This weekend at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis caught up with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy - who was more than willing to praise director Rian Johnson for his work on this December's Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
"Part of it is Rian Johnson; I love his talent [and] his commitment to these stories, and his understanding of the mythology that George created," Kennedy said when we asked how The Last Jedi pushes the series forward in new directions. "It’s really something that I think you’ll see that he takes these characters [and] develops their complexities. He’s not afraid to try things that move this into a more complex universe, and I think that’s great. I think that’s what [Star Wars] needs."
She then went on to discuss the future of the Star Wars franchise beyond Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars: Episode IX and the possibility of the Skywalker saga continuing past that film.
"I certainly foresee movies past nine," she said. “Whether or not we carry on the Skywalker saga… you know, George always intended nine movies, and whether we continue that or not is something we’re talking about right now. If the story warrants it, we’ll absolutely do it. If it actually inspires new ideas, then we’ll probably head in that direction. We just don’t know yet."
Kennedy wrapped things up by saying that announcements regarding the next batch of Star Wars movies are coming, but fans will have to wait.
"I wouldn’t say this year, but certainly by next year."
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theatres on December 15th.
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