Though Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be the final chapter of the Skywalker saga, the Star Wars hype doesn’t stop there. It will live on through new stories that will be told by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Their new trilogies will expand the Star Wars universe in unimaginable ways. And though we know that the three are handling their own franchises, we know next to nothing about them. And probably won’t for a while since they are working on other projects – Johnson is finishing Knives Out, and Benioff and Weiss are overseeing the final season of Game of Thrones.
Luckily, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy provided some insight on what we can expect from their Star Wars projects and what it could mean for the franchise. Check out what she had to say below.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Kennedy said that the franchise would be going on “a hiatus for a couple of years.” She added, “we’re taking the time to really look at where this is going from the standpoint of a saga.”
With the Skywalker saga coming to a close, the new brain trust will be taking their time to map out a brand new universe, while staying true to the spirit of Star Wars. And they are looking at the bigger picture rather than just seeing them as theatrical trilogy vignettes. Said Kennedy:
“We’re not just looking at what the next three movies might be, or talking about this in terms of a trilogy. We’re looking at: What is the next decade of storytelling?”
Of course, she is referring to Johnson, and Benioff and Weiss’s untitled Star Wars trilogies. Though we know very little on them, we can expect them to work on them as soon as they are done with their current projects.
“As they finish Game of Thrones, they’re going to segue into Star Wars,” Kennedy said. “They’re working very closely with Rian.”
That’s very interesting. Is there a connection between the two franchises? That remains to be seen. But from what Kennedy tells EW, exploring a new timeline isn’t out of the question. When asked about if audiences could see a different kind of “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away,” Kennedy said:
“Yes, absolutely. I think that that’s absolutely on the horizon,” she said. “We’re looking at whether we can move massively in one direction of the other. It’s still Star Wars, and holding on to the DNA of what George created is still very important to us.”
She added, “I think this is a huge opportunity to step into the galaxy in a little bit different part of the timeline.”
And one opportunity that Kennedy is open to is having more diverse voices tell different Star Wars stories, whether that is through film or TV shows like Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian:
“We have a series of filmmakers that we’re bringing into the fold, that we can start to look at as directing talent, and we’re trying to bring women into the mix as well. We’re making it very inclusive with the group of people that we’re pulling together.”
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