Today Disney is showing off the first 20 minutes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and a lot of interesting things have been said about the future of Star Wars. It sounds like there are a lot of paths open to Lucasfilm and how Rogue One performs will set the tone for the future and how far they can break the established tone of Star Wars.
Here’s a tweet from Diego Luna about one of the previews happening today.
Hoy hay un fan event de #RogueOne y quiero invitarlos. Podrán ver los primeros 20 min aquí en CDMX. Tengo 6 boletos para darles a la 1 PM!!
— diego luna (@diegoluna_) November 22, 2016
Today there is a #RogueOne fan event and I want to invite you. You can see the first 20 mins here at CDMX. I have 6 tickets to give them at 1 PM !!
“This moves closer to a heist or Western type feel,” says Kennedy. “We’ve talked about [Frederic] Remington and those primary colors that are used in his paintings defining the look and feel of the film.”
Kennedy then goes on to say that they’re looking at women to direct future Star Wars films but she wants to make sure they’re set up for success and the timing is right for the future director:
“We want to make sure that when we bring a female director in to do “Star Wars,” they’re set up for success,” says Kennedy. “They’re gigantic films, and you can’t come into them with essentially no experience.”
Kennedy says that because there haven’t been many opportunities for women to direct big movies, the Lucasfilm team is trying to identify talented helmers at the early stages of their careers. “We want to really start to focus in on people we would love to work with and see what kinds of things they’re doing to progress up that ladder now, and then pull them in when the time is right.”
After the release of the new film, the Star Wars braintrust will map out the further reaches of the galaxy. Among the titles that have been considered is a Boba Fett/bounty hunter movie that director Josh Trank was hired to make before he dropped out following the troubled production of his Fantastic Four reboot. It came so close to being officially announced, Lucasfilm even prepped a teaser reel to show at Star Wars Celebration in spring of 2015, sources tell EW. At the last minute, the split with Trank backburnered the project.
The question now is if the Boba Fett film is scrapped or if the rumors regarding a new spinoff are accurate? There have been tons of rumors of sit-downs for future films with some really interesting people but there really haven’t been any confirmations on that front. Kennedy says they will decide in 2017 where to go next:
But we are planning to sit down in January, since we will have had The Force Awakens released, now Rogue One, and we’ve finished shooting Episode VIII. We have enough information where we can step back a little bit and say, What are we doing? What do we feel is exciting? And what are some of the things we want to explore?”
Kennedy mentions that they can do standalone films for the entirety of the future of the franchise but she makes it sound like they are looking at their options for more Star Wars episodes and things like that after the current saga wraps up. I imagine we will hear those details at Celebration 2017 in Orlando.