Well, in case anyone was wondering whether Disney and Lucasfilm would hang up their lightsabers once ‘Episode IX’ was done, the answer is, of course, no. According to a recent interview with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy on ‘The Star Wars Show’ (which you can check out in its entirety below), they have movies (and TV shows, and videos games, and books, and comics…) being planned for the next 10 years, which is slightly less than the 15 years previously mentioned by Disney CEO Bob Iger, but still, encouraging news for anyone who just cannot get enough ‘Star Wars’ (and discouraging news for anyone worrying about ‘Star Wars’ fatigue’).
And it seems it will not just be anthology (or stand-alone) films as Kennedy seems to be indicating we will be seeing the continued adventures of the characters from the main series, stating:
“We’re looking at narratively where that might go; future stories beyond Episode IX with these new characters – Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8. We’re also looking at people who are interested in coming into the Star Wars world and taking us places we haven’t been yet.”
Of course, part of me hates that she mentioned those names already, as she is all but confirming they will survive the existing trilogy, not to mention casting doubt on the survival of other important characters, such as Kylo Ren, R2D2, C-3PO, or most importantly, Luke Skywalker. But she may have just been focusing on characters whose contracts she knows they have already, or stories they already have in mind. Who knows? Either way, there is a lot more ‘Star Wars’ on the horizon, and one would hope they manage to keep the quality up through all of that. With the recent director hiccups, it is clear that maintaining a high standard is very important to Lucasfilm, but whether they will be able to continue to hit that mark after so many films will be a real challenge.
What are your thoughts on an almost never-ending cycle of ‘Star Wars’ films? Do you think they should at least slow down how often we see them come out at some point? Share your opinions on the matter in the comments below!