With the revolving door of directors that have been chosen by Lucasfilm to herald their franchise, looks like two directors prove solid. Along with J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson has not publicly quarreled with executives after completing the project he started Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Lucasfilm is so excited with him that they are giving him a chance to curate a new Star Wars trilogy for the studio.
Disney chief Bob Iger announced the plan during a Q4 2017 earnings call. Originally, according to Deadline, Johnson was slated to write and direct the first installment of the trilogy but later revised to say he will “write and direct a trilogy of films”. The new trilogy will focus on new characters, locations and set in a different galaxy.
Johnson is set to reteam with Ram Bergman, his longtime collaborator for the script. Shortly after the announcement, StarWars.com released a statement on their website.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, on the website. “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.”
Given how many directors were chosen for the Star Wars films, there were only two directors that had no behind-the-scenes issues. Much less taken over by other directors to complete the assigned projects. With The Last Jedi coming to theaters in a little over a month, it remains to be seen if this is a good thing. However, this could lead to Star Wars fatigue among a new trilogy and possibly more standalone movies.
You could almost say that Lucasfilm could be the Activision of the film industry. No release dates have been announced.