Star Wars: The Last Jedi (out this December) director Rian Johnson has been signed on to develop a brand new Star Wars trilogy, in a move that clarifies a lot of the decisions made by Disney over the last few months.
When Colin Trevorrow was removed from his role as Director on Episode 9, the bookies favourite for a long time was Episode 8 helmer Rian Johnson. Given the excitement and positive rumours coming out about The Last Jedi, it seemed logical to give the director role to the man who is essentially setting episode 9 up with this December’s release, and would therefore know the story and where things were going already.
That didn’t pan out, and JJ Abrams is returning for the final part of this third trilogy, having restarted the Star Wars universe with The Force Awakens. Questions immediately popped up in everyone’s mind as to why Rian Johnson wasn’t the guy. Did Disney not like what he’d done with Episode 8? Did Rian just grow sick of the Star Wars universe after so much time in it?
Today’s revelations unveil the real reason, that Rian Johnson can’t take on Episode 9 because he has his hands full with developing his own trilogy in the Star Wars world. There are no solid details about what, who or when Johnsons trilogy will focus on, but I think it’s pretty clear it’s not going to be Episodes 10, 11 and 12.
I hope we are taken to a previously unseen part and/or time of the Star Wars lore. Possibly a much desired “Old Republic” type film, given the success of Biowares massive online game based in that time period. This would mean an entirely new set of characters, no Solo’s no Skywalker’s, and no Fett’s. It’s a risk, and one that Disney would only allow someone they have a lot of faith in to attempt.
Of course this potential old republic trilogy is all just my speculation. The facts are The Last Jedi is just thirty-three days away, and Disney like what he did enough to give him a whole new trilogy.
That type of story gets me, as a huge fan of the franchise, extremely excited. Rian Johnson, the man behind Looper, Brick, and some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad, is already establed as an extremely talented writer and director. I can’t wait to see what has got Disney so confident in him that they’re willing to hand him the keys to the car, or rather, the Falcon.
Midnight on December 13th I will find out.