Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has shared her vision for the future of Star Wars on the big screen.
She emphasized the importance of creating “event” movies that feel like James Bond releases. Kennedy believes that this approach will eliminate the pressure to have a Star Wars movie every year.
While the company announced three new live-action Star Wars films at Star Wars Celebration in April, Kennedy has stated that there is no rush to have them ready by a specific date. She believes it is better to make the movies when they are ready and release them accordingly.
Kennedy’s Bond-like approach will give Star Wars fans something to look forward to while allowing the creators to take their time to craft quality films.
It also provides the opportunity to focus on developing the storylines and characters to ensure that each movie lives up to the expectations of audiences.
The upcoming films include James Mangold’s exploration of the dawn of the Jedi, Dave Filoni’s focus on the New Republic era, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s movie that centers around Daisy Ridley’s Rey.
According to Kennedy, the films will examine the evolution of the Jedi, exploring the past, present, and future of the Star Wars universe. The storylines will focus on Rey building the New Jedi Order and the state of the galaxy after the fall of the First Order.
These projects mark Star Wars’ return to the big screen after a multi-year hiatus. The last theatrical Star Wars release was 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker, which concluded The Skywalker Saga that began with the original Star Wars trilogy in the 1970s and 1980s.
While Star Wars’ future on the big screen may be less frequent, the franchise has pivoted to episodic storytelling on Disney+ with series such as The Mandalorian, Andor , and more.
With the recent first looks of The Acolyte, Skeleton Crew, and Ahsoka at Star Wars Celebration, the franchise’s expansion shows no signs of slowing down.