It is believed that Kennedy will be finalising some “key decisions” about the direction of the franchise in the coming weeks, as she spoke about her plans to branch out and move away from the tried-and-tested trilogy format after the release of Episode IX.
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“I think it gives us a more open-ended view of storytelling and doesn’t lock us into this three-act structure,” she said. “We’re not going to have some finite number and fit it into a box. We’re really going to let the story dictate that.”
The report also claims that, while the Skywalker saga is coming to an end, Lucasfilm “won’t abandon the characters created in the most recent trilogy,” suggesting that several characters from the sequel series may appear in future Star Wars projects.Kennedy previously touched on the complexities of detaching from the original story to carve a new way forward for the franchise, as she admitted that it was an “incredible challenge” to determine the best story to develop next, despite a new Star Wars movie being on the decks for 2022.
“We’ve got various things we’re looking at and various ways in which we can begin or not,” she said. “You know, do you go back? Do you go forward? All those questions are being asked. Do we stay in this galaxy? Do we go to another? The universe is never-ending. The good news and the bad news. They have endless possibilities.”
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For now, though, fans have their sights firmly set on the forthcoming release of The Rise of Skywalker, which will hit theaters on December 20, 2019.
Before then, check out how much Episode IX is projected to make in its opening weekend, read about the impact of Luke Skywalker’s death post-The Last Jedi, and find out why the upcoming film gave J.J. Abrams newfound respect for George Lucas.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.