The future of the Star Wars franchise is largely uncertain, at least in terms of the movies, following the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. What will be the next saga in a galaxy far, far away? Will Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy still be with the company beyond her current contract?
We know that the Game of Thrones creators' Star Wars trilogy was canceled. Past that, at least for now, we have precious few answers. But a new report helps to shed some light on the creative direction. Specifically, who may be helping when it comes to creative decisions, and it looks like the team behind The Mandalorian will be a big part of that equation.
According to a new report, Jon Favreau, the executive producer and writer of The Mandalorian, as well as Dave Filoni, who serves as a producer/director on the show, will "have a lot to say" about the future of Star Wars. The team is also said to include Michelle Rejwan, who serves as Lucasfilm's senior VP of live-action development, in addition to being a producer on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
There is no word on what titles Favreau or Filoni would ultimately end up with, but this is a decision that would seem to make a great deal of sense for a wide variety of reasons. This comes after it was revealed that Kevin Feige is making a Star Wars movie.
Starting with Jon Favreau, he's thrived under the Disney umbrella. Between his work on Iron Man, which kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his major box office hits like The Jungle Book and The Lion King, Favreau is very much one of their guys and knows how to craft content that fans like. Case in point, The Mandalorian is one of the better-received bits of content made within the Star Wars franchise since Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012.
Dave Filoni is no small part of that, as he and Favreau worked closely together on the show. Filoni also has a rich history with Star Wars as the chief creative force behind the animated shows The Clone Wars and Rebels. Even though those were animated shows aimed at a younger demographic, they're beloved and have showcased that Filoni understands Star Wars perhaps better than anyone else who has a creative say at this point in time. It's also worth mentioning that Filoni became something of a protege for George Lucas during The Clone Wars days.
Another important item of note; Kathleen Kennedy's contract with Lucasfilm is up in 2021. It's said that this proposed creative team will likely be a part of the studio's future with or without Kennedy. While the Star Wars movies have grossed $5 billion during Kennedy's tenure, there has also been a decent deal of behind-the-scenes turmoil, with several directors leaving projects and questions over certain creative decisions under her watch.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (Game of Thrones) were on deck to craft a new Star Wars trilogy for Lucasfilm, which would have kicked off in December 2022. They recently parted ways, leaving that date wide open and in need of a director with a story to tell. Whoever ends up being tapped for the directing job, it sounds like the future beyond the Skywalker saga will have some new blood pouring their creative juices into the movies, whatever shape they end up taking. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.