Dave Filoni Teases What His Star Wars Movie Will Be: ‘You’re Looking For Moments That Define An Era’: Empire magazine
'Speculation abounds as to what that movie will involve – is it another step in the wider Mandalorian-Ahsoka-Thrawn story, or could it be the culmination of the whole thing? “Culmination is an interesting word,” teases Filoni, speaking to Empire at Star Wars Celebration. “The way I look at it, there are [small] stories, and then there’s the big story of the day, too. A New Hope, Empire and Return Of The Jedi tell the important parts of the tale that really define the history of the period. There are all kinds of sub-stories underneath that. We’ve been building all these small stories.” If the Disney+ series have allowed time to establish these characters and the New Republic era they inhabit, the movie is all about creating a bigger picture. “To me, a theatrical experience has to have a big idea – a monumental moment in the time period that changes what’s happening,” says Filoni. “What Tony [Gilroy] has done [in Andor] and what we did in Rebels, everything then changes when Luke blows up the Death Star. You’re looking for those moments that define an era, and that’s what the films really should be about – whether it’s characters coming together, or a defining moment.”
Filoni is open to all possibilities. “I have ideas, of course. I will not tell you what they are!” he laughs. But with Thrawn entering play, the fall of the New Republic in the distance, and plenty of Legends canon material to draw from (including the return of military base Tantiss in The Bad Batch, taken from Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn-centric Heir To The Empire novels) it should make for a thrilling tale. “There are little things along the way that I’ve built across different mediums, all in preparation for things that come later,” promises Filoni.’
Going on that it would appear this is likely going to be Thrawn or moving along the cloning stories, perhaps a mixture of both?