After Solo: A Star Wars Story failed to make a splash at the box office, Lucasfilm learned a valuable lesson about the Star Wars franchise and how to deal with any and all future projects.
At Star Wars Celebration, MTV News interviewed Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy to discuss the futuer of the franchise following Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
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"Right now I have no idea where things might fall, but we have to be careful that there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn't start to feel like too much," she said. "We don't have a crystal ball, you know. We tried a little bit with Solo to see if we could do two movies a year and whether or not there was really an opportunity for that and we felt that's not going to work. So we backed off that a little bit. But it doesn't mean we don't think about lots of different stories because that's the exciting thing about this universe."
Solo, in part due to an inflated budget and underwhelming box office, performed abysmally by Star Wars standards. Many fans speculated that Lucasfilm would change its future slate of films as a result, and it would appear they're correct.
"We're using this appropriate time as an opportunity to see where we're going now that we're leaving The Skywalker Saga behind," Kennedy continued. "But there's no question that there's certain characters that we've created -- certainly in the last three movies -- that we may very well wanna see down the line in the future."
"We also have huge opportunities with Disney+ now to be able to look at that space and find perhaps even smaller stories, grittier stories, and yet Mandalorian...has huge scope and scale," she added. "So we're just excited about what the potential is for the kind of things that we can do."
Kennedy also assured there are several female directors and writers involved in The Mandalorian and that female directors will work on Star Wars films once the future of the franchise is ironed out.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkerstars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives December 20.