Lucasfilm’s Katherine Kennedy explains new Star Wars movie

Rey holds a blue lightsaber.

“We’re working from Skywalker’sAh,” said Lucasfilm president Kathryn Kennedy. So no Rey?
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Now TonSkywalker Saga It’s over, what is it? Yes A sort of star wars Movie?this is a problem Lucasfilm President Kathryn Kennedy already deal with every day for many years. Things are going pretty well on the streaming side. But what about in theaters? very few, Kennedy thinks this is mainly because these things take longer than many are ready to commit to.

“We’ve been very lucky with Jon Favreau and TV, he’s made a long-term commitment,” Kennedy said in a statement. Extended interview with Vanity Fair“I’d love to find someone who can make this kind of long-term commitment in terms of features. There are a couple of people that I’m very close to, we might get there, but now there’s so much competition, availability, exclusivity, these ideas [make it] difficult. “

Currently, Next star wars movie release schedule Yes Thieves Squadron From director Patty Jenkins.But Kennedy made it clear that special The movie doesn’t fit the future she and others see star wars, And it won’t be next.

“We have a roadmap,” she said. “I would say Taika [Waititi]The story is more in line with this. Thieves Squadron We were pushed aside for the time being. Patty is further developing the script. Then we’ll discuss how it connects to the central spine we’re studying.there’s a few [filmmakers] We’ve had conversations for quite some time now and I hope they’ll get involved and make Jon and Dave’s overall commitment [Filoni] achieved. Ideally, I’d like to see this in the functional space. “

Kennedy seems to Find a filmmaker who digs deep and is truly committed to the franchise. It could almost be one of Rian Johnson, who Kennedy said was the perfect example of the problem she found.

Rian is busy knife out And the deals he’s done at Netflix for multiple films,” she said. “I had a meeting with Rian; he was part of our little brainstorming discussion along the way. He remains very committed to what we are trying to do. He just literally doesn’t have the time to put in. This is what I have to say:anyone who enters star wars The universe needs to know that this is a three-year, four-year, five-year commitment. That’s all it needs. You can’t step in and shoot something and walk away in a year. It just doesn’t work that way. So it needs this kind of cultivation. “

It’s the kind of nurturing that didn’t happen in the sequel trilogy, with JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson discussing ideas back and forth between films. One of the ideas is the origin of Rey, Kennedy explained that while the character’s parents may have many options During the discussion, a popular rumor never made it to the table: Obi-Wan Kenobi.

“The bigger issue is talking about Obi-Wan as a Jedi Master, and issues of attachment and selflessness,” Kennedy said. “In order for Obi-Wan to have children, you’re really, really influencing the rules of the Jedi. What does that mean? If this is explored – of course a lot of ideas will be thrown – but in this regard with Obi-Wan Pretty much anything about Bewan is off the table because it goes against everything George created in mythology. We’re not rigid about it. Of course, it’s always been an open discussion. But it’s a very important thing in Jedi mythology The creed, we don’t want to mess around.”

Kennedy seems friendly confuse star wars But as a whole. In particular, she said: “We’re moving on from the Skywalker saga. That’s why a lot of time, discussion and thought is being spent right now,“And see a project in particular as a possible good target.

“[The Acolyte] It’s an experiment for us because it’s not built within the timeline and the era Jon and Dave were in,” Kennedy said. “It’s not necessarily where the function is.We are entering a new era [showrunner] Leslye Headland is doing it. ” She admits to publishing, such as High Republic books Acolyte Will touch and be a testing ground for stories that fans will actually respond to.But also acknowledges that traditional outlets may not be the only places fans think are crucial star wars future story.

“When we look where star wars It’s happening, and we’re not just assuming it’s just going to be on TV and movie theaters,” she said. “It’s another evolution of what we’re having a lot of conversations about. ” Go to Vanity Fair Read more of Kennedy’s talk, including talking about Obi-Wan Kenobirecast main characters and more.

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