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What Does the Next Star Wars Trilogy Need to Be?

November 13, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Disney announced last week that it plans to release a brand-spanking-new Star Wars trilogy once the current one wraps up.

Different characters. Same signature crawl.

They didn’t give a release date set but a good guess is the movies will likely come out sometime after 2020. We did get word on who would be helming them and we better all like The Last Jedi because Rian Johnson, director of Episode VIII is the guy.

“Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce,” Disney’s statement said.

“As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud,” it said. “In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”

Johnson worked on the film with Bergman, as well as Rogue One producer Kathleen Kennedy.

“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.”

Kennedy added, “We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi … He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

The announcement of a new trilogy wasn’t a surprise as Disney will be mining the franchise as much as possible to make as much money as possible.

Another way they are doing this? Lucasfilm is planning on producing a live-action Star Wars TV series, which will be one of the highlights that will be found on Disney’s new, yet-to-be-released streaming service.

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the plans saying Star Wars would be one of several big-name properties to be featured on the platform.Other properties named as being planned for the new service? Monsters Inc., High School Musical, and Marvel.

Any bets on when Disney does a massive Star Wars/Marvel crossover? I’m calling it right now: They’ll have Chewbacca and Rocket Raccoon know each other, opening up the door for adventures.

Going back to the trilogy, with a promise of new characters, it opens the possibility that they’ll mine the great archives of Stars Wars lore, including material that is longer longer deemed canon.

What would you like to see in the next trilogy?

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