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Looking to the Horizon

We’re only days away from The Rise of Skywalker, which will be the final chapter of the Skywalker family story. This family has been the basis of Star Wars for forty years, so we have to ask the question – what comes next? According to the Los Angeles Times, Kathleen Kennedy is already thinking about the future of the franchise. “Now is the time to start thinking about how to segue into something new and different

Lucasfilm already has other projects in the works, including the Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor. But what about the big screen projects? Earlier this year, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss turned away from their planned Star Wars trilogy. Kennedy, and Lucasfilm, caught some negative press when the Game of Thrones writers dropped the project, with rumors floating around that Lucasfilm actually booted them from the deal.

Kennedy spoke to the hesitation surrounding the ever-changing line-up writers and creators. “That’s a fairly common part of the process…Because of the quality I’m striving for, I’m reaching out to top talent, and vice versa.”

The Los Angeles Times article gives us two juicy tidbits of information. The first is that Kathleen Kennedy and Bob Iger reached an agreement to “pause” on putting out Star Wars films for the time being. This is welcome news, in this writer’s humble opinion.

Don’t get me wrong – I love Star Wars. It’s in my blood, passed down from my mother before me. But more time before new movies could be a welcome breather for everyone. The creators need time to think of quality stories. The fans need time to take in everything we’ve been given. We have plenty of smaller-form content to scratch the itch, especially now with Disney+ in almost every household. We can certainly make it until 2022 without a movie every year.

The other news is that Lucasfilm will be doing away with trilogies moving forward. “It gives us a more open-ended view of storytelling and doesn’t lock us into this three-act structure. We’re not going to have some finite number and fit it into a box. We’re really going to let the story dictate that.”

The fan community is divided on Kennedy and her creative decisions, just as they are divided of The Last Jedi and the Disney-fied Star Wars universe. Hopefully, though, they can take comfort in the fact that Kennedy is definitely listening to what the fans want. “It does matter what they say and what they care about. All of those things play a role in our decision making.”

Dave Filoni, who worked with George Lucas closely while developing The Clone Wars, praised Kennedy for her ability to plan for the future. “I think it says a lot about how she looks at a long game and works patiently to achieve goals and find success, not just for the projects, but for people as well.

The future of Star Wars may be unknown, but there certainly will be a future. With Disney+, the new exploration into VR experiences, and video games, it seems we are just at the beginning of possibilities for our favorite galaxy.

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Jamie Binegar
"You cannot stop change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.” — Shmi Skywalker

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