Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy seems to have up and vanished like a fart in the wind, to quote Warden Norton from Shawshank. It seemed at one point to be the next big project happening in Star Wars. After all, that trilogy was announced before J.J. Abrams was back on board for Episode 9. Then, everything went quiet and Lucasfilm announced a new trilogy led by Game of Thrones showrunners Benioff and Weiss. That project was canned fairly quickly and the fate of Star Wars movies was left hanging. Next up, we had a movie announced from Taika Waititi, and one produced by Marvel President Kevin Feige. Again, there was no mention of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy.
Cue the Disney Investor Day when all those Disney+ projects were announced, plus a new Star Wars movie from Patty Jenkins, Rogue Squadron. Taika’s movie is still happening, and so is Kevin Feige’s, though no date for that yet. Yet again, there was no mention of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy. One would imagine at this point that Johnson’s trilogy had been quietly shelved. However, according to Johnson himself, that’s not the case.
Johnson recently spoke with Sariah Wilson of USA Today. Wilson then tweeted out that Johnson told her his Star Wars trilogy is still on. There are simply no dates or timelines yet because he is working on other projects. Check it out
I'm just going to post this now because I can see that I'm going to get a lot of requests –
Yes, Rian's SW trilogy is still on. No dates or timelines because he has other projects going on, but it is happening.
THAT IS ALL I KNOW ABOUT IT. 😁😁😁
— Sariah Wilson (@sariahwilson) February 16, 2021
So, will we end up at some point with a Star Wars trilogy that’s written and directed by Rian Johnson? Honestly, I will believe it when I am sitting in the cinema and not before. I just think Johnson and Abrams names are mud amongst too many Star Wars fans now. Between the two directors they made an awful sequel trilogy which not only wasn’t any fun, it totally undermined the story that came before it.
Do I think Rian Johnson could pull something off, yes. I think if Johnson had his own trilogy, which was not connected to the main saga, it could work. However, I would advise Johnson to hire someone who understands military strategy a little more then he did. Johnson’s stupid military conflicts which made no sense were one of the things I really struggle with in his movie. I’m not going through them all again here. But feel free to check out The Last Jedi edition of The Cantina, where Kyle and I tried to explain how stupid all these military decisions were to Jammer who completely disregarded them all.
I live Knives Out, I think Johnson is a decent writer and a good director, but he was not right for Star Wars. If he is determined to try again, he needs to look at his weaknesses and improve them for next time, that means getting someone who knows that chasing a ship slowly through space is a bad idea in this Universe. Although, I have to be honest and say I’d be just as happy for Johnson to never work on Star Wars again, so there’s that.
What’s your thoughts, will we ever see Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy? Do you want to see a Star Wars trilogy from Johnson? Either way for either question, leave us your thoughts below.