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Star Wars: No More Trilogies but Characters Will Remain

Published on December 17th, 2019 | Updated on December 17th, 2019 | By FanFest

Lucasfilm and Star Wars leader Kathleen Kennedy sat down with the Los Angeles Times to discuss the future of the franchise as we head towards the premier of this week’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.   There has been a lot of speculation about where the franchise goes from here and Kennedy cleared up a lot for fans and we believe they’ll be excited.

“Kennedy said she plans to make key decisions about the direction of the franchise in the coming weeks. But some things she already knows. While the Skywalker saga is ending, the company won’t abandon the characters created in the most recent trilogy,” said Ryan Faughnder of the Los Angeles Times.

Although fans have become accustomed to a three film trilogy, not just in Star Wars but in other franchises too, Kennedy believes this format may actually limit the franchise.

“I think it gives us a more open-ended view of storytelling and doesn’t lock us into this three-act structure,’ Kennedy said. ‘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.’”

Kennedy went on to discuss the appearance that she makes all of the decisions for the franchise and that it’s direction is entirely in her hands.

“Nobody in our business develops something with one person, that’s it, and everything goes perfectly,” she said. “That’s a fairly common part of the process. We fall under incredible scrutiny because it’s ‘Star Wars.’ Because of the quality I’m striving for, I’m reaching out to top talent, and vice versa.”

The franchise appears to be constantly developing and creating stories as it develops.  As new filmmakers and story tellers are brought into the franchise, their input is valued and considered.

“We’re literally making this up from whole cloth and bringing in filmmakers to find what these stories might be,” Kennedy said. “It can take a while before you find what direction you might want to go. We need the time to do that.”

Star Wars has such an opportunity too expand and go beyond the characters we are already familiar with.  However, its exciting to know that the characters from our newest trilogy have the ability to return and that we aren’t necessarily seeing the end of their stories.

“I’m very excited at the possibility of being able to do things that expand our portfolio a little bit,” she said. “You realize there’s so much potential to do some pretty great things, and to expand beyond just ‘Star Wars’ is pretty exciting to think about.”

There are limitless opportunities for stories and characters in the Star Wars universe and we’ve probably only seen the surface of the iceberg.

What stories are you hoping to see on the big screen in the future from the Star Wars universe?  Let us know in the comments below!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiers this Friday, December 20, 2020 in theaters.

 

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