If, fifteen years ago, you would have told everyone that Disney would have bought Lucasfilm and started making their own Star Wars films without George Lucas’ involvement, you would have been laughed out of the room.
Now, after the sequels, Disney owning the Star Wars Universe is a massive relief for fans across the globe. Even so, very little is known about how Disney plans on making use of the property. We know they’re going to make a another trilogy of Star Wars films and that they’re thinking of producing solo films but, as of right now, there’s not much detail.
Everyone at Disney has been mum on the subject. However, Kathleen Kennedy recently gave an interview, during an opening of a Lucasfilm branch in Singapore, that sheds some light on how the solo and ‘saga’ films will fit together. Or, won’t.
“George [Lucas] was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, Episode Seven falls within that canon. The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that he created….There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes. Consequently, from the creative standpoint, it’s a roadmap that George made pretty clear.”
That doesn’t sound like a terrible idea to me. To try and keep the core spine of the universe in the ‘saga’ movies and then allow the solo movies to explore more nooks and crannies sounds like it could work just fine.