Another quarter, another quarterly earnings phone call from Disney CEO Bob Iger to his investors. As you can imagine, Iger's most recent call was largely Star Wars-themed, and during said call a number of moderately-interesting bits of information slipped out.
For instance: after a brief delay, Rian Johnson has begun filming Star Wars: Episode VIII:
"There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products,” (Iger) said. “Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.”
As we reported last month, the delay in shooting was likely put into play after the film's release date was changed from May to December of 2017. Hey, man: whatever allows Rian Johnson to make the Star Wars film we all know he's capable of making.
Also worth noting from Iger's quarterly call: shooting has just about wrapped on Gareth Edwards' Star Wars: Rogue One (Iger says that Disney loves what they've seen so far, but of course he's going to say that), and preproduction has already begun on the next Star Wars standalone film, which will revolve around the misadventures of a young Han Solo (translation: we're probably going to find out who's playing Young Han relatively soon).
So, yeah. Sounds like everything's going according to plan. What an exciting time for both Star Wars fans and Disney investors.