The 'Star Wars' Franchise Could Go on 'Forever'

Wired offers a lengthy and fascinating look behind the scenes of the big-screen revival of "Star Wars" that avoids any spoilers for "The Force Awakens" while laying out, in the broadest of strokes, the future of the franchise. The article's headline cuts to the chase, declaring: "You Won't Live to See the Final 'Star Wars' Movie."

Of course, no one thought for a minute that the new trilogy and the three standalone films were the end of Disney's plans; after all, the entertainment giant didn't shell out $4.1 billion for Lucasfilm to abandon "Star Wars" after 2020 or so. However, the intent is to deliver a lot more "Star Wars," well beyond Episode IX and that Boba Fett movie.

"The company intends to put out a new 'Star Wars' movie every year for as long as people will buy tickets," writes Wired's Adam Rogers. "Let me put it another way: If everything works out for Disney, and if you are (like me) old enough to have been conscious for the first 'Star Wars' film, you will probably not live to see the last one. It’s the forever franchise."

He draws a parallel between Lucasfilm's approach and that of its Disney sibling Marvel (both its publishing and film divisions), with a sprawling, dynamic cinematic universe that can "extend for 10,000 years forward," or, in the case of "Rogue One," reach back to just before the events of "A New Hope."

“'Star Wars' is its own genre,”says writer Lawrence Kasdan, whose credits include "The Empire Strikes Back, "Return of the Jedi" and "The Force Awakens." “Like all genre, it can hold a million different kinds of artists and stories. They say ‘Buddha is what you do to it.’ And that’s 'Star Wars.' It can be anything you want it to be.”

That next "anything," J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," opens Dec. 18 in North America.

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