Kennedy On Indy 5, Long-Term “Star Wars” Plans

Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy has revealed in a new interview with THR that though the company has plans to continue the “Star Wars” film franchise for many years to come, the basic story outlines they’ve already planned only take them through Colin Trevorrow’s trilogy-capping “Star Wars: Episode IX” in 2019:

“We’ve thought this all through. The story group has put together a very carefully thought-through strategic plan for how we’re developing the stories and what those stories are and targeting filmmakers. We’ve looked at it up through, I would say, 2019, Episode IX.”

Kennedy says the slate was originally designed so that one film at a time, including the spin-offs, would get worked on with a break in between each. That plan got upended by delays during the script phase of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which has resulted in the subsequent two films overlapping a bit:

“Over the last almost five months now, I’ve been working on Rogue One, and then Episode VIII will start up at the end of January. This will be the only time that it’s really one right after the other because our whole slate got upended a little bit when J.J. and I needed to postpone [the release of] Episode VII from summer to Christmas.”

Kennedy was also asked about how the fifth film in the “Indiana Jones” series is progressing:

“We’re all trying to figure out when the right time is to step back in. Harrison really wants to do it; Steven really wants to do it. We’ve kicked around a couple of story ideas, but beyond that, I don’t know yet. I think there will be one, we’ll certainly move forward with Indy. But right now, everybody’s just focused on Star Wars.”

The full interview can be read here.