Dave Filoni Teases Possibility of R-Rated Star Wars Installment

Lucasfilm’s Chief Creative Officer Keeps Options Open for Franchise’s Future

Dave Filoni, Lucasfilm’s chief creative officer, has hinted at the intriguing possibility of an R-rated Star Wars film. Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Filoni expressed openness to the idea, emphasizing the importance of quality storytelling.

“Sure, I mean, I don’t know. I think it’s interesting,” Filoni remarked when asked about the potential for an R-rated Star Wars installment. “The bottom line is whatever we do, it has to be really well done.”

This discussion arises as Marvel prepares to release its first R-rated film, Deadpool & Wolverine, starring Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds recently expressed pride in Marvel’s decision to embrace the mature rating, noting it as a significant step for the studio and its diverse audience.

Filoni acknowledged a similar consideration for Star Wars, referencing the success of “Andor” as an example of the franchise’s capacity for different storytelling approaches. “Andor is so well done, and Tony [Gilroy, Andor showrunner] and his team do such a phenomenal job. There’s definitely an audience for that,” Filoni said. He stressed the importance of balancing mature themes with content that captures the imagination of younger fans. “I want to still be hitting the imagination of the kids out there, so that they can grow up and appreciate those things.”

Filoni highlighted the versatility of the Star Wars franchise, noting that its strength lies in diverse storytelling. “The franchise encompasses all types of styles, and the creative direction of the particular story is the most important thing. Creators should work within their comfort zones rather than trying to mimic George Lucas,” he stated.

Reflecting on his own approach, Filoni said, “I’ve learned from George, but certainly I’m not the same as George when it comes to making movies. He’s a one-of-a-kind generational talent. I like wolves and put them in my Star Wars. We’re just different and that’s okay. But there are principles about choices and being a good person and being more selfless and getting over your fears, and those are timeless no matter what style you’re talking about.”

As Lucasfilm explores new creative horizons, Filoni’s comments suggest that an R-rated Star Wars film, while not imminent, remains a fascinating possibility for the future of the beloved franchise.

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