Will Star Wars: Episode IX Be the Final Episode?

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - 6:42PM
Star Wars
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - 6:42PM
Will Star Wars: Episode IX Be the Final Episode?
Next month, the first-ever non-episodic Star Wars film hits theaters when Rogue One debuts on December 16. And if it does well, we may be looking at a future without any more Star Wars episodes.

The first seven films in the franchise have all been linked as part of one big story, but with Lucasfilm now being owned by Disney and spinoffs being rushed into production, all bets are off the table as to what the future of Star Wars movies will look like. Speaking to EW, studio head Kathleen Kennedy said the following:
Opening quote
"I have to honestly tell you, could we [do nothing but stand-alones]? Sure. But I don't know. We are looking at all of that ... I think that that's exciting for fans. It's certainly exciting as a filmmaker, the notion that we can explore these stories that genuinely have a beginning, middle and an end, and don't necessarily have to tie into something specific."
Closing quote

Not only could the future of the Star Wars movie universe lack the interconnectivity of the current episodic structure, but beginning with Rogue One, they may also lack a number of details that fans have come to associate with Star Wars; such as the opening crawl and the iconic music. 
Opening quote
"More than likely we will not have a crawl. We feel that that is proprietary with the saga films. But how this evolves…? We haven't fully decided, and [traditional Star Wars elements] may be pretty spare for this first one ... 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?"
Closing quote

A lot of the franchise's future probably depends on how well Rogue One performs. If the movie is a big success, then it will prove that Star Wars can survive without the Skywalker saga and familiar characters. If not, then it may be back to the drawing board for Lucasfilm.
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