Star Wars is one of the longest-running franchises of all time. Ever since it first showed up in 1977, it became a global phenomenon that counts millions of fans of all generations all over the world. After Disney purchased Lucasfilm and concluded the so-called Skywalker Saga with the sequel trilogy, The Star Wars franchise entered a new phase, a phase focused on spin-offs and separate stories of popular characters through the series of Disney+ shows.
Although there are a couple of movies in development, it’s obvious that Lucasfilm is enjoying the way they’re developing the franchise now, and while we’re waiting for another Star Wars adventure on the big screen, the president of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy says they want for the franchise to move away from the Skywalker saga.
“I think it is vital. Just staying within the construct of George’s storytelling, to keep chipping away at that, I think would be wrong. It’s our job to step away now, but still have a connection to the mythology that George created. That won’t stop. But we are moving on from the Skywalker saga. That’s what’s taking a lot of time, discussion, and thought right now.” — Kathleen Kennedy for Vanity Fair
With The Skywalker Saga concluded, it is expected that Lucasfilm will try to focus more on the anthology movies. They already made two of them — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story. While the former was very successful, and some even called it the best movie of Disney’s Star Wars era, Solo was a box office bomb that was met with mixed reviews. Currently, there is one upcoming movie confirmed to be in development — Rogue Squadron — directed by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
There are also a few more unspecified movies in development. One will be directed by Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi, who also worked on The Mandalorian series. Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is also developing an upcoming movie as a producer, and some recent reports are saying that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy isn’t a dead project after all.