Lucasfilm President Discusses "Star Wars" Franchise Future

 

Star Wars hasn't had the best luck, at least on the big screen. On the small screen, the franchise has been doing very well with both the accolade-nominated The Mandalorian, the final season of The Clone Wars, and all the fun behind-the-scenes material that the franchise is equally known for. The movies though, between the sequel trilogy and the spin-off films, started out good and went downhill. Whether you agree with it or not, many Star Wars fans disagreed with the direction the films were taking, particularly after the divisive Episode VIII, The Last Jedi. And after the two most recent efforts, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story didn't perform as well as hoped, the franchises has been put on hold. Well, except for recent reports that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi will direct an upcoming Star Wars film while co-writing the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917). Still, in an interview with The Wrap this week, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy addressed what comes next for the film part of the franchise:

“[The] 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 [Lucas] 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.”

Whatever happens, practically every piece of visual media the franchise has ever done is now available on Disney+ so audiences will have plenty to tie them down until they can return to the theater and a galaxy far, far away.

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