In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, Kathleen Kennedy talks about Rogue One and the future of Star Wars movies.
About Rogue One, Kennedy once again mentions that it’s almost certain that there won’t be an opening crawl. It’s something Gareth Edwards and Kathleen Kennedy already mentioned during interviews at the Star Wars Celebration Europe in July.
“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.”
They also tease about the soundtrack for RO which is composed by Michael Giacchino. It will be mostly original but it will include slight homage to John Williams’s score of the Episode movies.
The most interesting thing is what Kennedy mentions about the future of Star Wars movies, will it be only anthology movies after Episode IX or is there something more?
“That’s a conversation going on right now, too, 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.”
Lucasfilm is waiting to see Rogue One‘s performance to figure out about the other movies. Kennedy explains that in January is planning to meet to decide what’s next. Who? The story team, the team at ILM doing the special effects and the people who have done Rogue One, The Force Awakens and Episode VIII. It’s like a group sharing ideas.
“There are [possible movies] that we have been talking a lot about. But 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? The story team and the trust, and the visual effects team that we have been working with. We always pull in the directors and the writers that have been a part of these other three movies. We create pretty much a very collegiate group of people to share ideas.”
Kennedy also talks again about George’s ideas. As we already knew the idea of anthology movies came directly from George Lucas. Something interesting here is that until now we thought that the Han Solo movie was his idea as it was reported but it turns out that it isn’t according to Kennedy.
“George talked to me about doing this when I first came aboard,He had often thought about doing it and he had actually written down three or four thoughts and ideas, directions you could go. Obviously inside the mythology there were lots of opportunities. So that was the first conversation I had […] We certainly talked about origin type stories, but we didn’t get into the specifics of that. We talked a lot about the Jedi and the foundational ideas that George had thought about when he created the mythology. It was sort of spit-balling ideas.”