Kathleen Kennedy has been leading Lucasfilm for years now. And in her time, she has released a number of “Star Wars” films and TV series, including the most recent sequel trilogy. Unfortunately for her, she’s also the target of some toxic fandom backlash, mainly from the reaction to the most recent films, with some wondering why a sequel trilogy even was made in the first place. But according to a new interview with The Wrap, even before she took over Lucasfilm, Kennedy said George Lucas was talking to folks about a sequel trilogy.
When asked about the conclusion of the sequel trilogy with ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ being released last year, Kennedy explained that even before she became President of Lucasfilm, Lucas had already begun discussions with the lead actors from the original films to come back to the “Star Wars” universe.
“You know, when I personally came into this, George had already been having conversations with his previous actors, Carrie (Fisher) and Harrison (Ford) and Mark (Hamill) — there was a saga that the fans loved and he never finished,” said Kennedy. “He always talked about doing nine movies and he was ready to complete that. And so our focus had been from the beginning on finishing that saga.”
Of course, as we know, Disney would come by, give Lucas an incredible offer to buy his company and all the rights, and the filmmaker stepped away from the franchise. However, Kennedy did finish the Skywalker Saga, though we don’t really know how much different it would have been if Lucas ever got around to making it.
Now, without Lucas’ guidance, Kennedy is figuring out what the future holds for “Star Wars.” All we know is that more films and TV shows are coming, but what the focus is and if there are any links to Lucas’ original story is still unknown.