This week, fans got a first glimpse into Project Luminous, a Star Wars event that has been teased for some time. Initially, fans thought the future of Star Wars was going to be set in this new era of the universe, called The High Republic. However, after the announcement (which we extensively covered in the related section below), it became apparent there was nothing at all announced for the visual medium. So far, only published books and comics are a part of Project Luminous.
We then speculated, as we fans do. The question, whether this means the High Republic era is used only for publishing? Or, whether the next movies would also be set in the High Republic era? It now looks like we have some confirmation that at least for now, the High Republic is a books only zone. Matt Martin from the Lucasfilm Story Group responded to a similar question on social media, here is his answer.
Yes, it was developed independently. That's not to say the era wouldn't be available to storytellers in other mediums, but it was developed or publishing.
— Matt Martin (@missingwords) February 25, 2020
Now, I know that Martin could simply be not allowed to talk about the shows or movies side. But, ever since this was officially revealed I have had my doubts about that. To me, Martin is simply confirming what I suspected. That the future of the Star Wars franchise will not be dictated by the High Republic in the visual mediums. As Martin says, there is nothing preventing Lucasfilm using this era, but it was not planned that way. If that is correct, then one would imagine the authors from Project Luminous would be looking to tell the grandest stories and most dramatic events of this period for themselves. That does not leave much opportunity for this to be the setting of the next movies. As for animated shows, well that could happen, and it might depend on how popular these new books end up being.
For now, I think we can say with some confidence that fans should not hope for a big movie tie in. Who knows where Star Wars will go next in movie theaters? Lucasfilm does seem to have quite a few plans on the TV side going. The Mandalorian Season 2, along with Cassian Andor and Obi-Wan led shows are all being worked on now. But so far there is nothing concrete on the movie side. Other than what appears to meaningless release dates, for movies no one is currently working on.
Maybe the answer, is for the movies to start exploring the even older history of this universe? Go back to the Sith Wars, in the era that is now going to be called The Old Republic. It’s certainly an era that fans have been hoping to see more of, especially now that most of the old ‘Legends’ content is no longer canon.
Realistically, we are back to square one with Star Wars movies for the moment. What do you think of Martin’s comments, and are you happy this is a book only project for the moment? Share your thoughts below as always.
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SOURCE: Matt Martin (via Twitter)