Last year, J.J. Abrams was officially certified as a Star Wars legend when helmed the blockbuster, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The director was given a seemingly impossible task of revamping the Star Wars brand for the next generation, while also opening up a world of possibilities for future filmmakers.
The movie couldn't have been a bigger success, as it grossed over $2 billion worldwide, while simultaneously setting the stage for an even larger interconnected universe. This past weekend Star Wars fans were treated to a plethora of surprises at Star Wars Celebration, including game-changing reveals for Star Wars Rebels and a behind-the-scenes look at the production of LucasFilm's first spinoff movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
One thing that was missing from Celebration was an announcement revealing what LucasFilm's next spinoff will be in 2020. The Han Solo movie seems to be in good hands, however the future of the franchise is unknown to fans. In a recent interview with Collider, Abrams shared his wishes for a Star Wars spinoff adventure:
“I gotta say Kathy Kennedy, who’s running it all, she seems to be pushing all the right buttons. There isn’t something that I’d love to see—I guess the one thing I would say is there’s a Knights of Ren story that I think would be pretty cool to tell.”
Abrams makes sure to clarify that he is not overseeing the entire franchise, so his word is not gospel. However, it's hard to not at least wonder if there is more than meets the ear. Last week Abrams, who also produces the Star Trek franchise, revealed that Chris Hemsworth would be reprising his role in the next Star Trek movie. The studio then confirmed his statement within 24 hours. So it's not as if his word doesn't carry any weight.
There were many mysteries established in The Force Awakens, including unanswered questions regarding the true identity of Supreme Leader Snoke and the secret to Rey's lineage. However, there might not have been anything more visually gripping than the brief glimpse that we get of the Knights of Ren. This mysterious faction is under the command of Snoke, with Kylo serving as their general. The group was mentioned as responsible for eliminating Luke Skywalker's school of Jedi, by killing the students. S0 clearly there is a tragic and compelling story at the heart of this mysterious cell organization.
Exploring this time period is fertile ground for amazing adventures, where we could get a true origin story for Kylo "Ben Solo" Ren, more backstory on the illusive Snoke, and even the possibility of revisiting Luke Skywalker, in his prime. The Knights of Ren are the brainchild of Abrams and co-writer Lawernce Kasdan, so only they know the true backstory on the mysterious group and how amazing their adventures truly were. So if the thought of seeing the Knights of Ren on screen excites Abrams, we should stand at attention.
Part of the brilliance of the franchise, going back to the original trilogy, is how large gaps of the mythology are left unexplained. Aside from the upcoming Episode VIII, there are vast time periods between films left up to the imagination and now LucasFilm has the ability to connect the dots, with exciting new spinoffs. However, unlike rumored Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi films, the Knights of Ren story would be the first spinoff to truly push the franchise into the future and that is ultimately what we all want. We certainly haven't heard the last of this story.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
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