Because of the way Lucasfilm and Disney have planned out Star Wars films, we are going to be getting a new one every year for the foreseeable future. On the odd years, we’ll be getting saga films, and on the even years, there will be the Star Wars Story movies. And the person guiding it all is Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who has been running the production company since it was acquired by Disney back in 2012. Basically, she’s the person to go to if you want to know anything regarding the new films – of course, that all depends on if you can get an answer out of her.
As a part of their coverage on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Vanity Fair talked to Kennedy about the late Carrie Fisher’s passing, the future of the franchise, and if they will continue the saga beyond Episode IX. More on all of that below.
The success of The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have changed the way fans see the franchise. And there’s no doubt that Kennedy wants to continue that success. While fans have embraced these films, she is looking towards the future. Far beyond the future where there is a possibility that there are no more saga films:
“These are the questions we’re asking. They haven’t been answered yet. I always think it’s important to try to answer the ‘Why?’ You can make any movie you want, and certainly inside Star Wars, now we could do a wide variety of things. But what exactly is the story we feel is important to tell beyond Episode IX “” I think we have to answer that before we know whether we’re going to carry on.”
Kennedy is open to the idea of putting a hold on sagas and trilogies beyond Episode IX to tell more stories, but she stopped short of confirming it. And speaking of Star Wars Story movies, she is exploring a few options following the upcoming untitled Han Solo standalone film:
“Yes. We haven’t identified it yet, but yes. We have a couple of things right now that we’re circling, and we’ll make a decision between the two pretty shortly. It’s probably for 2020, and we will make a decision by June.”
That deadline is coming within a few days, and even if they don’t make and announcement in June, it’s not like Lucasfilm will not drop any news at the upcoming D23 Expo.
Due to Carrie Fisher‘s unexpected passing, plans for General Leia to have a significant part in Episode IX have been drastically changed. In fact, director Colin Trevorrow had submitted a draft to Kennedy back in December 2016:
“We had mapped something out a year ago that [Episode IX writer-director] Colin Trevorrow was working on. In fact, he delivered a script to us in early December. So her death was a real shock, and changed things quite dramatically.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis, who are joined by newcomers Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.
The film opens in theaters on December 15, 2017.
[Source: Vanity Fair]