The team at Slashfilm reports that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says that a total of six Star Wars films are currently in the docket: That’s episodes VII, VIII, IX… plus three stand-alone franchise films. We don’t have the specifics on these, but apparently the characters in them won’t be featured in the main saga series, or at least, that’s the way it appears at present;
Kennedy dropped the news during an interview with Singapore’s Strait Times:
George [Lucas] was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, Episode Seven falls within that canon. The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that he created….There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes. Consequently, from the creative standpoint, it’s a roadmap that George made pretty clear.
There were some indications last year that these might be origin films, but if characters in these won’t be featured in the old films, then obviously we won’t see a Boba Fett or Solo origin film. Still, who knows? Filming for Episode VII just started, so we’re a long way off to be talking about any of rest of the franchise!
(Pictured: Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno. Publication date: November, 2014)