STAR WARS: After Being Announced Five Years Ago, Rian Johnson's Planned Trilogy Is Now On The Backburner
We're not surprised by this in many ways, but in an update about Star Wars' big screen future, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that Rian Johnson's planned trilogy has been put on hold...
Between 2015 and 2019, Lucasfilm released Star Wars movies on a yearly basis. However, when both Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker disappointed, Disney appeared to put the franchise's big screen projects on hold and shifted focus to making content for Disney+ instead.
Thanks to the streaming service, we've so far had two seasons of The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and an array of animated projects like The Bad Batch and Star Wars: Visions.
Talking to Vanity Fair (via SFFGazette.com), Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy spoke about future plans for Star Wars on the silver screen. Asked about Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige's movie (which Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron recently confirmed he's working on), she responded: "I would love to see what movie he might come up with. But right now, no, there isn’t anything [specific]."
Uh, okay then. We're pretty sure Feige is working on a Star Wars movie, but with Rogue Squadron sidelined after a pricey hype video dropped during Disney's Investor Day in 2020, we're not surprised that Kennedy is being a tad vague. She did, however, confirm that Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson's planned trilogy is on the backburner. "Rian has been unbelievably busy with Knives Out and the deal that he made at Netflix for multiple movies."
"We have a road map," the excecutive noted, hinting that Taika Waititi and Krysty Wilson-Cairns' project is likely the first time we'll head back to this Galaxy Far, Far Away in theaters since 2019.
"I hesitate to use the word trilogies anymore because Star Wars is much more about persistent storytelling," Kennedy added, seemingly dialling back expectations for future movies when they are eventually announced. Instead, it's looking like the focus is being shifted to episodic storytelling on Disney+ for the time being, and that's definitely proven to be a success for the studio thus far.
Keep your eye on SFFGazette.com for all the latest on the future of Star Wars.