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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

UPDATE: Rian Johnson took to Twitter to comment on the recent announcement saying:

We hope so too.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Lucasfilm must be REALLY happy with the work writer-director Rian Johnson did on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, because they just announced some HUGE news regarding the Star Wars universe going forward.

According to the studio, Rian Johnson is creating a brand new Star Wars trilogy, and will be writing and directing the first entry. An important side note here is that this new trilogy will be different from the episode Skywalker saga.

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What does this mean? Are we now having three branches of story: saga, anthologies, and new trilogy, or will this new trilogy be taking the place of the Star Wars saga for the next six years or so? So many questions we have, and given the size of the universe, the opportunities are endless.

“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 producer Ram 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.”

If nothing else, this definitely proves that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will likely be a huge treat for audiences. Unless Lucasfilm’s own tastes are woefully off, this means that film will likely be another big hit for the franchise.

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SOURCE: Lucasfilm

  • Victor Roa

    Wow, 3 film contract, hope he can pull it off.

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      Luckily, they’re not tying him down to write and direct all three. That would be ridiculous.

      • Victor Roa

        there are therapeutic Porg stress relievers on the Lucasfilm offices.

  • DubCheezy

    Wow, The Last Jedi must be a phenomenal film, my anticipation has increased immensely.

  • Very interesting and I guess it’s going to take time for details to emerge. Who knows what this will be?

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Out of all the applicants he’s the one who works best with the Mouse/Lucasfilm. The others were obviously problematic and didn’t share the same vision. JJ is simply a hired goon that provides safe entertainment. It seems like this will be the franchise moving forward. But in which direction?
    1. Abandon the Force and go for a shooter. You can have elements of the Force as it exists in the universe, but no one will wield a light saber.
    2. Place it years into the future after the events of the current trilogy. No more Jedi or Sith wars. You can have a new sect of Force users who are no longer in politics. We will have two opposing sides of the republic with a real gray area. We are not sure who to root for. Like the opening crawl on Episode 3, there are heros on both sides. Space Wars!!!
    3. We follow the life of a Jawa clan as they travel from settlement to settlement trying to make a living in the galaxy. They are so small and weak that they get robbed, bullied, and stepped on at every chance. Their numbers dwindle until we end up with one lone Jawa at a space port drinking the last of his years away.

    • Victor Roa

      number 3, number 3, number 3!!!!! Jawas have a lot more to explore then other cute creatures aimed for children in the series because they are thieves, scam artists to old people, they live in trash, and their brothers.

    • Bruce Norris

      “STAR WARS” ain’t Star Wars without jedi. What was one of, if not the best, part of “ROUGE ONE”?

      Donnie Yen as a “believer”.

    • Kronx

      I want a new Osmosis Jones but about Midichlorians.

  • randomironicname

    Cool! I wonder if they are also continuing the Skywalker saga as another trilogy. That would start to be too much Star Wars saturation. Seems like more than one movie a year will cheapen the brand. Marvel’s been making it work but I’ve skipped a few of their movies in the theaters where I never plan to miss a SW!

  • suckit15694

    mark my word this will not come to be

  • steadymobb

    Okay so this means the last jedi must be amazing…. I’m so excited

  • Moby85

    Nothing has hyped me up more to see what The Last Jedi is than this announcement. Disney’s going all out on Rian and he must have done something good.

  • Lenin1959

    I hope they don’t fire him… Then again, he was allowed to finish episode VIII. The Mousepire seems to be convinced that he is a loyal stromtrooper.

    I loved Brick and Looper. I have high hopes for episode VIII but will wait until I have watched it to decide what to think of a Johnson led new trilogy (and the first trilogy not dealing with the Skywalkers).

  • surethom

    Fantastic News, hopefully more on the Empire side, will be nice to see another part of the star wars universe.

    For the New Star wars TV series lets hope Netflix can get the rights for outside the USA.

  • Shirerat

    There is next to no chance this will be about Knights of the Old Republic. Their policy for each movie has been to free the writer/director team to create things basically from scratch and do what they want with it. They haven’t bound anyone to adapt Lucas’ ideas or the Expanded Universe-they’re not going to make Rian Johnson adapt a video game. They know the fans want it, but they will probably hang onto KOTOR as their ace in the hole and only use it when the movies start to lose money.

  • Brafdorf

    maybe this means it’ll be the ROTJ of the current trilogy

  • Jeremy Alexander

    I hope the new trilogy is set in the far future of the current timeline so we can see how the galaxy has changed due to the legacy of the Skywalker family with new challenges and stories with no jedi and no sith, but new types of force users.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.