And The Star Wars Light Sabre Is Passed To...Rian Johnson
As one of the few directors that hasn’t been fired or replaced during the new era of Star Wars movies, The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson has been chosen to develop the next, post-Skywalker trilogy. Only last week Lucasfilm honcho Kathy Kennedy was discussing plans to keep flogging this still very alive horse, post-JJ’s saga concluding Episode IX. With Rian taking the lead (and writing and directing at least the first of the films (probably more) this trilogy “will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored."
Here’s what Kennedy had to say abut the whole thing -“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi. 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.”
Johnson responded by tweeting - "Obviously I hope you like The Last Jedi. But man now I REALLY hope you like The Last Jedi."
The director and his co-writer Ram Bergman later issued this statement - “We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi. 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.”
In additional Wars news, Disney chief Bob Iger announced a new live action Star Wars TV series would be one of the big hitters when Disney launches its own streaming service in 2019. The show will be exclusive to the Netflix-killer subscription channel – all the better to lure subscribers on board – and will run alongside similar new and exclusive series based on Pixar’s Monsters Inc and High School Musical.
Meanwhile, you can expect to see the new Star Wars Trilogy begin in either 2020 or 2021 and run until…well…forever.
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