Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has weighed on on the future of the Star Wars franchise, saying that the studio is taking a step back on it.
Since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released, the question that has been on the minds of many fans is just what is next for the franchise. Since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, numerous new live-action Star Wars projects and creative teams have been added and removed from the plan as priorities have changed. While the company still has release dates set for three new Star Wars films, creative teams and premises for them have been kept under wraps.
While speaking with The Wrap, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talked a bit about the future of Star Wars. Mainly she talks about how the company’s main focus was to finish the story that George Lucas started with his first film and really decide where they want to take the franchise from here:
“It’s an ever-evolving process. You know, when I personally came into this, George had already been having conversations with his previous actors, Carrie (Fisher) and Harrison (Ford) and Mark (Hamill) — there was a saga that the fans loved and he never finished. He always talked about doing nine movies and he was ready to complete that. And so our focus had been from the beginning on finishing that saga.
And now we’re stepping back. Stories have been told within this universe over the last 40-odd years, and there’s now the realization that this is a mythology that actually spans about 25,000 years, when you really start to look at all the different stories that have been told, whether it’s in books and games.
We just need the time to step back and really absorb what George has created, and then start to think about where things might go. That’s what we’ve been doing, and we’ve been having a great deal of fun doing it, and meeting with lots of different filmmakers and talent. There’s so many fans out there and so many filmmakers that have been influenced by Star Wars for so long that it’s a fantastic opportunity to get a sense of who wants to be a part of this. So that’s what we’ve been doing.”
What do you all make of Kathleen Kennedy’s words? What direction do you think Lucasfilm will take the Star Wars franchise in? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for Star Wars: 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.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. The late Carrie Fisher appears as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the Star Wars franchise and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content!
Source: The Wrap