What Does ‘Rogue One’ Mean For The ‘Star Wars’ Cinematic Universe?

Fans are eagerly anticipating December 16, the day that “Rogue One” flies into theatres, but the movie’s success could have a huge impact on the future of “Star Wars”.

To some,”Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” may seem like nothing more than something to keep hungry fans satisfied until the next movie in the main saga — but the truth is, the stand-alone film could be cracking the code to where the franchise goes next. The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly dove deep into why.

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As writer Anthony Brenzican explains, “Rouge One” is Lucasfilm and Disney’s way of testing just how far the franchise can be removed from the core story and characters. For a long time, the “Star Wars” universe was fleshed out through novels and comics, but can a cinematic universe successfully exist?

No, this isn’t some sort of Jedi mind trick. Afterall, there is also a planned Han Solo stand-alone movie in the works. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy admits that a large cinematic universe is entirely possible. “There are [possible movies] that we have been talking about a lot. But we are planning to sit down in January [when] we have enough information where we can step back a little and say, ‘What are we doing? What do we feel is exciting? And what are some of the things we want to explore?'”

Lucasfilm’s head developer Kiri Hart further explained why “Rogue One” is the potential catalyst for this new direction. “[It] felt like a great beginning for us because [fans] know about the Death Star plans. They know the things that happen in ‘A New Hope’. So it had those familiar anchor points, but it is also about a completely new set of characters.”

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But that may not always be the case, explaining how future spin-offs may not tie in with the main series so directly. “It’s certainly exciting as a filmmaker — the notion that we can explore these stories that genuinely have a beginning, middle and end, and don’t necessarily have to tie into something specific.”

Regardless of the outcome, fans will likely show up en masse to see a new chapter in the world of “Star Wars”. And as for the future, a little green man once said: “Do or do not, there is no try.”

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