Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is set create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, a completely new story with different characters from a new corner of the galaxy. Disney announced today that they are “immensely proud” of The Last Jedi, calling it a powerful film.
President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy said “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 will write and direct the first installment in the new trilogy, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman, who worked with Johnson on Brick and Looper, producing.
“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.”
A long-term collaboration is welcome, with the relaunch of the universe fraught with difficulties since JJ Abrams The Force Awakens exploded on to screens only two years ago. With ambitious plans to release a new Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future, Disney hasn’t exactly had a smooth run with directors. So far Josh Trank (Fantastic Four) was dropped from the Bobba Fett spinoff. There were rumours that Disney was panicky about Gareth Edward’s original cut of Rogue One being ‘too dark’, although reshoots thankfully didn’t take much away from it. The Lego Movie creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired in the middle of filming from the Han Solo film and replaced by heavyweight Ron Howard. Finally Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic Park) was dropped from Star Wars: Episode IX after the formidable Jack Thorne was bought it to rework Treverrow’s and Derek Connolly’s script, and replaced by Force Awakens director JJ Abrams.
It seems Disney thinks Johnson is their next big thing, and we can’t wait to see his first film in the Star Wars universe. The Last Jedi launches December 14th in Australia.