Since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, there has been a grand plan for restarting the Star Wars franchise. This plan went full steam ahead with the release of The Force Awakens in 2015. Longtime fans like myself have been excited with the content that has been released so far. Both The Force Awakens and Rogue One have taken Star Wars to exciting new directions.
The new literary canon established by Lucasfilm’s Story Group, led by Pablo Hidalgo, has revitalized the novels, establishing a timeline for the books and comics that will fit directly with future films. And the animated series Star Wars Rebels charts into unexplored territory that fans can’t seem to get enough of.
And now, as of this week, there’s even more reason to be excited for the future of the 40 year-old space opera. Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that they have a plan for at least another decade of films, going all the way to 2030.
As Iger said in an interview, “We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories”.
That’s enough to make any fan excited.
As someone who grew up in a time where there where only 3 films, an expanded universe of disconnected novels, and no new cinematic material until the release of The Phantom Menace in 1999, the plan for more Star Wars content sounds very promising under Disney.
With a universe that has a rich mythology, filmmakers can explore stories that can either go back to the past, (like Rogue One) or go lightspeed into the future (The Last Jedi)
Who knows what other stories await us? The sky, or rather, the universe is the limit. Next up, Mark Hamill returns with The Force Awakens cast as Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, set for release this December.
And that’s just the beginning. Are you as excited as I am?