Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rian Johnson is Making a New 'Star Wars' Trilogy

Everyone loves Rian Johnson. The fans are overall ecstatic with how The Last Jedi is turning out. A recent behind-the-scenes look at the film focused on his direction, with footage of the cast repeatedly praising his approach to the Star Wars universe. Our eternal sage Carrie Fisher even spoke from beyond the grave to join in: "He has flaws in other areas. I just don't know about them."
As it turns out, Lucasfilm loves him, too. And not just in the sense that he's the only Star Wars director of the past few years who hasn't had some kind of falling out with president Kathleen Kennedy. They love him so much that tonight they announced that they're giving him the reigns on an all-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he will write and direct.

No details have been given about the topic of these films, but the announcement promises that they'll be "separate from the episodic Skywalker saga" and they'll "introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored." 
In a recent interview on "The Star Wars Show," Kennedy suggested that new and beloved heroes Rey, Finn, and Poe could reappear in stories beyond Episode IX. However, it's clear that this new trilogy will be very different, and not just a money-grab extension on the Sequel Trilogy.

The best way for these movies to venture into truly uncharted waters would be to explore a new time period; specifically, the many, many years before The Phantom Menace. There's huge potential for epic stories involving the Jedi, Sith, and Mandalorians in the Old Republic era. They would be able to show us a whole new side of Star Wars without relying on nostalgia.

In a much quieter announcement, Disney CEO Bob Iger also confirmed that Star Wars will be getting a live-action television series on Disney's new streaming service. The main precedent for this is Star Wars: Underworld, a proposed live-action TV series that was first announced by George Lucas in 2005, put on hold in 2010, and then effectively dead in the water after Disney bought Lucasfilm.

It's hard for us to get excited for this trilogy when we know next to nothing about it. But perhaps the biggest takeaway from this announcement is that Lucasfilm is very confident in The Last Jedi. They're not waiting until after it premieres to make sure that Johnson can direct a film that wows fans, impresses critics, and rakes in tons of money; they're already pretty darn sure that he can. 
The short story? Star Wars: The Last Jedi may very well be as good as it looks.

What do you think of this announcement? Who or what do you want this new trilogy to focus on? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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