic Four and Chronicle director Josh Trank was due to helm the film for Disney and LucasFilm.
However, clearly there were issues when Trank did not appear at the Star Wars Celebration (Gareth Edwards was there to promote his spinoff, Rogue One), and it was later revealed that Trank was supposed to be presenting some form of trailer. It was not ready, and subsequently Trank left the project shortly after.
It was said that Trank’s behaviour on set of Fantastic Four made Disney and LucasFilm nervous, and now EW reports that this particular spinoff has had its release date pushed back dramatically.
Originally Trank’s spinoff was due for release in 2017, but now it has been pushed back to 2020. Kathleen Kennedy, of LucasFilm, commented on this saying the Boba Fett story is still a priority:
“It’s still one of the stories that we absolutely want to tell,” she says. “There is a lot of innovative technology in and around what it is we’re doing with that story, so for a lot of reasons, we were comfortable postponing that. But we’re definitely still developing it… We’re trying to get to a point where we’re never rushing for anything.”
This now leaves a gap in the Star Wars plan of feature film, spinoff film then feature film, so it is unclear exactly what Disney and LucasFilm are planning to do to fill the gap. Maybe some information will be released in the near future? They also now need to find a new director for this spinoff, so let the speculation begin.