Just yesterday we learned that a few moments at the very least of Star Wars: Rogue One will be shot in 6k. Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: Episode VIII, has discussed a little bit about his Star Wars with his Twitter followers about shooting on film for VIII:
When asked about the possibility of some IMAX footage, Johnson responded:
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 10, 2015
Disney recently made a deal with IMAX that made it appear the next few Avengers films and the next few Star Wars films would feature IMAX sequences.
Back on April 8th Variety wrote:
The multi-picture deal begins this year and extends through 2017, and includes such hotly-anticipated films as the seventh “Star Wars” picture and the stand-alone film “Rogue One,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Doctor Strange” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.”
With the deal extending into 2017, Star Wars: Episode VIII might just be at the tail end of the agreement.
For look and feel reasons, I would prefer this trilogy to look somewhat consistent. Such changes can give each film its own look and feel which isn’t always good or bad, just different. The prequels had the privilege of depicting the Republic in various eras that made it easy to excuse the films looking so drastically differently from picture to picture. I presume the sequel trilogy will take place in a specific era free of large time gaps like the prequels and some consistency might be good. Visually, Rian Johnson kicks serious ass though, so anything he does is going to look beautiful (just look at any of his previous films).