The producers and directors, that is!
By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
You would think that after spending $4 billion dollars to purchase Lucasfilm for its lucrative Star Wars franchise and commissioning a new trilogy in 2012, Disney would have figured out exactly how the trilogy would end.
According to an interview with The LA Times, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan revealed not much was thought about in regards to the next two chapters. He was asked if he, along with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director/co-writer JJ Abrams, had plotted out the next two chapters:
“Not really. [‘The Force Awakens’] sets up a lot of stuff. There’s a lot of people to deal with. And Rian [Johnson] took on that job [of directing Ep. VIII] and he’s going to change it, because he’s Rian. And I’m sure Colin [Trevorrow, director of Ep. IX] will change what Rian does…. These movies will all be so different. Rian is a friend of mine — he’s going to make some weird thing. If you’ve seen Rian’s work, you know it’s not going be like anything that’s ever been in ‘Star Wars.'”
I expected this to be the case. Despite George Lucas’ comments that he planned the original Star Wars trilogy from the beginning, it was a pretty vague outline that didn’t include Leia being Luke’s sister, Darth Vader being his father, or even the Emperor being Force-sensitive. He even cribbed the ending of the original story for A New Hope, which is why there were two Death Stars.
This is not to say that no thought was spent on how the series will end, however. Kasdan reveals that discussions about the end of the trilogy did take place:
“We talked about [the ending] — and there’s a certain thing that people who are involved with it feel should happen. There’s a kind of movement that happens. But it’s not in your control. It’s going to veer off with Rian, and it’s going to veer off another way with Colin.”
This approach Kasdan is talking about is probably the best way to make an exciting trilogy. Some of the broad strokes are already in play, but it also gives incoming director Rian Johnson room to play around with, and even change certain elements.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has only been in theaters for a week (and has grossed an outstanding $363.46 million in North America, and $765.86 million worldwide, as of December 23, 2015), so it’s pretty early to start wondering how the trilogy will conclude. But I can’t help wonder what happens next.
Disney is committed to releasing a new Star Wars film every year, between saga films and spinoffs, but what happens when this trilogy ends in 2019? Will we get Star Wars: Episode X in 2021, and will it star John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac?
I can’t help wonder if the decision about how this trilogy ends will directly lead into a new trilogy. Personally, I wouldn’t mind it if they went off and did an unrelated trilogy of films set in the distant past ,like Knights of the Old Republic, before tackling Episodes X, XI, & XII. Then we can catch up to Rey, Finn and Poe a good decade or so after their last adventure.