Annlyel reflects on the Star Wars project announcement that failed to materialise.
A couple of months ago it was reported that we would be getting an announcement for the next Star Wars film in January. 31 days passed and there was no such welcome surprise. The closest thing we got to an announcement was that Lucasfilm had approached Taika Waititi to do a film for the franchise…or maybe the intriguing Project Luminous reveal (which concerns a slate of new Star Wars novels to look forward to) was the big surprise reports like Variety mistook for a movie reveal.
And that leaves me, once again, a bit bummed with Star Wars. Maybe, after The Rise of Skywalker‘s poor showing at the theaters despite some fans’ avid praise of the Skywalker Saga finale, Kathleen Kennedy decided to give us a break from thinking about anymore Star Wars movies. However, for a fan like myself, having no news is producing a bit of glumness. Despite disliking nearly everything about The Rise of Skywalker after having such grand expectations I was really looking forward to the next step in Lucasfilm featuring the movie department.
I have noticed that there’s a certain trend that highlights great storytelling surrounding films and television shows that have nothing to do with the Skywalkers or Solo. Think about it, Rogue One, Star Wars: Rebels, and The Mandalorian. That’s three strikes in the last few years. And why is that the case?
Because those projects were afforded more wriggle room and creativity. The Skywalker Saga is dealt with such restraint that each film is forced into a box. Rian Johnson tried to ease the trilogy out of that box and some fans hated him for it. J.J Abrams ensured that The Rise of Skywalker would not upset the fanbase by making a film that would play to our nostalgia and instead created a movie that, in my opinion, felt bland and ruined some of the greatest lore and storytelling in the saga.
With a new film or trilogy (hopefully helmed by Oscar-nominated Rian Johnson) potentially in the works, it’ll be nice to see a story treated with as much love and imagination as like I said before, Rogue One, Star Wars: Rebels, and The Mandalorian. Let’s only hope that a movie announcement will arrive perhaps next month…or at least during this year’s Star Wars Celebration.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her own blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!
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