Whoa! This was unexpected. What will LUCASFILM look like without its eponymous founder GEORGE LUCAS? Considering Lucas had some great success with animated storylines from the STAR WARS universe (such as the award-winning series STAR WARS: CLONE WARS), maybe it is a good match after all.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, DISNEY and Lucas himself are looking to make three Stars Wars sequels helmed by different directors:
"It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers,” Lucas said in a release. “I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”
Kennedy, who was named co-chair of Lucasfilm in June, was hired specifically to work on the next three films, a source close to Lucas tells THR. A veteran of blockbuster films, she has worked with Steven Spielberg for years on everything from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to Lucas’ Indiana Jones franchise.
"Now at least it makes a little sense about Kathy — why she would have taken the job," the source says. "She’ll probably be making seven, eight and nine (the next three Star Wars films) full time for the next few years.”
You read that right. Possibly nine more STAR WARS films.
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