Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed over $2 billion worldwide, while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story made well over $1 billion. Numbers like that ensure that the Star Wars franchise is here to stay, but we don’t really know yet what to expect from the main saga or even the Anthology movies after Episode IX and Han Solo hit theatres.
There’ve been lots of rumours about which characters could take centre stage in their own spinoffs, as well as the direction in which the next trilogy could head, but so far, nothing’s been confirmed. Thankfully though, that may soon change, as in a recent interview, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy was quick to point out that execs at the studio will be meeting shortly to start planning out the franchise’s future.
“To be honest, we are beginning to talk about [the spinoffs] right now. We have four or five weeks immersed in the film ‘Han Solo’ and we are about to read the script of Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX directed, so we have a lot of work at the moment. In the next six or eight months we will have some meetings about the stories that we will develop here.
After 40 years of adventures, fans have so much information and so many theories about the way that can take these stories and theories that emerge are sometimes new ideas for us that we hear, read and pay attention to everything what is said. It is clear that the franchise is owned by the as much by the fans as it’s owned by [the people at Lucasfilm].”
Many fans expected Lucasfilm to reveal an upcoming slate during Star Wars Celebration earlier this month, but that sadly didn’t happen. While it’s possible the studio knows exactly what’s next for the franchise, they clearly don’t want to tell us about it yet. That being said, it’s also just as possible that they haven’t thought that far ahead. After all, not everyone is organized as Marvel is and despite how important Star Wars is to Disney, it doesn’t necessarily mean Lucasfilm has everything in place for the next decade or so.
Regardless, it’s going to be very interesting learning what they have in store for both the main series and the next spinoff. Anyone from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Boba Fett could end up taking centre stage in the latter, but no matter what the studio’s planning, we can rest assured that Star Wars won’t be going anywhere for a very, very long time.
Source: Star Wars News Net