Thursday, December 10, 2015

Kathleen Kennedy Talks Anthology Films

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By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy took some time out from talking about The Force Awakens during the film's press tour to discuss the Anthology film's with /Film's Peter Sciretta.  She discussed some of the ideas and plans surrounding the films and what their plan is for the future. 

On the subject of how Lucasfilm maintains a larger continuity across all the platforms of story telling, Kennedy said,
"George allowed that expanded universe to really go its own way. And some of it was extraordinary and really well done. And some of it, less so. But it didn’t follow any narrative structure and we felt with all of the development that was going to go on in all these different areas, [that] would make things too chaotic. And we didn’t abandon it because we thought something was wrong with it, we abandoned it because it had gone in too many different directions without any oversight by George, and that’s something we’re trying to rectify. So the concept of the expanded universe is similar to what we’re continuing to do, but within a bit more structure.

What’s brilliant about what Kiri Hart is doing inside the story department is, we’re really looking at everything we’re doing. Our story group looks at and gets involved with animation, anything we’re doing with games, anything going on with theme parks, anything that's happening with publishing, even certain things inside DCP. We are very closely tied to any of the narrative storytelling in those divisions because that does have to make some kind of sense. We don’t want something heading off in some direction that completely undoes what was setup in another story." 

On how the Anthology films will be different from the Saga Films, Kennedy said,
They are really being designed as standalone movies which is fantastic for the filmmakers we bring in, and the actors we hire, because it’s a different sensibility.

When asked if the Anthology films would just be prequels or stories about characters we already know, Kennedy told /Film
"No, no. It just so happens to be Rogue One is the precursor to New Hope and yes, this Han Solo idea but I would not argue that we are setting up any kind of prequel notion with these standalone movies. I think that’s so far just coincidence. And to be perfectly honest, we have changed the order of those at the last minute, so that’s not the intention at all."

We've speculated in the past that the order of the films has changed somewhat, likely due to the departure of Josh Trank from his project earlier this year.  Kennedy seems to confirm this.

Also, does it seem odd to anyone else that we haven't heard anything about a Rogue One trailer being attached to The Force Awakens?  The movie is coming out next year, you'd think they would want to expose it to the massive audience that will be seeing The Force Awakens....


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