Star Wars movies have been on a roller coaster of release schedules since Disney purchased LucasFilm. It started off as a movie every two years with The Force Awakens. Then it went to a movie-a-year release schedule with movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Last Jedi back to back. Now, we haven’t had a Star Wars movie since 2019’s Rise of Skywalker. That should change, and comments made by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy back that up.
Speaking to Empire Magazine, Kennedy had this to say about the release schedule:
I’ve often brought up Bond. That’s every three or four years and there wasn’t this pressure to feel like you had to have a movie every year. I feel that was very important to Star Wars. We have to eventize this. It’s much better to tell the truth, that we’re going to make these movies when they’re ready to be made, and release them when they’re ready to be released.
This change to quality over quantity might mean that we have fewer Star Wars movies coming out; but it’ll mean better movies in the long run. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had problems making its films feel huge with multiple releases in a year. That’s something that Star Wars doesn’t have to worry about going forward.
The Future Of Star Wars Films
At Star Wars Celebration this year, we had huge announcements of new movies, including a film about the beginnings of the force from James Mangold, a New Republic-centered film from Dave Filoni, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy‘s film that sees the return of Daisy Ridley as Rey after the events of Rise of Skywalker.
Kennedy had more to say about that movie in the Empire Magazine piece.
What we’re exploring is the evolution of the Jedi. We’re going very far back, we’re looking at the present, and now we’re moving 15 years after The Rise of Skywalker. The First Order has fallen, the Jedi are in chaos — there’s even a question of how many exist anymore — and Rey’s building the New Jedi Order, based on the text that she was given and that Luke imparted on her.
There are also projects in line for Taika Waititi and television shows on Disney+ incoming. So, while we had a dark bit there for Star Wars movies, the future is bright.
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Source: Empire Magazine