Lucasfilm head, Kathleen Kennedy, has been busy dropping quotes this past weekend thanks to Star Wars Celebration. Across various mediums, she’s provided insights into the state of the Star Wars movie universe, covering both the previously announced Star Wars projects (Rian Johnson’s trilogy, Taika Waititi’s film, Rogue Squadron), and the three new ones that were revealed this past weekend.
Below you will find some of the more interesting quotes and insights.
The New Rey Movie
According to an interview with Yahoo, the script for the new Rey movie, which will be set 15 years post TROS, should be finished in about six weeks. It’s being written by Steven Knight, and it will be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
“We’ve been working on that [film] for a few years and all of that feeds in to our overall storytelling. So we’ve just got to a point now where we’ve got a wonderful writer in Steven Knight, he’s come on board and we’re going to see a script probably in the next month and a half that we’ve been working on for quite a while. So we’re getting close.”
It’s such an evolution of conversations that we have all the time and we knew coming off of The Rise of Skywalker that we needed to take that further. We just didn’t know how far out; we didn’t know exactly what the story might be – but now we have a much better idea.”Kathleen Kennedy
While talking to IGN, she revealed a bit of what the movie could be about, at least in terms of the New Jedi Order.
“Well we’re 15 years out from Rise of Skywalker, so we’re post-war, post-First Order, and the Jedi are in disarray,” Kennedy confirmed. “There’s a lot of discussion around, ‘Who are the Jedi? What are they doing? What’s the state of the galaxy?’ She’s attempting to rebuild the Jedi Order, based on the books, based on what she promised Luke, so that’s where we’re going. I don’t know if we’ll spend a lot of time in flashbacks or [on] Force ghosts or things like that, but certainly, the spirit of what he represents to her is going to be significant.”Kathleen Kennedy
Kathleen also mentioned that they Rey movie will feature an opening crawl, and that moving forward all Star Wars movies would, which is a change from Rogue One and Solo, which both didn’t feature an opening crawl.
“The crawl’s coming back, No. The crawl is for movies.”Kathleen Kennedy – EW
Previously Announced Star Wars Movie Projects
While talking with Variety, Kennedy revealed that Rian Johnson’s trilogy project isn’t dead after all, he’s just busy.
“Rian and I talk all the time. He is unbelievably busy. So we’re not actively involved in anything at the moment because he’s doing another one of the ‘Glass Onion’ movies and then God knows what else. But he really wants to step back into the space. It’s a big commitment of time, so that’s really on him.”Kathleen Kennedy
She also made it sound like Taika’s movie is still a thing too. It’s just a time thing like Rian’s.
“Taika is still working away. He’s writing the script himself. He doesn’t really want to bring others into that process and I don’t blame him. He has a very, very unique voice. So we want to protect that and that’s what he’s doing. But we’re going to make that one day.”Kathleen Kennedy
It sounds like Rogue Squadron isn’t officially dead either, but like these other projects, it’s in limbo at best.
“Rogue Squadron that is definitely something we still talk about. Whether it’s a movie or whether it ends up in the series space, that’s something [we discuss].”Kathleen Kennedy – IGN
Obi-Wan Kenobi Season 2
Finally, according to Kathleen Kennedy, Obi-Wan Kenobi Season 2 is not in active development.
“That is not an active development. But I never say never, because there’s always the possibility. That show was so well-received and [director] Deborah Chow did such a spectacular job. Ewan McGregor really wants to do another. Everybody’s all hands on deck with what we’re doing right now, as you can see by what we showed everybody [at the Celebration]. We’ll turn our attention to that again maybe down the road.”Kathleen Kennedy
Featured image – Daisy Ridley, Kathleen Kennedy and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. (Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Disney)