Some major news has just dropped today, as Lucasfilm has announced that Rian Johnson will continue to work in the “Star Wars” universe for the foreseeable future, as he will be in charge of creating a brand new film trilogy!
Here is the official statement and details about this announcement from StarWars.com:
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.”
This is definitely some exciting news. While we knew Lucasfilm was very happy with Rian Johnson’s work on “The Last Jedi,” I was not expecting them to bring him on to create a brand new trilogy set apart from the Skywalker saga, but this has me really excited for not only this new trilogy, but even more so for Episode VIII given the confidence Lucasfilm clearly has in him.