Kathleen Kennedy Talks About The Future Of STAR WARS
For the first time since it came back in full force in late 2015, Star Wars is getting ready to take a bit of a break from the big screen after the premiere of Episode IX, now officially titled Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Meanwhile the franchise is beginning to expand on its television and streaming service content, beginning with the highly anticipated live action series from Jon Favreau simply titled The Mandalorian. After that, another series about Rogue One‘s Cassian Andor is also in the works and there is murmur of a third live action Star Wars series being in the works too. But what exactly are Lucasfilm’s plans for the franchise when it returns to the big screen in a couple of years?
As it turns out, the plans are still what the studio announced over the past two years, with two new trilogies from The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. In a new article from THR, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that the studio had always planned to wrap up the Skywalker Saga with Episode IX and then progress onto a new saga set in that galaxy far far away.
Here’s what Kennedy told THR:
“We knew we were going to close this up; we knew that even before we started The Force Awakens. We are looking at the next saga. We are not just looking at another trilogy; we’re really looking at the next ten years or more,” said Kennedy. “This [Rise of Skywalker] is the culmination of the Skywalker Saga; it’s by no means the culmination of Star Wars. I’m sitting down now with Dan Weiss and David Benioff… and Rian Johnson. We’re all sitting down to talk about, where do we go next? We’ve all had conversations about what the possibilities might be, but now we’re locking it down.”
Personally I think this is good news. While I for one have quite loved the Sequel Trilogy to date, I think there is merit to the thought that fans might respond better to a cleaner break from the Skywalker Saga and explore new terrain in the franchise, be it through setting films in a drastically different era such as during the Old Republic or in an entirely new set of worlds that fans are unfamiliar with.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter