Just weeks out from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy popped up on the latest episode of The Star Wars Show to discuss working with the Star Wars Story Group and how they’re shaping the future of the franchise beyond J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX” in 2019.
Kennedy, who also teased that the conclusion of the animated “Star Wars Rebels” will lead to new things on that front, says plans are being laid out now for where the franchise will go:
“We’re sitting down now, we’re talking about the next ten years of Star Wars stories and we’re looking at narrativly where that might go; future stories beyond Episode 9, with these new characters, Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8, but we’re also looking at working with people that are interested in coming into the Star Wars world and taking us to places that we haven’t been yet, and that’s exciting too because it’s a vast galaxy far, far away… The possibilities are endless.”
She also took the time to compliment ‘Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson, one of the few helmers who has shown an innate ability to not only offer strong filmmaking but also work with Kennedy and Lucasfilm without issue:
“Rian Johnson… I don’t have enough accolades to say about him. He just had an amazingly good time every single day. He’s such a huge fan and I think he’s done an exceptional job of taking these new characters and some of the legacy characters and moving us to this next place. And I think there’ll be some surprises that people aren’t expecting. That’s what I think he’s brought to this. He just has such an incredibly fertile imagination. There’s a brief little moment in The Last Jedi where there’s a little Porg and then there’s a little baby Porg next to the Porg… it doesn’t get better than that.”
Reports have swirled about further ‘A Star Wars Story’ films on the way, most notably a Stephen Daldry-directed Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off, but nothing is confirmed at this point.