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With the release of the teaser trailer for Star Wars- Episode 9: The Rise Of Skywalker, anticipation ramps up for the final film of the Skywalker Saga. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says, even before they started The Force Awakens, they knew they would wrap up the nine episode storyline. Director J.J. Abrams says, when [Kennedy] asked if he'd be interested to return, ", I was surprised by how emotional I felt about it,.. “I didn’t expect to feel the way I did, and the opportunity to finish the story we started was something I couldn’t resist.” He describes "trying to tie everything together as “this crazy challenge,” but believes that the movie will satisfy the demands placed upon it." John Boyega says, “I’m very proud of the story that J.J. put together, and I’m very proud of the performances,” Daisy Ridley adds, “I felt a lot of emotion because I was so happy with what we were doing, I was so happy with the people I was working with, the cast and crew was amazing. All of the other stuff sort of falls to the wayside." Naomi Ackie, who plays new character Jana, says it was quite overwhelming, but, it continues to be positive. Meanwhile, Kathleen Kennedy is looking toward the future of the property. With the launch of the Disney+ streaming service later this year, fans can look forward to the Star Wars on the small screen, with The Mandalorian and the Cassian Andor series. Kennedy also plans a return to the big screen at some point, she says there is a summit planned for next month to discuss their plans. ""I’m sitting down now with Dan Weiss and David Benioff (who have a trilogy in the works) .and Rian Johnson (who is also developing a trilogy of films) We’re all sitting down to talk about, where do we go next? We’ve all had conversations about what the possibilities might be, but now we’re locking it down." "We are looking at the next saga. We are not just looking at another trilogy, we're really looking at the next 10 years or more," Kennedy said. (Source: TheHollywoodReporter)
Screenwriter Gloria Katz, who, along with her husband, Willard Huyck, worked on many Lucasfilm scripts, has died at 76. Her husband was friends with Lucas at USC, and when he was asked to work on American Graffiti,, she says she "...sort of came with the package," In 1973, they shared an Oscar nomination for the film with Lucas. As filming was about to begin on Star Wars, Lucas asked them to polish the script, "...write anything you want and then I'll go over it and see what I need." "Katz noted she and Huyck tried to add as much humor as possible and wrote about 30 percent of the film's dialogue. They also shaped Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia to be a woman who "can take command; she doesn’t take any $#*% … instead of just [being] a beautiful woman that schlepped along to be saved," she said. Ultimately, though,"George didn't want anyone to know we worked on the script, so we were in a cone of silence."'"They also wrote the screenplay for for Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), produced by Lucas from his story.", as well as Howard The Duck (1986) and Radioland Murders (1994).(Source: Hollywood Reporter )
https://jediinsider.com/247-20088 Despite stumbles with The Last Jedi and Solo, the Force is still with Kathleen Kennedy, as her position as president of Lucasfilm has been extended three years, through 2021. Kennedy, who took command of Lucasfilm in 2012, after Disney’s $4 billion acquisition from George Lucas, has overseen the relaunch of the Star Wars franchise, with the four new Star Wars films grossing almost $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office. It has not always been smooth sailing though, as the directors of Rogue One (,Gareth Edwards, who kept his directing credit) Solo (Lord and Miller), and Episode 9 (Colin Trevorrow) have all had to be replaced, as well as, the fan reaction to The Last Jedi, followed by the disappointing box-office for this year's Solo "...grossimg "only" $392 million worldwide and leading analysts to estimate a loss for the film at $50 million to $80 million or more. (In contrast, 2017's The Last Jedi and 2016's Rogue One grossed $1 billion globally, and 2015's The Force Awakens topped $2 billion in receipts.)"With Episode 9, cited as the final episode of the Skywalker Saga, currently filming for a 2019 release, Disney CEO Bob Iger says to expect some slowdown in the future of Star Wars films. Currently said to be in the works are projects from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and a potential trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, as well as, "a live-action series run by Jon Favreau (which is currently casting) and the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, both of which will air on Disney’s untitled streaming service, which is set to launch in the second half of 2019. " Star Wars Resistance another animated series, also which premieres this month on The Disney Channel. "Lucasfilm is also developing a new Indiana Jones movie, the fifth in a series starring Harrison Ford and directed by Spielberg, but that project recently saw its release date push from July 10, 2020, to July 9, 2021. Script issues were the cause. The last Jones movie, 2008's The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, grossed $786 million worldwide, adjusted for inflation. " (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)