‘Star Wars’: Kathleen Kennedy Opens Up About Movie Plans

The franchise is also looking to move away from the Skywalker family.


Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently teased the future of Star Wars on the big screen.

The Skywalker Saga notably ended with Episode IX, and the Star Wars franchise is now firmly in a new era with Disney Plus at the center of it all. As the TV side grows, Lucasfilm is still developing several projects for the big screen and it was originally revealed by Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy that Rogue Squadron would be the next film. Projects from Taika Waititi, Kevin Feige, Rian Johnson, and J.D. Dillard are also known to be in the works.

Reports then came out that Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron had been delayed, with uncertainty surrounding Star Wars’ film future back on the table. While speaking with Vanity Fair, Kathleen Kennedy shared an update on what’s happening with the films:

“We have a road map. I would say that Taika’s story fits more specifically into that. Rogue Squadron…we kind of pushed off to the side for the moment. Patty is developing the script further. Then we will talk about how that connects to the central spine that we’re working on. There’s a couple of [filmmakers] that we’ve been in conversation with over quite a long period of time that I’m hoping will come in and make the overall commitment that Jon and Dave have made. That’s ideally what I would love to see happen in the feature space.”

Kathleen Kennedy also noted that they aren’t looking for a Kevin Feige-type, but instead a filmmaker who is willing to stay committed to a galaxy far, far away for a few years:

“I wouldn’t go so far. Kevin is an anomaly—an amazing one. But [the goal is] definitely having somebody make more of a commitment. I hesitate to use the word trilogies anymore because Star Wars is much more about persistent storytelling.”

Speaking of the Skywalker Saga, Kathleen Kennedy also shared the Star Wars franchise will start to move away from the family:

“I think it is vital. Just staying within the construct of George’s storytelling, to keep chipping away at that, I think would be wrong. It’s our job to step away now, but still have a connection to the mythology that George created. That won’t stop. But we are moving on from the Skywalker saga. That’s what’s taking a lot of time, discussion, and thought right now.”

More Details Coming Soon?

While the recently released Vanity Fair piece teases the future of the franchise, more details on future films could come as early as next week with Lucasfilm hosting a panel that will dive into future projects at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim.

Here is the synopsis for the last theatrical released Star Wars film, The Rise of Skywalker:

Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

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Source: Vanity Fair

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.