From the day Disney made the deal to acquire Lucasfilm from the creator, George Lucas, we all knew the studio had big plans to not only bring back, but the expand the galaxy of Star Wars. Not just saga films, but spinoffs, TV shows, and Marvel comics that all went under the new umbrella of canon. And to their credit, they got it done quick. Think of this, just 5 years have passed since the purchase of Lucasfilm and the studio is about to release their third Star Wars film, not to mention three seasons of Star Wars Rebels and the already endless list of comics and books. How much longer can this pump keep pumping? According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, a decade.
Being the man behind the studio that shows no absolute sign of slowing down, it comes to no surprise that Iger is asked questions like these on a regular basis. But for the first time, he gave a real update on what the future holds for Star Wars:
“We’re just starting to talk about what happens to Star Wars after [Episode] 9. It’s way too early, and certainly nothing that I can reveal, but we’ve got a creative team actually thinking about what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories. It’s kind of mind-blowing to spend an afternoon with a creative team talking about that. Where could you go, where should we go?”
(Note: this story was first reported on back in late March). Okay, so Iger didn’t exactly say, “there will be Star Wars movies for the next 15 years.” But is that really something that can be argued? It’s really not hard to believe that this franchise can keep chugging along for that long. Look at the other major property Disney has under their belt: Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The MCU just hit their 9 year anniversary not too long ago and that definitely shows no signs of slowing down. So why not Star Wars?
Now being the Star Wars junky that I am, this gets me all kinds of giddy. I’m capable of sucking in anything and everything Star Wars. But, I also wouldn’t mind a short break. What do I mean? Well unlike the MCU where their universe operates on two fronts, standalone films and ensemble pieces, Star Wars is one continues chain of films. Sure, there are now spinoff movies, but those don’t have an impact on the single story taking place in the saga movies. The MCU can keep going and going and going with no stop because it’s a different story each time a character takes the screen. While in no way am I saying Star Wars can’t do that, the saga films is considered the “Skywalker story,” meaning it’s one single story.
But what did I mean by a break? Well, consider this. We watch The Last Jedi this December then Episode IX in 2019, and unlike the original and prequel trilogies, it doesn’t exactly wrap up the story and characters. Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, and others are still there, ready to keep going. But rather than immediately pick back up, what if we wait a few years? What if Lucasfilm stepped back, let the actors age a bit (which gives the story a solid time gap) and then pick back up maybe 4-6 years down the road? Not only would that give Disney and Lucasfilm plenty of time to create some awesome new spinoffs, but it would gets fans everywhere excited again to see the return of the main Star Wars movies.
I know, I know. It’ll probably never happen, which I’m totally cool with! I’m a Star Wars nerd, I live within the galaxy far, far away. So as much Star Wars as we have now, I’m loving life. But I’m also not against the idea. Just because the main movies stop for a bit, that doesn’t take away from the insane amount of other Star Wars properties we have. Either way, Bob Iger’s comments get me excited. It means Lucasfilm has some big plans ahead for the “forever franchise,” which is definitely something I can’t not love.
What do you think? Do you want at least another decade and a half of Star Wars? What about my idea of a little break? Could it actually happen? What new Star Wars story do you want to see? Sound off in the comments below and don’t forget to check out our all Star Wars podcast, The Padawan Podcast.