Star Wars the Future

Star Wars the Future

Star Wars the Future


I have to admit, I'm more of a Star Wars fan when it comes to movies than I am arcades. But starting with the release of their first game, Star Wars: Battlefront, they quickly turned me into a casual player of the games. The Star Wars games played to this nostalgia and created a sense of authenticity by closely adhering to the original works of George Lucas.


The Rise of Skywalker was the last film released, in 2019. It chronicled the fall of the series' overarching villain, Emperor Palpatine, wrapping its main Skywalker saga with no member of the Skywalker bloodline still alive by the end. Now, Lucasfilm is in the midst of a four-year hiatus from Star Wars movies. The franchise returns in December 2023 with Patty Jenkins' Rogue Squadron, a fighter pilot film set to "move the saga into the future era of the galaxy." Plot details are under wraps, though the "future era" description could suggest it's set after The Rise of Skywalker, rather than continuing the franchise's trend of making prequels. But Rogue Squadron is said to revolve around a "new generation" of pilots, and it's notably not billed as a 10th episode. In fact, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has said Star Wars will move beyond its familiar three-film structure, so it's possible this could be more of a one-off featuring all new characters and not necessarily the start of a new main trilogy. But this is by no means the only film in development.

Disney sees streaming as vital to its future and needs consistent content from its biggest brands to grow subscriptions. But The Mandalorian has also been one of the most well-received recent Star Wars projects, so Disney is striking while the iron is hot. Disney+ also allows Lucasfilm to explore standalone Star Wars stories without each being expected to gross $1 billion at the box office. Several of the shows are set to receive only one season, so they can be viewed as an evolution of Disney's previous strategy to release spin-off films like Solo in between "main" installments. Indeed, the Boba Fett and Obi-Wan shows were originally discussed as movies before Solo disappointed. (Source: theweek.com)


A new animated feature will blend traditional Star Wars animation with epic visual effects from Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic division in A Droid Story. Set to premiere on Disney+, the film will introduce a new hero guided by the iconic duo of R2-D2 and C-3PO "on a mission known only to them."

Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi is directing one upcoming Star Wars movie, while Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is producing a mysterious film written by Loki creator Michael Waldron, and Sleight director J.D. Dillard was hired for a film in 2020. An entire trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was also announced in 2017, promising fresh stories separate from the Skywalker saga. But some of Johnson's storytelling decisions in The Last Jedi proved controversial, casting doubt on whether the new trilogy will go ahead. (Source: theweek.com)



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