Star Wars Trilogies To Continue Until You Die & Then Ever After
Did you really think it was over with Star Wars: Episode IX? Silly rabbit, there’s money to be printed.
When Colin Trevorrow was fired from Star Wars: Episode IX, fans wondered if Rian Johnson, the only director to successfully make a Star Wars movie without a single drop of drama would be tapped to direct. But no! Instead, the powers that be at Lucasfilm and Disney decided it would be better to go back to J.J. Abrams, who managed to make Star Wars Episode VIII: The Force Awakens while keeping whatever drama and reshooting drama there was relatively quiet, which is the next best thing.
So why not Johnson? Did he say no? (Would a director *really* say no to Star Wars?) Turns out, it wasn’t that at all. He was just busy…. signing up to write and direct the first movie of the next, all-new trilogy that will follow after Episode IX. Episode X, let’s call it.
Star Wars revealed the news only a few minutes ago:
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.
So the good news! We’re done with the Skywalkers. Done. D.U.N. Done. Nor will we be spinning off to do The Finn and Poe Saga or The All New Adventures Of Rey The Jedi. This is Lucasfilm starting over, complete with all new characters, all new planets and all new everything, just set in the Star Wars universe.
That’s a huge deal. Even those we’ve now had stand-alone “anthology” films alongside our trilogy added, not to mention cartoons and so forth, everything always leads back to the Skywalkers. Rogue One? Solo? These are absolutely part of the story they’re already telling. They’re just extra lost chapters, like sand scrolls found in pots in the desert.
This is something completely new. And that’s a good thing. And they’re trusting Rian Johnson to create it. That’s about as high an honor as anyone has ever been given in the world of Lucasfilm.
“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.”
No dates set yet, since Star Wars Episode IX isn’t even filming. We assume we’ll see Disney stake out the first few when they start diving into announcing films for the 2020s in a year or so.