What’s Next for ‘Star Wars’? Kathleen Kennedy Has a Lot of Diverse Ideas!

What's Next for 'Star Wars'? Kathleen Kennedy Has a Lot of Diverse Ideas!

Despite all the changes and shifts that happened in Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy has managed to “survive” as the president of the company and she is still running the Star Wars franchise in collaboration with Disney, despite many negative comments on her work, as well as some of the recent Star Wars projects. And while Kennedy is certainly responsible for a lot of the franchise’s successes, she has also been blamed for a lot of the failures.

Regardless of what you think of Kennedy and her way of running things, she is still in charge of the franchise and is one of the most important people when it comes to the future of Star Wars. This is why her opinion on the matter matters, which is, as you’ve probably deduced, going to be the principal focus of this report.

In it, we are going to reveal what Kennedy said about the future of Star Wars and how she sees it now that Lucas’ original idea has been made (although probably not in the way that Lucas intended it), especially in light of so many new series that are expanding the fictional universe originally created by Lucas.

In an interview for The Wrap, Kennedy discussed the future of the Star Wars franchise ahead of the changes in the post-Lucas era, revealing the following information about the future projects and Lucas’ legacy:

At the end of last year, when “The Rise of Skywalker” came out, you said you wanted to take time out to think about where the franchise is going from there. Are you still doing that? 

Oh yeah. It’s an ever-evolving process. You know, when I personally came into this, George had already been having conversations with his previous actors, Carrie (Fisher) and Harrison (Ford) and Mark (Hamill) — there was a saga that the fans loved and he never finished. He always talked about doing nine movies and he was ready to complete that. And so our focus had been from the beginning on finishing that saga.

And now we’re stepping back. Stories have been told within this universe over the last 40-odd years, and there’s now the realization that this is a mythology that actually spans about 25,000 years, when you really start to look at all the different stories that have been told, whether it’s in books and games. We just need the time to step back and really absorb what George has created, and then start to think about where things might go.

That’s what we’ve been doing, and we’ve been having a great deal of fun doing it, and meeting with lots of different filmmakers and talent. There’s so many fans out there and so many filmmakers that have been influenced by “Star Wars” for so long that it’s a fantastic opportunity to get a sense of who wants to be a part of this. So that’s what we’ve been doing. 

The lines between film and television are obviously blurring now, but do you think that television is very important to the future of the franchise? 

I do. And I’ve already seen evidence of it. The ability to be very character-driven, with extended storytelling and connected storytelling, I think this space offers us a great opportunity to do that.

Source: The Wrap

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