Rian Johnson, the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has been tapped by Disney to write and direct a brand new trilogy of films under the Star Wars umbrella—movies that won’t be in Disney’s “Star Wars Story” spinoffs, which are designed to be one-off movies.
Johnson is most famous for helming Brick and Looper before being chosen to direct The Last Jedi. It appears Disney’s faith in the director is so strong that they want to keep him busy for the next decade.
With all the controversy around the firing of Colin Trevorrow, Chris Lord and Phil Miller, Disney apparently got along swimmingly with Johnson, whose vision for The Last Jedi will be unveiled to the world in just over a month.
Many expected the director to quickly shift to Star Wars: Episode IX following the departure of Trevorrow, but that job ultimately went to J.J. Abrams. Johnson’s involvement in this new trilogy might be why.
According to a post on StarWars.com, this new trilogy will be separate from the episodic Skywalker saga. That leaves a lot of room for Johnson to work with, because it allows him to dive into what happened long before the Jedi Order and the rise of the Empire.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said she is excited to see what Johnson creates “with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
“We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films,” Johnson said in response to the news.
This is huge for Star Wars fans, because not only will it extend the Star Wars franchise, but it will further expand the property beyond the Skywalker family. The possibilities are endless. We’ll have more thoughts on the news once we’ve had time to digest it.
For now, a reminder that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on December 15, 2017.