Despite being one of the biggest franchises since the dawn of cinema, Star Wars is in an unenviable position. In many ways, it’s become too big to fail; an institution able to coast on its name but beholdened to the expectations of its own legacy. Nowhere was this more evident than the Star Wars Stories. When they were first announced, I was actually more excited for them than I was the “mainline” Star Wars films. The side stories had the flexibility to explore the Star Wars universe and approach it from new perspectives and even new genres. How weird would a Star Wars neo-noir be? Imagine something akin to an archeology treasure hunt across the galaxy (i.e. Indiana Jones in space). The Star Wars Stories had infinite potential just waiting to be realized… such a shame.
Welp, fact is that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is pretty much selling itself much like any other event title I usually taper off from. How? Well you needn’t look further than the reports citing the need for “waiting rooms” with Fandango and Movietickets boasting their biggest first day sales ever, beating out Deadpool and Suicide Squad.
So there. Love is in the air aplenty for Gareth Edwards whose diversely cast spin-off from the Star Wars canon featuring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen is now on track to open with $130 millon dollars. This probably doesn’t say much about the other films in tow, save for the fact that fans will be waiting with baited breath to see Episode VIII as well as the forthcoming Han Solo spin-off with Alden Ehrenrich, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke.
Thus, it still apparently brings to mind whatever possibilities there may be for a Rogue One sequel, in which case, leave that to Edwarda along with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy quickly putting that fire out before it happens, according to Empire via Slashfilm. Edwards himself even goes on to say that any sequels will be directed by George Lucas, further hinting at Rogue One’s place in the timeline way after episode three and just before the first film, A New Hope.
It makes sense though. I admit there are some films that I would like to see made that others find ridiculous, but with Disney invested in its current plans for the big screen and the fear of franchise fatigue setting in from time to time, keeping Rogue One where it is now only seems fitting.
I swear though, if Disney even so much as pulls a rabbit out of a hat big enough to suprise everyone with a sequel out of this, someone should tell the folks over at Trigger that a second season for Kill La Kill is in order. I mean it’s only fair, right?
Yes, I just HAD to turn this into a discussion about anime. Sue me.