Rian Johnson expanding ‘Star Wars’ for new trilogy

FILE PHOTO: Director Rian Johnson poses for a portrait while promoting the movie
FILE PHOTO: Director Rian Johnson poses for a portrait while promoting the movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on December 3, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

December 7, 2017

By Rollo Ross

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As “Star Wars” fans gear up for “The Last Jedi,” the anticipated next installment in the Skywalker series, its star and writer-director shed some light on how the franchise was mapping a future beyond the beloved characters.

Rian Johnson, writer-director of “The Last Jedi,” will be overseeing a new trilogy of “Star Wars” films that will explore far-away corners of the galaxy, Walt Disney Co said in November.

“I’m just in the very beginning phases of coming up with it so right now the sky is kind of the limit,” Johnson said while promoting “The Last Jedi” last week.

“The appeal of it to me is to do a new story told over three movies, to have that kind of canvas, to be in the Star Wars world and to have the feel of a Star Wars film,” he said.

The new stories will not follow the Skywalker saga, which George Lucas kicked off with 1977’s “Episode IV: A New Hope.”

Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion, and rebooted the “Star Wars” franchise with the Skywalker trilogy and standalone films like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

Johnson’s “The Last Jedi” picks up the Skywalker story after 2015’s blockbuster “The Force Awakens,” in which a new generation of characters was introduced with returning favorites Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Fisher died last year.

(Reporting by Rollo Ross for Reuters TV; Writing by Piya Sinha-Roy)

  • stevens123

    I love the Star Wars trilogy, the original. The prequels were meh. Ultimately they wrapped up 30 years in about 45 seconds. Rogue One sort of filled in a gap. Force Awakens was non-nonsensical. Storm Troopers are clones of an hispanic-looking bounty hunter, not a black guy or Amazon woman (and they’re not silver or know how to use a light sabre). The Sith are not whinny, petulant children. I won’t even get into the chick knowing Jedi moves and how to use a light sabre with no training.

    That said, I already have my opening day tickets to the latest installment.

  • stevens123

    The Star Wars folks apparently don’t know what ‘trilogy’ means.

    • Disgusted by the Misleadia

      No, this is about a new trilogy, to start after the conclusion of this one.

      Episode IX (the conclusion of this trilogy) is already in pre-production.

  • skyhawk

    With Disney pulling the strings, I can guarantee that the new Trilogy will be nothing but an emotionally masturbatory, politically correct disaster of cosmic proportions.

    The Jedi will be dedicated to scanning the Galaxy searching for molesters of women and the Sith Lord will be a Donald Trump look-a-like.

    Bet me!

  • Norman Figgs

    I think it is a shame that since the sale of star war, that they no longer release the novels until months after
    the movie comes out? They are more concerned about box office $$, than encouraging people to read, especially the younger audience, BUT i guess the is what Disney has evolved into, a money grubbing org. poor Walt, what would think of this, DISNEY shame on you!

  • Doctor B

    I hope Disney can keep the fun and action formula going. Star Wars has always been pure entertainment but if the story or direction gets bogged down, like last year’s Rogue One, fans will be disappointed.

  • Victor Nazarian

    It will be fun. The best part is the fact that the original Star Wars is still so good and so watchable. If they can keep up with that standard it’ll be great. Whatever the case, it’ll be fun.

  • The Lisan al Gaib

    Personally I would like to see a weekly show, along the lines of the X-Wing book series. showing the campaigns of the Rebellion/New Republic against the Empire. If they did it similar to the Battlestar Galatica style of drama interspersed with sci-fi action, in the familiar universe far far away; then it would probably do well.