Now I know a lot of people may think that ‘Star Wars’ is close to finishing its current run since they are now working on ‘Episode IX,’ the end of the new trilogy, but that is simply not the case. As ‘Rogue One‘ proved, standalone ‘Star Wars’ films are a viable option for Disney and Lucasfilm, and as long as ‘Solo’ does middling to ok for a ‘Star Wars’ movie (which, I mean, even if it sucks, it is still bound to have a huge opening weekend), the powers-that-be are clearly going to keep the saga going. And truth be told, with D.B. Weiss and David Benioff (of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame) crafting a new series of films, and with Rian Johnson working on a new trilogy, these new “standalone” films may be anything but. They could become the new “main” story for the franchise once the Skywalker saga is complete. And even then, it sounds like Kathleen Kennedy is far from finished with stories about Rey, BB-8, Finn etc, so even after ‘Episode IX’ we may be looking at ‘Episodes X -XII’ in the next 10 years.
Point being, it is not that surprising to hear that Simon Kinberg is reportedly at work on a ‘Star Wars’ script at the moment, for a number of reasons. First of all, the man is already involved in the world as the Executive Producer of the much-beloved ‘Star Wars: Rebels‘ which just ended its run, not to mention the fact that a few years ago he was on-board to produce the ‘‘Boba-Fett’ standalone movie when Josh Trank was set to direct. We all know how that ended, with Trank’s antics on the ‘Fantastic 4’ set plus the utter box-office failure of that movie pushing Disney to dump Trank and the project for the moment. Now fans are wondering if Kinberg might be back writing that ‘Boba-Fett’ movie once more, and wondering what he could have in mind for the beloved bounty hunter.
Whatever the case, there is a wide-world of possibilities out there, and I for one, am curious to see what kind of ‘Star Wars’ film Kinberg could be crafting, though I hope we get something more akin to his ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ work than his work on ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ as ‘Star Wars’ does not need any more black marks on its cinematic Report Card.