The Star Wars brand is alive and well and will continue on for at least another decade, says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
Star Wars’ rebirth began in 2015 with The Force Awakens. That was followed by Rogue One and countless other related material with books, comics and TV shows. Now that The Last Jedi and Solo movies are on the horizon and Episode IX arriving soon after that, its understandable to wonder where the franchise will go from there.
Kathleen Kennedy revealed some details about that when she talked to Andi Gutierrez of The Star Wars Show. Here’s what she said about the future of Star Wars.
We’re sitting down now, we’re talking about the next ten years of Star Wars stories, and we’re looking at narratively where that might go. Future stories beyond Episode IX with these new characters: Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8. But we’re also looking at working with people that are interested in coming into the Star Wars world and taking us to places that we haven’t been yet. And that’s exciting too because its a vast galaxy far, far away, so the possibilities are endless.
It wouldn’t take a genius to predict that Disney was going to keep the Star Wars franchise going, be it with TV shows, and books or spin off movies. But Kennedy’s comments sheds so me light on what exactly is the roadmap for Star Wars. That may include major current Star Wars characters, as she brought up Rey, Poe, Finn and BB-8.
Kathleen Kennedy is extremely careful in her comments not to specifically focus on the movies, but it is heavily implied.
In the decade timeframe Kennedy refers to, Lucasfilm already has three movies lined up: The Last Jedi, Solo and Episode XI. Solo also falls in there as well. There are many other characters that can be explored.
Will there be an expansion to the main Star Wars Skywalker saga? Maybe so, but Kennedy wasn’t going to tell us anything about it. At least not right now.
It seems Star Wars is sticking around for a long time, and we’re completely happy with it.