Disney is intent on releasing a new Star Wars movie every year until approximately the heat death of the universe. There's no way around that; it is the way of things and we should submit to our media-conglomerate conquerors before it's too late. But what exactly those movies will be has remained a mystery, beyond Solo and Episode IX. That mystery became simultaneously solved and deepened today, with Disney's announcement that The Last Jedi's Rian Johnson would develop an entirely new trilogy to release after Episode IX.
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.”
Wow. That explains why Johnson wasn't hired to direct IX, at any rate.
Look, we joke a lot about Star Wars oversaturation, and the nonstop machine is a little overwhelming at times. But we're happy a bright, upstanding chap like Johnson is in charge of this new trilogy - he's a true cinephile, an energetic and creative filmmaker, and by all accounts, a great guy to work with. The news is also a sign that Lucasfilm is very, very happy indeed with The Last Jedi.
That Johnson is moving away from the Skywalker saga and introducing new characters is the best part of this announcement, though. It'll give him a chance to tell an original story, using the biggest and most expensive toybox available to any filmmaker in the world. And hey, we're cool with that. The most important question, of course, is: who will Noah Segan play?