Rian Johnson’s ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Delayed But Still Happening; Taika Waititi’s Film Likely First to Release

Vanity Fair recently did a huge article on the future of Star Wars and there were plenty of interesting tidbits revealed within the text.

For starters, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy explained why there hasn’t been a new Star Wars film since 2019. The answer: because they finally realized releasing a new blockbuster every single year was ridiculous. Here’s what she said:

“We all recognized, every single one of us, that this was a new chapter for the company and that we needed to all work together to create the architecture for where we were going. Anyone who comes into the Star Wars universe needs to know that it’s a three-, four-, five-year commitment. That’s what it takes. You can’t step in for a year and shoot something and then walk away…. It requires that kind of nurturing.”

Huh, it’s almost as if George Lucas knew this from the start, choosing to only release a new Star Wars film every 3 years. C’mon, Kennedy, stop playing mind games with us.

So, what’s the next Star Wars film currently coming down the pipeline? Well, apparently Taika Waititi‘s mystery Star Wars film is the furthest along in development. Kevin Feige‘s Star Wars film is still in the early stages of development while Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron seems unlikely to happen anytime soon (if at all).

But wait, wasn’t Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, set to write and direct a trilogy of films? Good memory! He was and technically still is set to develop his own corner of the Star Wars galaxy. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately depending on how you view The Last Jedi), Johnson is a bit busy with his Knives Out films.

Kennedy clarified Johnson’s involvement in Star Wars:

“Rian has been unbelievably busy with Knives Out and the deal that he made at Netflix for multiple movies.”

Honestly, I’d rather get three more Knives Out murder mysteries with Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc than I would three more Star Wars movies from Johnson (and I like The Last Jedi!). Although, I do like that Johnson’s film would be introducing new characters to the galaxy far, far away that aren’t tied to the Skywalker Saga.

There are no Star Wars films dated for release at the moment.

Which Star Wars film project are you most interested in seeing in theaters? Does anyone think any of these films will actually get made? Will they be left in development hell? Tell us your thoughts down in the comments!

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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