Kathleen Kennedy spoke to The Wrap and provided an update on where Disney and Lucasfilm’s thinking is at regarding the future of the Star Wars franchise. A brave move considering a chorus of Star Wars fans would reply “There isn’t one!” after the state of the sequel trilogy.
Kennedy referred to it as an ever-evolving process and confirmed that television is integral to the future direction. She also confirmed that her primary focus since taking on Lucasfilm was to complete the Skywalker Saga. That is now done.
“He [George Lucas] 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.”
With last year’s The Rise Of Skywalker deemed to have concluded what Lucas began, Kennedy says that she and the Lucasfilm team have now decided to take a step back and look at the whole Star Wars universe before deciding how to proceed.
“Stories have been told within this universe over the last 40 odd years, and there’s now the realisation 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.”
Call me old fashioned, but maybe they should have considered this before they took a wholesale decision to junk the existing Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) and make it non-canon under the Star Wars Legends banner? Stepping back and thinking does seem like a good idea at this point though.
“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.”
She acknowledged that TV will be a big part of Star Wars‘ future:
“The ability to be very character-driven, with extended storytelling and connected storytelling, I think this space offers us a great opportunity to do that.”
If we may be so bold, Ms Kennedy, we are sure that our contributors in the Disqus below may well have a few suggestions.