'Star Wars' New Movies Are 'Pretty Far Along' in Development

According to Lucasfilm studio boss Kathleen Kennedy, the newly-announced movie installments in the galaxy far far away franchise have been in the works for several years.

AceShowbiz - Kathleen Kennedy has claimed that the newly-announced "Star Wars" films are "pretty far along" in development. Three new live-action movies in the sci-fi franchise were confirmed at "Star Wars Celebration" in London and the Lucasfilm president has explained that the new pictures from directors Dave Filoni, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and James Mangold have been in the works for some time.

"We're pretty far along. These are things, as you can imagine, certainly looking at what Dave's been doing with Ahsoka, that'll be at least six, seven years building to what it is we're going to be doing in a movie," Kathleen told IGN.

"As far as Sharmeen, we've been working on that for a couple of years already. And with what Jim's doing, Jim and I, because we had the benefit of doing 'Indiana Jones' together, there was a lot of discussion about what the story is."

"What's great about Jim, is he's a writer-director, much like David is, so he can move that along at a pretty fast pace. So everything's kind of moving along. We may have a really nice situation where we have all of these things ready to go, and we can take our time figuring out when we make them."

Taika Waititi is working on a standalone film in the "Star Wars" universe and Kennedy confirmed that she is leaving the "Thor, Love and Thunder" director to his own devices.

She told Variety, "Taika is still working away. He's writing the script himself. He doesn't really want to bring others into that process and I don't blame him. He has a very, very unique voice. So we want to protect that and that's what he's doing. But we're going to make that one day."

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