Star Wars future to be finalised in January, reveals Kathleen Kennedy

Gregory Wakeman

While we’ve still got ‘Rogue One’, ‘Star Wars: Episodes 8’ & ‘9’, the ‘Han Solo spin-off’, and a third Anthology film that we know next to nothing about to get excited over, there currently aren’t any plans for further ‘Star Wars’ films beyond 2020.

John Boyega and Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Image via Lucasfilm

But Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm and brand manager of the franchise, has now revealed that concrete plans for the future of the ‘Star Wars’ universe will be made in January, 2017.

Kennedy made this admission to Entertainment Weekly, after being asked whether ‘Episode IX’ would conclude the Skywalker saga, whether a new trilogy would begin, or if they might focus on standalone films that then sporadically tie together for a crossover blockbuster, a la Marvel.

“That’s a conversation going on right now, too,” Kennedy explained. “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.”

Released ahead of the second full trailer, this image has a more traditional ‘Star Wars’ look, with the main cast front and center, while the Death Star lurks behind and a battle rages below. ( More on this poster). (Disney/Lucasfilm)

Kennedy then went on to admit that they’re waiting until the release of ‘Rogue One’ to figure out exactly how to move ahead. “There are [possible movies] that we have been talking a lot about,” Kennedy revealed.

“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?’”

Sounds like a sensible plan. Kennedy revealed that the “collegiate group of people” that will decide where to go will include a “story team and the trust” as well as the “visual effects team” that they have been working with and the “directors and the writers that have been a part of these other three movies.”

Clearly there are various permutations to the success or failure of ‘Rogue One’ at the box office for the ‘Star Wars’ cannon. We’ll get to see which direction Kathleen Kennedy and her team decide to go shortly after ‘Rogue One’ is released on December 16.

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