Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that there won’t be a direct sequel to Star Wars Rogue One.
In the first few minutes that tickets were sold for Star Wars Rogue One, Fandango sold hundreds of thousands of tickets, according to Deadline.
However, in Empire Magazine’s latest issue, through Slash Film, Kennedy made it clear that the studio has no intention of making a direct follow-up to Stars Wars Rogue One regardless of how well it does in the box office.
Star Wars Rogue One Sequel?
In an interview by Slash Film, Kennedy even stated that the Star Wars Story standalone movies “are not being designed to necessarily build new franchises”. They will “very definitely have a beginning, middle, and end”. Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, and her story, may not be followed by fans.
Lucasfilm chief creative officer John Knoll and director Gareth Edwards said the same. Knoll stated that Star Wars Rogue One was intended to be self-contained even though it is a prequel to A New Hope, as cited in Slashfilm. Edwards mentioned that the sequel came out in 1977 which was the original Star Wars movie. He said that a sequel to Star Wars Rogue One would “be directed by George Lucas” himself.
What’s next for Star Wars?
Storywise, there could be a follow-up, but the Rebellion characters will not make it past the film. Fans suggested that they could still exist in the Rebellion. Viewers may not have seen them in the original saga. A possibility that a sequel could be made around the heist for the plans for the second Death Star ensues.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will open in theaters on December 16. It is expected to make more than $130 million in its debut at the domestic cinemas. This was based on tracking services in an IGN report.