For the longest, Star Wars movies have been within the “Skywalker Saga.” This means that they have centered on a member of the Skywalker family as they deal with the forces of good versus evil, the Jedi versus the Sith and other variables. Originally, there was supposed to be 9 films, The Prequel Trilogy, The Original Trilogy, and the trilogy that happened afterward. The saga was shortened to just the Prequel and Original Trilogy under George Lucas’ vision. However, the Bearded One sold Lucasfilm to Disney, and the House of Mouse commissioned to create a brand new trilogy to tell of events after the OT.
Wanted to get their full money’s worth, Disney also stated that they would be creating “spin-off films” or “A Star Wars Story” films. The first one, Rogue One, detailing the mission of Rebel soldiers stealing the Death Star plans before Episode IV: A New Hope. Rogue One was a massive hit, so expect more standalone Star Wars films for the foreseeable future. The next one will be the Untitled Han Solo film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, and many others. So what about the Saga films? Are we going to see more “central plot” films beyond Episode 9? Executive producer Kathleen Kennedy was recently asked by Fandango about that very subject.
“I certainly foresee movies past nine. Whether or not we carry on the Skywalker saga… you know, George always intended nine movies, and whether we continue that or not is something we’re talking about right now. If the story warrants it, we’ll absolutely do it. If it actually inspires new ideas, then we’ll probably head in that direction. We just don’t know yet.”
Disney has already talked about films going for decades if possible. In the past 40 years, we have barely scratched the surface for Star Wars. Even with 8 films, there has been so little covered. There are countless worlds that we can still visit, countless characters to meet, and plenty of stories to tell.
Source: Slash Film