New Star Wars Films Explained by Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy

Rey standing with a blue lightsaber.

“We’re transferring on from the Skywalker saga,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. So no extra Rey?
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Now that the Skywalker Saga is over, what precisely is a Star Wars film? It is a query Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has been coping with each day for years, Issues on the streaming aspect are purring alongside pretty easily. However in theaters? A lot much less so, and Kennedy thinks it is largely as a result of this stuff take extra time than many individuals are able to commit.

“With Jon Favreau and the TV aspect, we have gotten very lucky that he is made the long-term dedication,” Kennedy mentioned in an prolonged interview with Vainness Honest, “I’d love to search out someone on the function aspect that might make that type of a long-term dedication. There’s a few individuals I am fairly near that we could get there, but it surely’s such a aggressive panorama proper now that availability, exclusivity, these type of concepts [make it] robust.”

At the moment, the subsequent Star Wars movie on the discharge schedule is Rogue Squadron from director Patty Jenkins. However Kennedy makes it fairly clear that exact movie is not meshing up with the place she and others see the way forward for star wars, and will not be what’s subsequent.

“We’ve a street map,” she mentioned. “I’d say that Taika [Waititi]’s story suits extra particularly into that. Rogue Squadron , we type of pushed off to the aspect for the second. Patty is growing the script additional. Then we’ll speak about how that connects to the central backbone that we’re engaged on. There’s a few [filmmakers] that we have been in dialog with over fairly a protracted time frame that I am hoping will are available and make the general dedication that Jon and Dave [Filoni] have made. That is ideally what I’d like to see occur within the function house.”

It looks like Kennedy is on the lookout for a filmmaker to dig deep and actually decide to the franchise. One one who that just about may have been Rian Johnson, who Kennedy says is the proper instance of this subject she’s discovering.

,Ryan has been unbelievably busy with Knives Out and the deal that he made at Netflix for a number of motion pictures,” she mentioned. “I’ve had conferences with Ryan; he is someone that is are available as a part of our little mind belief discussions alongside the way in which. He stays very dedicated to what it’s we’re attempting to do. He simply actually hasn’t had the time to dedicate. That is what I am saying: anyone who comes into the Star Wars universe must know that it is a three, 4, five-year dedication. That is what it takes. You possibly can’t step in for a 12 months and shoot one thing after which stroll away. It simply would not work that method. So it requires that type of nurturing.”

It is the type of nurturing that did not occur on the Sequel Trilogy, with JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson ping-ponging concepts backwards and forwards between movies. A kind of concepts was Rey’s origins, and Kennedy defined that whereas many choices for who the character’s dad and mom may be have been mentioned, one standard rumor was by no means on the desk: Obi-Wan Kenobi.

“The larger subject is speaking about Obi-Wan as a Grasp Jedi, and the problem of attachment and selflessness,” Kennedy mentioned. “To ensure that Obi-Wan to have a baby, you might be actually, actually impacting the principles across the Jedi. What does that imply? If that have been explored—and positively there have been a number of concepts being thrown round—however something to do with Obi-Wan in that regard was just about off the desk as a result of it flies within the face of all the pieces George created within the mythology. We’re not inflexible about it. It is definitely open for dialogue on a regular basis. However that is a fairly vital tenet within the mythology of the Jedi that we would be reluctant to mess with.”

Kennedy does appear amicable about messing with Star Wars as a complete although. She mentioned particularly that “we’re transferring on from the Skywalker saga. That is what’s taking a number of time, dialogue, and thought proper now,” and appears at one mission specifically as an excellent goalpost of what is attainable.

,[The Acolyte] is a little bit of an experiment for us as a result of it is not constructing inside the timeline and the period that Jon and Dave are,” Kennedy mentioned. “It is not essentially going to be the place options are. We’re transferring into a brand new period with what [showrunner] Leslye Headland is doing.” She admits that publishing, akin to The Excessive Republic books The Acolyte will contact up upon, are a testing floor for what tales followers actually reply too. But in addition admits that conventional shops won’t be the one place followers discover essential Star Wars tales sooner or later.

“As we take a look at the place Star Wars goes, we do not simply assume it is solely going to be on tv and in film theaters,” she mentioned. “That is one other evolution we’re having a number of dialog round.” Head over to Vainness Honest to learn extra of Kennedy’s dialog, together with speak about Obi-Wan Kenobirecasting main characters, and extra.


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