Lucasfilm is working on new Star Wars films that will take place not as long ago in a galaxy far, far away according to an update shared by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. The studio is looking to move past the ‘Skywalker Saga’ (Episodes 1-9) and explore the evolution of the Star Wars Universe outside of the standard timeline for the previously released films and shows.
Just in time for the 2022 Star Wars Celebration, Kathleen Kennedy shared with Empire Magazine, “We’re moving further beyond the existing sequels as we look to our movie space. [The sequel era] is what we talk a lot about in terms of where we’re going with our movies, and just how far out from that we’ll go. That’s very much the space we’re concentrating on.”
Previously, Kennedy had shared the studio would be moving before and beyond George Lucas’ initial Star Wars Timeline, telling Vanity Fair, “Just staying within the construct of [George Lucas’] storytelling, to keep chipping away at that, I think would be wrong. It’s our job to step away now, but still have a connection to the mythology that George created. That won’t stop. But we are moving on from the Skywalker saga. That’s what’s taking a lot of time, discussion, and thought right now.”
Though Rian Johnson’s Film Trilogy has been shelved, Lucasfilm is still developing Patty Jenkins’ Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, as well as untitled movie projects from filmmakers Taika Waititi, Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
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