Star Wars fans are freaking out today over a quote by Kathleen Kennedy where she describes the new movie as part of the “Skywalker Saga”. Not only is his extremely old news for anyone who has been a Star Wars fan for a while, but it’s also not the first time she’s described The Force Awakens as part of the Saga.
On page 33 of the latest Costco Connection newsletter, Kathleen Kennedy describes The Force Awakens as part of the Skywalker Saga:
â€œThe Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga,â€ she explains. â€œThe stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story. The Anthology films offer opportunities to explore fresh characters, new storylines and a variety of genres inside the Star Wars universe.â€
What’s crazy about the internet going nuts over this quote today is that it’s not exactly the first time she’s described the movie that way. In fact twice this year alone she described it as part of the “Saga”, which any real Star Wars fan knows deals with the Skywalker family.
During the Japanese press conference in May, Kathleen Kennedy said:
“This is a generational family saga and that fundamentally has been very important to us to continue that. And the drama inherent in that is the tension between good and evil.”
At San Diego Comic Con in July, in front of 6,000 people in Hall H she said:
“Obviously with the Saga films, which JJ is starting the first which is The Force Awakens, 8 and 9 will be part of that Saga.”
This does add some more weight to one of the rumors this week about the backstory of Rey in The Force Awakens, but it’s still puzzling why this became such huge news all of a sudden. Were people secretly hoping the other parts of the Skywalker Saga (the Prequels) weren’t considered canon? Did they think The Force Awakens was a reboot of the series? Was it just a painfully slow time for Star Wars news while fans wait for a new trailer?