ByJack Carr, writer at
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The Skywalker family are a bit like the Clintons: Space Edition. Others come and go, but from one generation to the next, the first family of the galaxy is always there, their legend felt everywhere even when the Empire is all-powerful. Luke lost control of the New Jedi Order and went into hiding. Hillary lost the election and fell off the face of the planet. Luke may have a secret daughter, and Bill — in fact, let's not go there.

But all good things come to an end eventually — and speaking about the future of , the president of Disney just teased the prospect of an all-new trilogy to follow Episode 9 which might leave behind the Skywalker saga once and for all.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

Talking to the press this week, 's top dog Bob Iger spoke about where the Star Wars franchise goes after the new trilogy wraps up, and the good news is that the next decade will continue to be fruitful for fans of a galaxy far, far away. Here's what Iger had to say on Thursday:

"When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VII, VIII and IX. [Now] we’re starting to talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories."

That's a pretty exciting prospect, and it should help keep the franchise fresh, but Iger didn't reveal exactly what the next "decade and a half" of movies would look like. If Disney do greenlight a new trilogy, it might be wise not to rush things — a gap of three or four years after Episode 9 (with a spin-off/anthology movie in the middle) would be a smart move in terms of keeping the hype alive.

'Han Solo' [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]
'Han Solo' [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

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What Will A New Star Wars Trilogy Look Like?

We may not know a massive amount about Star Wars: right now, but it's pretty clear that the goal of this third trilogy is bring the story of Luke Skywalker full circle — we've seen him train as a Jedi, defeat Darth Vader and, prior to The Force Awakens, disappear into the wilderness. The student became the mentor and it went wrong — but with Rey, he has a chance to right that wrong.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

After Episode 9, though, the Skywalker saga (even if Rey herself is revealed to be the daughter of Luke) feels like it will have been played out. One of the "problems" (or at least limitations) of the movies is that so much focus lands on two or three families that entire swathes of the vast universe (expanded on in canon and non-canon games, books, comics, Rebels and other animated series) is left untouched.

A new trilogy could be a creative rebirth for Star Wars. Unchained to the story of Luke or his descendants, the movies have the freedom to travel much further back in time, or switch out "a long time ago..." for "in the distant future...". The binary idea of good vs. evil and the light vs. the dark side of the Force seems likely to be challenged and, ultimately, resolved at some point during the current trilogy, so the next trilogy could perhaps even break away from the Sith and the Jedi completely.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.

Would you be happy to see the next Star Wars trilogy move away from the saga of the Skywalkers?

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)


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