Simon Kinberg on the Star Wars Canon and the Cross Transition Between Projects


Star Wars: Rebels writer and executive producer Simon Kinberg sat down with MovieFone to discuss his role in shaping the new Star Wars canon, sharing his excitement about the new era of cross continuity between different Star Wars projects, and more.



From MovieFone:

“I’m very excited,” Kinberg says of the emerging cross-pollination of characters, concepts, and content between “Star Wars” projects. “I think part of the fun of the way they’re building the universe is that it is interconnected between the different movies and even beyond the movies … It’s something that was true in comic books going back, the way that you’d have interconnections between characters and stories. Even sometimes from DC to Marvel. I like the way that those stories are told in the larger tapestry.


“And, also, getting to work with other artists and filmmakers and writers, and use their talents — I like not being by myself in a room when I work,” he adds. “I like having other collaborators. You’re with some of the world’s best.”


It’s a plan that’s been put to very effective use on “Star Wars Rebels,” with the carefully crafted inclusion of characters from the classic films — including Darth Vader, Lando Calrissian, C-3P0, and R2-D2 — and breakout personalities from the animated tie-ins — such as Ahsoka Tano and the Clone Trooper Rex — with more slated to appear in the upcoming third season.


“What’s lovely is, obviously, we’ve brought in characters from ‘Clone Wars’ in the second season, and we keep sort of bringing characters from the original movies and sort of deepening the relationships between our core characters, the Ghost crew,” says Kinberg. “So it’s trying to balance the two different things, like the original cast from the first season with ‘Clone Wars,’ with characters from the original movies, and maybe even feeding into future movies.”


Apart from his Rebels duties currently Simon Kinberg is also writing the script for the third untitled Star Wars spin-off film. As you remember, this spin-off film was initially expected to be the second one in the series, but after the problems with director Josh Trank (personally recommended by Kinberg) the movie was pushed back to 2020 (still not confirmed).


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16 thoughts on “Simon Kinberg on the Star Wars Canon and the Cross Transition Between Projects

  • July 2, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    while he written the fantastic four film too, the fact that he writes rebels makes me think of a Rebels tie-in of that spin-off…

    • July 3, 2016 at 1:30 am

      It’s possible. Gary Whitta who wrote the first draft to R1 wrote at least one episode for the upcoming season of Rebels. So we could actually get our first look at one or two of the characters from R1 in Season 3.

      • July 3, 2016 at 9:56 pm

        I think they’ll heavily focus on rogue one tie-ins this season, or at least in the first half. That would allow to keep on with the maul-vader arc after rogue one is out.

        • July 4, 2016 at 1:16 am

          I don’t think they will focus on Rogue One very much at all.

          • July 4, 2016 at 4:24 pm

            With the opportunities given by Saw Gerrera? I’m pretty sure we’ll get him, together with some of the vehicles in the film, or better the vehicle rpototypes, aswell as mon mothma. Because R1 is coming out this year they just wouldn’t miss the opportunity

          • July 4, 2016 at 5:54 pm

            They might do a bit, but I don’t think they will “heavily” focus on it. I would like to see it.

        • July 4, 2016 at 5:56 am

          This is likely for S3. S4 hasn’t been confirmed yet.

  • July 3, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Fingers crossed Benicio Del Toro is Ezra in episode 8. After Saw Gerrera character, that gives me more hope. I know some people would think,but they need to explain it for people who didn’t watch CW or Rebels. Well,they don’t need to. For us who watched cartoon series,it would mean much more,but for people who didn’t,they can just give them 2-3 lines in the movie,like they will probably do with Saw Gerrera. My predictions: Saw is talking to Jyn Erso (I knew Anakin once,I fought with him in Clone Wars,he was good general,but now,he is servant of Darkness) And that would be enough for people who didn’t watch CW,but for us,it will be sooo much more. They could also do with Ezra

    • July 3, 2016 at 5:18 am

      They wouldn’t even need to do that much for Saw. They don’t have to mention his past any more than that he is an extremist Rebel. It all depends on what his role in the story is.

      The same goes with Benecio and Ezra. We don’t know the role so hoping for that is just an alien concept to me.

    • July 3, 2016 at 5:37 am

      They don’t got to explain jack.

      If fans don’t know who Saw is, he’ll be no different than a brand new character created for this movie. Just tell us everything we need to know for Rogue One.

      • July 3, 2016 at 6:54 am

        Exactly. That insane “but we would need an explanation for […]” argument is overused and underwhelming.

    • July 4, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Nobody knows that Darth Vader is Anakin. Bloodlines already established that. BDT is not Ezra. Saw Gerrera is the most minor of minor characters that’s why he’s in the movie.

  • July 3, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    They should have stuck to something like the droids and have a Chopper cameo seeing as how they already made a mockup one for the Rebels Recon videos.

    Much like comic book to film costumes, Shit that looks cool in animation doesn’t exactly translate to the live-action universe that SW has already established that’s a bit more realistic.

    • July 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm


      Id rather see a film; A COMING AGE ORIGIN STORY ABOUT jAR jAR as he naviagtes the halls of power in his post Ep. 2 role as Representative Binks, his foibles and triumphs as a Falstaff esque foil unable to escape the prison of Farce in Film and in spite of you – the exclusion of your dumb ideas forever.

      Anythony Daniels is already at the saturation level

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