The Star Wars franchise is the hottest it’s been in over three decades, but what does the future hold for the saga once Episode 9, the end of the new trilogy, hits in 2019? According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Star Wars could get rid of the ‘episode’ titles altogether and concentrate just on standalone anthology movies – like the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One and untitled Young Han Solo movie.
Speaking to EW, Kennedy explained the process going forward, “Could we [do nothing but standalones]? Sure. But I don’t know. We are looking at all of that.”
The release schedule for Star Wars is looking cloudy after 2019, a disturbance in the Force, perhaps, but things should become clearer post-Rogue One. “There are [possible movies] that we have been talking a lot about,” Kennedy teases, “We are planning to sit down in January… We have enough information where we can step back a little bit and say ‘What are we doing? What do we feel is exciting?’”
A few potential anthology ideas, including a standalone Obi Wan flick and a Boba Fett movie (so cruelly cancelled last year) have been rumoured for a while now – could we finally see them reach the big screen? And could they end up replacing the episodes entirely?
It sounds like Kennedy is more than ready for a huge shift in Star Wars’ immediate future: “It’s certainly exciting… the notion that we can explore these stories that genuinely have a beginning, middle and an end, and don’t necessarily have to tie into something specific.”
Is this the only way the Star Wars franchise can thrive in a post-MCU world, or would you prefer the series to stick to the episode format? Sound off in the comments below!