It’s time to pause and take a look at what we’ve got, regarding the future of Star Wars. So far there’s been a trilogy everybody loves, a trilogy everybody hates, and a trilogy everybody has mixed opinions on and can’t agree which installment is the worst of. I don’t think it’s arguable that episodes seven through nine were rushed; the proof is not just in the timetable but the result.
If you ask Lucasfilm though, they seem to feel their biggest mistake was the one-offs meant to fill time between the new trilogy’s installments. This is based on Solo tanking at the box office, but Rogue One wasn’t that bad. Nevertheless, after Solo, Kathleen Kennedy slammed the door shut on all future singular Star Wars tales, and several in development were cancelled.
Bot now it sounds like she’s ready to try it again. Famed director Taika Waititi, the one behind Thor Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit, has been hired to direct a Star Wars movie. That is all the company revealed today; we know nothing of its plot or who it centers around. All we’re sure of is that they’re giving the one-offs another go, and they feel the guy whose name sounds like a Star Wars character already is a safe bet.
That wasn’t everything Star Warsian revealed today. Lucasfilm also announced another Star Wars TV series in development, and again revealed nothing but the showrunner: Leslye Headland, previously responsible for Netflix’s Russian Doll.
These two projects join a wide variety of already-announced Star Wars shows and movies, not all of which may make it to screens big or small. It depends on if Waititi and Headland please Emperor Kennedy.