Kathleen Kennedy says more streamlined singular stories may be the route Star Wars franchise is headed next.
Much of the press run about the upcoming finale of the 'Skywalker' saga in the form of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' was about the uncertain future of the Star Wars franchise after the release of the movie. 'Star Wars' franchise is facing an uncertain future in the coming years with most of the announced movies and directors either leaving or currently working in different projects.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the final Skywalker saga movie, releasing on 20 December 2019. Source: IMDb
Rian Johnson is also said to be getting ready to create his own trilogy of Star Wars movies but to this point those movie will probably never see the light of day. The director talked about the possibility of making the movie but we are not so confident about whether Disney will allow the director to make a trilogy.
Kathleen Kennedy said they are looking to tell more concentrated stories in future of the Star Wars franchise. Source: Deadline
In a most recent interview Kathleen was asked about where the whole franchise is headed next, as usual there was an ambiguous message but then she said they are hoping for more standalone film than a full-blown trilogy. The idea is a decent one and if the standalone is a success then it can be expanded further into other stories, which is nice way to go.
Kennedy said about the possibility of more solo movie than trilogy, “I think it gives us a more open-ended view of storytelling and doesn't lock us into this three-act structure. We're not going to have some finite number and fit it into a box. We're really going to let the story dictate that.”
Watch: The trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One
In a way it is a good idea to condense and compact a whole story into one singular movie, it gives the director a singular focus of how to approach the character without worrying about building for the future. Also, the whole idea will be more like Rogue One where the name of the characters were so complicated, you knew not to get attached.
'Rogue One' worked on the level of delivering a story and a heartbreaking and heartwarming ending at the same time. When the viewing audience needs to wait a year or two for the broached plot points to be resolved then that’s when the audience fatigue comes into play. People are turning away from the 'Star Wars' franchise and they need more condensed story so audiences can get a wholesome 'Star Wars' movie without worrying about a long commitment.
Watch: The trailer for the Disney+ series The Mandalorian
This is where the movie wing of Lucasfilm needs to learn from what is going on with the TV side on Disney+. 'The Mandalorian' is taken to heart by the fans because every episode is one compact story, there is a separate plot on the slow burner but every episode deals with the different aspects of the characters 'Mando'encounters.
Going the route of 'The Mandalorian' is a fine way to start the new phase of the 'Star Wars' franchise. Attention spans of the audiences is shrinking and the current climate is more about “what have you done for me lately?” culture which is why singular stories will do the franchise good than committing to trilogies.
Watch: The trailer for the final Skywalker saga movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
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