November 23 2016

Lucasfilm starts discussing the future of Star Wars

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is mere weeks away, and Lucasfilm is anxious to see the results as it may determine its future.

With the release of Rogue One we will be entering a brave new world for the Star Wars franchise where we no longer focus on the Skywalker family. But will standalone films be the future of the series after Episode IX, or will Lucasfilm have to find a way to continue coming up with stories about this one family?

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy hasn’t made any final decisions as of yet. “That’s a conversation going on right now, too. I have to honestly tell you, could we [do nothing but stand-alones]? Sure. But I don’t know. We are looking at all of that.” The decision, however, may not be far away. “There are [possible movies] that we have been talking a lot about,” Kennedy says. “But we are planning to sit down in January, since we will have had The Force Awakens released, now Rogue One, and we’ve finished shooting Episode VIII. We have enough information where we can step back a little bit and say, What are we doing? What do we feel is exciting? And what are some of the things we want to explore?”

Before you think that these standalone films are just cash grabs by Disney, it seems the idea goes back a ways. “George [Lucas] talked to me about doing this when I first came aboard,” Kennedy says. “He had often thought about doing it and he had actually written down three or four thoughts and ideas, directions you could go. Obviously inside the mythology there were lots of opportunities. So that was the first conversation I had.”

The ideas apparently focused more on the Jedi than anything, and while fans have been clamoring for Ewan McGregor to do a stand-alone film – an idea the actor has said he is open to – I personally feel the Jedi should be mainly restricted to Skywalker stories. Rogue One excites me because we’re seeing more a ground level story without having to worry about the Force.  I want to know how these galactic-wide events impacted the beings of the galaxy. How did the Rebellion manage to withstand the onslaughts of the Empire? Who funded them? Lets see some stories set after the fall of the Empire.

There is an endless well of stories Lucasfilm can pull from. Lets get to telling some of them.

Source: Entertainment Weekly .

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