With the long-awaited series of Obi-Wan Kenobi of Disney PlusUnless it’s decided that it won’t be “limited” anymore, it’s no secret that Lucasfilm has a lot in store for the future. Especially after the recent Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim revealed a batch of news to artists like Andor and the upcoming series directed by Jude Law.
If nothing else, Kathleen Kennedy reiterated that Kenobi’s small-screen future would depend on fan interest. “Well, frankly, we set out to do this as a limited series,” Kennedy said. “But I think if there’s a big commitment and people really want more Obi-Wan, we’ll certainly consider it because the fans talk to us.. And if we feel like, ‘OK, there’s a real reason to do this, then it would be to answer why we’re going to do it.’ But we’ll see.”
But putting aside what’s already in the works behind closed studio doors, Lucasfilm should be looking at where else the franchise should expand thematically. starwars is one of the world’s top-grossing media industries, but throwing more story types into the mix alongside fan-favorite legacy characters will be the key to ensuring the longevity of the franchise, renewed creativity, and the ability to stave off fatigue.
Leaning more towards the post-Empire years
It’s true that an Obi-Wan Kenobi solo project has been possibly the most in-demand Star Wars project for years, apart from a trilogy that goes beyond from Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, and it is understandable. While two-thirds of the prequel trilogy was rough at best, it can be argued that Episode III – Revenge of the Sith hit the landing by embracing the galactic opera atmosphere that propelled the original movies, and that’s thanks in no small part to Ewan McGregor’s timeless portrayal as the titular Jedi Master.
However, the series Obi-Wan Kenobi it still represents, to an extent, a dead horse that Lucasfilm keeps banging on. fill in the gaps between Revenge of the Sith Y A new hope is one of the more tired tropes in the Star Wars franchise, and while there’s justifiably plenty of canon time to fill in the 30-plus years separating the two movies, you have to wonder when these stories will get more ambitious.
The franchise is set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away after all, but despite the massive scope provided by a suitably vague setting, we’ve seen surprisingly little of it all considered. While the sequel trilogy turned out to be less than ideal, if nothing else, they at least provided a new era to splash with in-between stories like what The Mandalorian has achieved so far and what Ahsoka will seek to expand.
Andor looks like a tantalizing spy-thriller spin on the Star Wars formula, which might as well prove as refreshing as the space-western themes of Mandalorian. But with another 30 years separate Return of the Jedi and the beginning of The awakening of the force, there’s still more than enough to be done even outside of the mini cinematic universe spearheaded by Pedro Pascal’s skilled bounty hunter.
Between the regions of the Outer Rim and the vastness of the Unknown Regions, there is virtually limitless potential when it comes to telling the stories of planets and people rejoining their lives after the fall of the Empire. It brings in new protagonists, anti-heroes, and villains who do power plays to try and fill the void left by Emperor Palpatine that aren’t just Imperial skeleton crews, or any combination of those things.
Embracing the dark side of the force
The infamous Sith Order has long served as the Jedi Order’s parallel villain, but fans haven’t seen much of them on screen. Of course, its inherently ominous And mysterious, at least outside of the Legends continuity, is part of the allure behind these practitioners of the Dark Side of the Force, but Lucasfilm could probably afford to reveal more of them than they have so far.
Perhaps it’s Disney’s staunch adherence to maintaining a “family” image, but Obi-Wan Kenobi It gave fans a taste of just how compelling a villain-focused Star Wars series could be. A Darth Vader solo series or movie would still continue the trope of the franchise. post III, pre IVbut it could certainly market itself and find a way to put a new point of view on screen outside of a well-worn timeline.
However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be Darth Vader. It’s still speculation for now, but given the vague premise of The Acolyte by Leslye Headland, fans could see a new focus on the Dark Side. While it’s reasonable to avoid glorifying the violence and distorted beliefs of villains like Vader, Maul, Palpatine, etc., villains still create exciting stories as long as the wrong message isn’t being conveyed.
The history of the Sith is at least as deep as that of the Jedi. So all it takes is for the leash to loosen enough and for Lucasfilm to embrace the Dark Side a bit to tell a refreshingly bold story from an interesting angle.
When Star Wars and Lucasfilm became the property of DisneyMost exciting (aside from a sequel trilogy) were the studio’s plans to return to the ip theatrically with a bang by weaving movies. anthology style from A Star Wars Story between the Skywalker Saga. It was a great plan on paper and rogue one proved to be great on its own merits, but the financial bomb of Only must have instilled some kind of fear in Lucasfilm.
Even though it wasn’t spectacular, Only It was a solid sci-fi heist game with its own potential, but some fans are concerned that the studio is learning the wrong lessons from the film’s commercial disappointment.
Hopefully, the Star Wars film series in various stages of development will at least bring the format back spiritually. A Star Wars Story because standalone stories and one-off anthology-style stories are a smart way to get weirder with the Star Wars brand. Whether a movie tells a story that warrants sequels or works perfectly as a one-off effort, this could be a great way to explore multiple unique pockets of the endless Star Wars galaxy.
And for a saga that makes its international fame on the foundation of space wizards fighting each other with lightsabers and telekinetic powers, there’s no reason for Star Wars to avoid getting weirder more than 45 years later.