With incredible films such as Brick and Looper, director Rian Johnson had already established quite the career for himself- and that was BEFORE taking on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The highly anticipated sequel to The Force Awakens can be seen in theaters next month, and Disney must be impressed with the film because they’ve officially hired Johnson to develop a new Star Wars trilogy alongside his longtime collaborator Ram Bergman.
“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.”
In a joint statement about their involvement with the future projects, Johnson and Bergman said:
“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.”
Johnson will write and direct all three films of the trilogy.
News also broke that Disney is working on a live-action Star Wars television series that will be exclusively available on the company’s new streaming service. This show will join other series based on Monsters Inc. and High School Musical, in addition to an original entry from Marvel. Per Disney Chairman-CEO Bob Iger, the streaming service will be priced “substantially below” Netflix’s cost since the new service will offer less content. Cheap Star Wars is enticing to say the very least.
Are you excited for a completely new Star Wars trilogy from Rian Johnson? What about the new series? Sound off in the comments, and may the force always be with you.