Unlike what is happening with the “Star Wars” series for Disney+, the saga continues and will continue to make its mark in cinema.
Em interviewed at Vanity FairKathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, revealed that future films will maintain the connection to the mythology created by George Lucas, but specifically said that it was “vital” that they move away from the family saga concluded with “Star Wars: Episode IX”. – The Rise of Skywalker” in 2019.
According to the producer, it is this imperative and the discussion of the future that causes the delay of the news on the big screen.
Kathleen Kennedy claims that the story that comes closest to this strategic plan is that of director Taika Waititi’s project (“Thor: Ragnarok”, “Jojo Rabbit”), while “Rogue Squadron” (which was announced for the December 22, 2023) is more on the sidelines as Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”) continues to work on the script and only then will there be a conversation about how it will tie into the central plan , in which the president of Lucasfilm moves away from the word “trilogies” and emphasizes more “enduring” narratives.
Although he assures that there is a roadmap for the future of “Star Wars” in cinema that involves these projects, the producer makes no reference to deadlines, while Disney maintains the dates of two films at the moment. agenda (December 19, 2025 and December 17, 2027).
On the other hand, Disney+ projects are flourishing: in addition to the May 27 release of “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, which brings back Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, it has been reported that Jon Watts, director of the recent “Spider-Man” trilogy , will create a series that follows the fall of the Empire through the eyes of four children aged 11 to 12.
Giving the example of Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s “exclusive long-term commitment” in “The Mandalorian,” Kathleen Kennedy reveals another reason why film projects fizzle out: There’s a lack of filmmakers who get involved. engage in the dedication necessary to create and direct a new story on the big screen.
“I would love to find someone on the film side who is committed to the long term. There are two people that I am very close to being able to do,” he revealed … before acknowledging that the market is so competitive that it is difficult to find this availability and exclusivity.
There’s also “nothing specific” about a project from Marvel’s busy president Kevin Feige (after the interview, a screenwriter told Variety that he was finally moving forward).
Off the script and on track is a new trilogy announced in 2017 from Rian Johnson (who directed “Episode VIII: The Last Jedi”).
“Rian has been incredibly busy with ‘Knives Out’ and the deal he’s made with Netflix for a number of films. […] He remains very attached to what we are trying to do. He literally had no time to devote himself. That’s what I’m saying: anyone entering the “Star Wars” universe should know that it’s a three, four, five year commitment. That’s what it takes. You can’t come for a year and shoot anything and then walk away. It does not work like that. So it requires that kind of development,” explained Kathleen Kennedy.