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– by Nick Doll
Rian Johnson’s first Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, only arrived in theaters this past Thursday. Though fan reaction has been mixed, critics love the film, and I insist it is the most fun I’ve had watching a Star Wars film since I originally saw the first three movies during their Special Edition theatrical re-release in 1997.

Lucasfilm and Disney were surely satisfied with the final product, giving Johnson the reigns to his own Star Wars trilogy, of which he will plan the three film narrative as well as write and direct the first film, as he did with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The Hollywood Reporter has a fantastic interview with Rian Johnson and his producer since his first film Brick, Ram Bergman, about The Last Jedi, in which Johnson gives some clues as to where his new trilogy might go and when we may see it.

First, Johnson was asked if he was going to take some time off after Last Jedi‘s release, or if he was immediately jumping into planning and writing his new trilogy:

“We’re going to figure out the timing of the next one. We haven’t figured it out yet. I’ll say, I don’t feel like, ‘Oh my God, I’m exhausted, I need to sit on a beach for a month.’ I feel creatively energized right now. I feel like I want to jump right into work. This whole process has left me feeling ready to jump in and do it again right away. I don’t know why. I don’t know if that’s a good sign.”

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The Hollywood Reporter also asked if Johnson has yet given thought where in the Star Wars timeline the trilogy will fit:

“I’m at the very beginning of trying to come up with it, and honestly, timeline-wise, I’m not sure yet. In a way it’s interesting, but in a way it’s the least interesting part of it to me. I’m more thinking of what’s the story going to be, who is it going to follow? What elements is it going to have? What kind of drama is in it? My head right now is more in that place. I haven’t really, really gotten into it. Right now I’m mostly excited by the potential and just starting to form little clusters of ideas of what it might become.”

That’s not much to go on, but I’ll take any details about future Star Wars films I can get! Especially when they are in the capable hands of Rian Johnson.

After seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, do you think Rian Johnson is the man to be trusted with an entire new Star Wars trilogy? Or did you hate his film? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

  • Dirty Frank

    Absolutely the guy to helm the new trilogy. The Last Jedi was excellent. Every character motivation was earned, every action taken informed by it, every action had consequences. All wrapped around a story of deconstructing the hero legend and how damaging the idea of hero’s can be, not to mention a somewhat understated and yet well done observation on PTSD with a certain character of what 25 years of war and then failure could do to even the strongest character. Superb piece of work, took me back to feeling like a kid again seeing the OT at the cinema and at the same time satisfied the grown up who wanted a deeper story.
    He’s the guy for sure. As far as I’m concerned anyway.

    • Kronx

      The literary gymnastics of TLJ are crazy awesome.

    • Hobbs

      Well said. I avoided reading the comments for the last 4 days because I knew the naysayers would be dominating the boards. TLJ is a wonderful film. I like the departure from a typical trilogy format. I like the big reveals and closing of some character arcs. It showed you the Legend of Luke Skywalker was bigger then the actual Luke Skywalker. How often is that true when you are looking at a Legend? It showed you the force is bigger then the Skywalker family. The center of the sw galaxy doesn’t evolve around the Skywalker’s and it shows you how vast the universe can truly be storytelling wise. Johnson opened up the sw galaxy the way we’ve been wanting them to do and it did it within the constraints of an episode film. He is absolutely the guy to do the new trilogy away from the Skywalkers.

      • Dirty Frank

        Fully agree with all your points. it’s a Star Wars film that addressed PTSD, it explored reality vs legend, it showed that everyone has failures and can be crushed by them – and that they can redeem themselves. Your point about him opening up the universe to be as large as it should be is so spot on – it absolutely SHOULD be about more than just the Skywalker family, and has to be to move forward. I’m sure Luke will appear as a ghost in the next, as would be appropriate, but now the new characters can really shine. I do hope that the next trilogy will make use of the open universe Johnson has just created. And I bet JJ Abrams is sh/tting himself now Johnson opened it up like that and ejected some of his more conventional elements.

        • Hobbs

          JJ talks about his love of writing. So as a writer I hope he takes the challenge Rian Johnson gave him and runs with it. Instead of using the film to tie up all the story threads he started he needs to think of something new. I sure as hell hope he spends the film changing TLJ reveals. He has publicly stated he loved the script for TLJ so I’m hoping that’s why he jumped at the chance to do ep 9, so that he could take that challenge that’s been presented to him. No more nostalgia to rely upon, it has to be a movie about the new characters only…well, with a Luke ghost thrown in.

          • Dirty Frank

            Luke ghost is a must. But everything else now has to be out of left field. He has to follow Johnson’s lead into the larger more open story.

    • David Prins

      Fully agree. It has been exposed on Reddit and other various places that trolls have been creating dozens of fake accounts to shit on Star Wars and on top that, nerds who are pissed off about the whole canon factor that didn’t align with the plotlines of the books or their own theories. Phenomenal movie.

      • Dirty Frank

        Yeah it’s pretty obvious. There’s plenty of people who genuinely didn’t like it, that’s fair, I hate the prequels with a passion bordering on lunacy. But on various movie sites with this we’re seeing new accounts spring up just to post sh/t on the film. It’s not all of the criticism, but it’s certainly a big chunk.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    I need to watch The Last Jedi again. Once wasn’t enough.