It’s Spinoff Season: All The Spinoffs Coming To Screens In 2019 (So Far)
The phrase, “You can never have too much of a good thing,” may as well be a watermark in cinema. With our penchant for nostalgia and widespread ability to fall into a depressive black hole when a favourite TV series or film saga comes to an end, Hollywood has taken note.
You only need to twiddle your thumbs for a few months and maybe venture outside for fresh air, to arrive home and in front of the TV, finding that your favourite TV show has returned in the form of a prequel, sequel, or spin-off.
But with what likely seems to be an over-saturation of the market, it can be hard to keep track of timelines and what series pertains to what.
Thankfully, we’ve got you covered on all the spinoffs coming to our screens.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm and Disney are currently in negotiations with Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot and The Hours, to write and develop the project with Lucasfilm.
Whilst there’s no script and no star as of yet, it’s believed that it will be the next film to hit following the still-untitled Han Solo film and Episode XI drop, but there’s no guarantee. The Hollywood Reporter notes that there are a few other irons in the fire, including a Yoda film and one about Boba Fett.
That being said, the decision to centre a film around Obi-Wan comes across as an incredibly safe, conservative move that’s in keeping with the franchise’s persistent refusal to stray very far from the existing films, reminding us all that Star Wars is on a very tight leash.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a modestly budgeted horror movie with none of the original cast is in the works after the international success of Aquaman. Set around the underwater kingdom known as The Trench, the movie will supposedly revolve around the monsters who live there.
With John Wick 3 on the way, the news that there could be another instalment is certainly one we applaud. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ballerina, as the film will be called, is a le-femme Nikita-esque action thriller which centres “on a young woman raised as an assassin who must hunt down the other assassins that murdered her family.”
Other details are limited, but Lionsgate reportedly wants John Wick to be a full-blown cinematic universe, and Ballerina might just do the job.
After the hit-series ended, Better Call Saul provided fans with another glimpse into the world of Breaking Bad, in the form of a spin-off, prequel series that just wrapped its fourth season.
But as it turns out, another Breaking Bad is in the works, taking the form of a new movie currently being worked on by creator Vince Gilligan. Variety reports that the film, currently titled Greenbriar, is scheduled to go into production in mid-November. Starring Aaron Paul, the film is reportedly set to also feature series stars Bryan Cranston and Jonathan Banks as well as Krysten Ritter, Jesse Plemons, Matt Jones as Badger and Tess Harper as Jesse’s mum.
According to a press release, the movie “tracks the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.” While Bryan Cranston’s leading character Walter White died in the series finale, the film will presumably involve prequel motifs.
Game Of Thrones
With all its success, of course HBO would try and drain any semblance of a storyline or character arc possible if it meant they could stay in the Westeros business a little bit longer.
HBO announced five prequels of the medieval low fantasy series that are supposedly in development. The first of the prequels will be called The Long Night, and refers to Westeros’ own personal Dark Age – a period of time thousands of years before Robert’s Rebellion, when the world experienced a winter that lasted for many years and marked a “generation and laid waste through famine and terror.”
Nickelodeon will be developing spinoff shows from their popular series SpongeBob Squarepants. According to Variety, Nickelodeon is developing spinoff shows for the series, revolving around other characters on the show. The decision was part of Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins’ plan to keep younger audiences tuning into Nickelodeon, despite the growing number of streaming services on the market.
When comparing the long-running success of Spongebob to the Marvel Universe and explaining ideas for spinoffs, Robbins suggested Nickelodeon could, “tell an original story about Spongebob and Patrick, or maybe tell a Sandy Cheeks stand-alone story, or can Plankton have his own?”