The director of The Last Jedi returns to the galaxy far, far away…
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the galaxy far, far away…
Lucasfilm has confirmed that Rian Johnson, director of the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is set to return to the franchise in the future tasked with creating an all new trilogy set in a distant corner of the galaxy, and untouched in Star Wars mythology before.
With Star Wars: The Last Jedi a little more than a month away, Lucasfilm have moved swiftly to confirm that Johnson, will not only be returning to write the project, but he will also be assuming directorial responsibilities.
The new trio of movies will focus on brand new characters and events set against the backdrop of the Star Wars universe.
Here is the official Lucasfilm press release:
For director Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was just the beginning of his journey in a galaxy far, far away.
Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce.
As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.”
Whether this move will prove to be successful remains to be seen. If Star Wars: The Last Jedi goes on to be an overwhelming success with the fans, they will undoubtedly accept this news with open arms.
Once again, the fans have been given A New Hope for the future, all we can do now is wait and see what happens next!
But, is too much of a good thing a bad thing? Food for thought!
Until next time
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