Star Wars is on a real hot streak right now. The Force Awakens smashed it, both in terms of Box Office and critical reception, and expectations seems fairly high for Rogue One. At least until Episode IX in 2019, we know we are going to have a movie a year coming from the franchise.
But what happens after that? Talking to EW, franchise producer Kathleen Kennedy spoke about how things are going, and what will come next. In the interview, she revealed that the anthology film idea was one of George Lucas' parting gifts, explaining:
George talked to me about doing this when I first came aboard. He had often thought about doing it and he had actually written down three or four thoughts and ideas, directions you could go. Obviously inside the mythology there were lots of opportunities. So that was the first conversation I had… We talked a lot about the Jedi and the foundational ideas that George had thought about when he created the mythology.
But there is a big question mark about what happens when this new trilogy wraps up. Can the franchise subsist off of anthology movies alone?
That's a conversation going on right now, too. I have to honestly tell you, could we [do nothing but stand-alones]? Sure. But I don't know. We are looking at all of that.
These are interesting questions that really aren't that far away in the grand scheme of things. I hope whatever happens, it is all arrived at naturally. Perhaps even a brief break from five movies in five years will do the franchise good.