The release of the latest Star Wars movie, “The Rise of Skywalker,” left many fans wondering if it was truly the end of the franchise. After all, it was marketed as the conclusion to the Skywalker saga that has spanned over 40 years.
But is this really the last we will see of Star Wars on the big screen? Let’s take a closer look.
What We Know So Far
Disney, who now owns Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, has been relatively tight-lipped about their future plans for the series. However, there have been some hints dropped by various individuals involved in the production.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy stated that they are currently mapping out a plan for where they want to take Star Wars in future movies. She also mentioned that they are looking at different time periods and characters beyond what we’ve seen before.
Additionally, Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, revealed in his memoir “The Ride of a Lifetime” that there will be a “hiatus” on Star Wars movies following “The Rise of Skywalker.” However, he did go on to say that there will be more movies in the future and that they have an “incredible creative team” working on them.
What Could Be Next?
With no official announcements from Disney or Lucasfilm yet, all we can do is speculate on what could potentially happen next in the Star Wars universe. Here are a few possibilities:
- The Old Republic: This time period takes place thousands of years before the events of the Skywalker saga and would offer an opportunity to explore new characters and storylines.
- The High Republic: This is another unexplored time period set around 400 years before The Phantom Menace. It would allow for new Jedi characters and villains to be introduced.
- Spin-Offs: With the success of “Rogue One” and “Solo,” it’s possible that Disney could continue to release movies that focus on individual characters from the Star Wars universe.
The Future of Star Wars
While we don’t know for sure what’s next for Star Wars, it’s safe to say that the franchise is far from over. With Disney+ launching their original series “The Mandalorian” and announcing several other Star Wars shows, including one centered around Obi-Wan Kenobi, it’s clear that they plan to continue exploring this universe in various forms of media.
So was “The Rise of Skywalker” truly the last Star Wars movie? No, not by a long shot.
While there may be a brief hiatus on theatrical releases, there is no doubt that we will see more movies in the future. The question is just when and where they will take us next.
In conclusion, while “The Rise of Skywalker” marked the end of the Skywalker saga, it certainly doesn’t mean the end of Star Wars as a whole. With new time periods, characters, and storylines to explore, there are endless possibilities for where this franchise can go next. So buckle up and get ready for more adventures in a galaxy far, far away.