The other day, Disney head Bob Iger revealed to Blomberg that they were planning on taking a hiatus with the Star Wars films. This has now been echoed by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy while speaking with EntertainmentWeekly, giving a little more context to why they are expecting to hold off releasing Star Wars films for the next couple years.
This could mean no Star Wars movies in 2020-2021.
“We’re going to take a hiatus for a couple of years,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy tells EW. “And we’re taking the time to really look at where this is going from the standpoint of a saga.”
“We’re not just looking at what the next three movies might be, or talking about this in terms of a trilogy. We’re looking at: What is the next decade of storytelling?”
Kennedy also revealed that Rian Johnson, Dan Weiss, and David Benioff are working together, which may explain why they’re all coming together for next month’s Star Wars summit to plan out the next wave of movies. I’m a little curious if both of their movies will take place within the same timeline, which could explain the team-up.
Not all projects are being canceled. A new series of movies fromThe Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson are still part of the plan, as are new films from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
In fact, she revealed they are working in tandem. “As they finish Game of Thrones, they’re going to segue into Star Wars,” Kennedy said. “They’re working very closely with Rian.”
Kathleen also seemingly is extremely open to the idea of pivoting the timeline for future films to the past saying “that’s absolutely on the horizon”, which may indeed support the idea these new movies may take place during the era of The Old Republic.
It’ll still be a galaxy far, far away, but the new tales may be set an even longer time ago.
“Yes, absolutely. I think that that’s absolutely on the horizon,” she said. “We’re looking at whether we can move massively in one direction of the other. It’s still Star Wars, and holding on to the DNA of what George created is still very important to us.”
“I think this is a huge opportunity to step into the galaxy in a little bit different part of the timeline,” Kennedy added.
As much as fans might be upset that the Skywalker Saga is ending with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, shifting the timeline towards eras like The Old Republic allows filmmakers to get under the shadow of George Lucas’ movies and allow them some creative freedom to craft new stories/characters.
The Old Republic would also allow them to tackle things like the Sith Empire, moving towards epic battles between armies of Sith and Jedi, rather than clones and droids. Given that this would take place before Order 66 and The Rule of Two, allowing larger factions of the light/dark sides of the force rather than having them sprinkled into the story.
Tim Miller’s Blur did a fantastic job on the cinematic trailers for the recent Old Republic video games Knights of The Eternal Throne and Knights of The Fallen Empire.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set for release on December 20th.
SOURCE: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY