As “Star Wars” fans know, this is far from the first time potential movies set to be made after 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker” have fallen down the Death Star reactor shaft. “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson was once due to make an entire trilogy of films, and “Game of Thrones” writers David Benioff and DB Weiss were preparing their own trilogy of “Star Wars” features that were intended to explore the history of the Jedi, only to leave the project shortly before the release of “The Rise of Skywalker.”
All of these potential films finding themselves suddenly frozen in Carbonite is another indication of Hollywood’s “cinematic universe” woes, and Disney’s in particular. While the MCU is experiencing its own growing pains balancing its seemingly never-ending assembly line of content between movie theaters and streaming, Lucasfilm has had decent success with “Star Wars” series on Disney+, receiving a lot of positive attention for “The Mandalorian” (which just entered its third season) and “Andor” in particular. Given all that, there’s an argument to be made that “Star Wars” doesn’t necessarily need to return to the big screen.
Even so, that doesn’t mean Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm are done trying. In addition to Waititi’s still nascent project, Variety mentions some sources that claim “Ms. Marvel” director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is working on a “Star Wars” film for the studio. While these films remain at a still-early stage, enough that they may also find themselves adrift in space before long, “Star Wars” fans can hold onto hope that, like Yoda once said, “there is another.”