Star Wars is best known for its transmedia approach, and this strategy ultimately helped fans understand the movies even better. The presence of tie-in materials provides viewers the much-needed context about planets, creatures, and even characters, further fleshing out what films can't expand on the big screen.
Now that the Skywalker Saga has already come to a close, a new chapter for Star Wars is slowly unfolding in the eyes of many fans. The Mandalorian is currently building its own confined world on Disney+, presumably leading to its very own connected small screen universe. Meanwhile, the publishing side of Star Wars is doing its own thing by introducing Star Wars: The High Republic into the fold.
For those unaware, The High Republic is a collection of prequel stories set in the golden age of the Jedi, an era that has yet to be explored in the Star Wars franchise. However, it seems that the future of The High Republic is more than just on the publishing side of things if a rumor is proven true.
Cinelinx shared in a report that “three new animated series” are in various stages of development over at Lucasfilm, one of which “would be set during The High Republic era.”
In addition, the outlet shared that there are also “whispers of a potential live-action series” that will be focused on The High Republic, but they are not sure if it's still in the cards.
WHAT THIS MEANS
At this point, the Star Wars franchise is slowly expanding. While fans can take this rumor with a grain of salt, it's still exciting to learn about the impending arrival of three new animated series set in the galaxy far, far, away. On top of that, what's even more fascinating is the fact that one of those will explore The High Republic era, essentially confirming that this golden age will be the next big thing of Star Wars.
In the months leading to The High Republic's release next month, several details about Lucasfilm's publishing initiative have emerged like wildfire. A good chunk of those were dedicated to the core protagonists and villains of the prequel series, providing fans with an in-depth breakdown of how these characters will directly affect the narrative.
Based on those details alone, it's clear that The High Republic has the potential to provide exciting storylines in the animated realm of Star Wars. It will be interesting to find out if Star Wars decides to finish The High Republic's run on the publishing side before eventually focusing on fully developing the rumored animated series.
Whatever the case, The High Republic is shaping up to be an exciting project for Star Wars, which bodes well for the future of the franchise.