Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy On Delay Of Rian Johnson’s ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

So as I noted in the earlier post on the future of Star Wars on the small screen, there isn’t much happening in the realm of movies. But as quiet as it has been, it’s not a totally barren wasteland. There are projects cooking up, althogh one that fans have been excited over a long time is perhaps further away than they’d like.

So, you remember that supposed trilogy from The Last Jedi and Knives Out director Rian Johnson? Well, you’re gonna be waiting a while for that one. Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy said as much in the recent Vanity Fair article, although to me it sounds like Johnson’s films are toast…

“Rian has been unbelievably busy with ‘Knives Out’ and the deal that he made at Netflix for multiple movies. I hesitate to use the word trilogies anymore because Star Wars is much more about persistent storytelling.”  Kennedy continued, “Anyone who comes into the Star Wars universe needs to know that it’s a three-, four-, five-year commitment,” she said. “That’s what it takes. You can’t step in for a year and shoot something and then walk away…. It requires that kind of nurturing.”

Right. And Johnson inked that multi-film deal with Netflix after the Star Wars thing was well-known, so it wasn’t going anywhere anyway. To me, it sounds like Kennedy is trying not to upset anybody by just saying Johnson’s movies aren’t happening, so she’s laying out hope they could happen in the far off future.

But what Kennedy said about the time commitment is interesting, because it probably also applies to Patty Jenkins. Her Rogue Squadron film was put on indefinite hiatus due to “creative differences” but timing is probably the biggest culprit as Jenkins also has Wonder Woman 3 coming up.

So what do fans have to look forward to? Well, there’s still Taika Waititi’s movie, which is being penned by 1917 scribe Krysty Wilson-Cairns. I mean, it ain’t dead or anything, so it’s basically the last one standing until Waititi decides he wants to do Thor 5 or Akira or some new TV show first.

Travis Hopson
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