– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Seeing a talented filmmaker jump onto a big franchise is a double-edged sword. On one hand you have someone hopping on board a project with a lot to bring to the table. They can bring their style and sensibilities to something in a unique way.

The flip side is that they are prevented from taking on more original, new ideas — ideas that helped make a name for them to begin with. Such is the case with Rian Johnson.

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The director of such films as Brick and Looper, Johnson has been a unique voice in the business, and with him developing a new Star Wars trilogy, we can’t help but wonder if this will prevent him from more unique ideas. When asked by /Film if his involvement in Star Wars would allow him to pursue his original ideas, he said:

“Yeah, that’s what I’m working on. That’s what I’m planning right now is the, ’cause I do have a couple of well-developed ideas, movies in my head that I had before this came around that I need to find time to do. And whether that means squeezing one in before the next trilogy starts or what have you. I think it’s gonna be really important to do that…

“…And I’ve got, the thing is I also have those in my head. I’ve got a couple of things I’m really excited about that are totally outside of the couldn’t be more different than Star Wars. And I need to, it’s gonna be a matter of figuring out how we do the next trilogy so that I can keep doing those, because yeah, as much as I am excited about Star Wars and everything and as deeply satisfying as it is to me, I think it’d be great to be able to do a few things outside of that too over the next 10 years.”

While it sounds like Johnson doesn’t have the faintest idea of how he’s going to fit these original ideas into his schedule, it also does sound like he knows that taking the time to pursue them is essential for his creative health.

Are you happy to hear that Johnson is still planning to tackle his own original ideas? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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  • Victor Roa

    this is the Del Toro question when he was working on the Hobbit.

    • Lenin1959

      Unlike del Toro, Rian Johnson has no habit of starting 100 projects just to leave them all!

      • Victor Roa

        there in lies the irony of this question.

        • Lenin1959

          For The Hobbit there was a book and a story Jackson and del Toro had to stick to mostly, but this new trilogy is an undiscovered country, a book not yet written. Johnson already said that it could happen anywhere in time and place in the Star Wars universe and might not even feature a single known character from the other movies. Unlike The Hobbit, there are almost no limits to imagination. This makes Johnson’s trilogy a totally different project compared to The Hobbit.

          • Victor Roa

            I don’t know…. like Del Toro still remains mum on Hobbit. Like it did turn out like New Line cinema was folded into WB, and the series became a dud when Jackson did it. And Jackson did seem to sleep walk into a film where he got everything he ever wanted.
            But this past year, it does seem even the Star Wars films aren’t that golden ticket as much as we all imagined they would be….. I mean, yeah, I’m honestly imagining Rain probably is going to make Ewoks Carrivan of Courage in Brick style but I don’t know, maybe he still has to hit the quota of whatever BS studio note.

          • Lenin1959

            Honestly, I enjoyed Jackson’s The Hobbit at least more than the DC movies and even a tiny bit more than Star Wars The Force Awakens. Rogue One was a better movie, though.

          • Victor Roa

            There stuff I enjoyed, but I did see that Jackson really was rushing it even when he was waaaaayyyyy too self indulgent. And it’s been said it’s was a somewhat rushed production since Del Toro left but had a story credit. Plus there was that one WB insider saying Jackson sleepwalked on it, and right now the amazon TV series…. something on the back end is kind fucked up with the Lord of the Rings right if they don’t trust actual real life Hobbit Peter Jackson.
            That’s my point, I mean it’s hard to predict some of these deals, and like we are seeing these play out much much much much worse. Like….. I don’t know what’s real about the Lord and Miller rumors, but like those guys worked on How I meet Your Mother and do animation for over 17 years, there’s a point where I smell BULLSHIT on some of those stories, but like right now with recent harassment news I don’t know maybe they ran around sets with Dildos and made it into a toxic set?
            But like, yeah, they make deals, and don’t know till maybe 3 years in hod badly this goes, but somehow we have seen Del Toro ditch his Hobbit deal, and then he went off to produce films like Split, Mama, Rise of the Guardians…. and it’s like what we hear about the DC rumors, “why make one big film when you can make 3 films out of it.”

  • Lenin1959

    This message got somehow deleted yesterday (fear of Disney?), so I will try it for a second and final time…


    Don’t read it unless you want to get spoilt.

    Really? Alright… You have been warned.

    The movie may be called The Last Jedi but is definitely featuring the First Jedi – yes, Snoke is the first jedi. He really is that old and he once was the balance being strong in both sides of the Force. There is even a sort of painting of him in the jedi temple on Act 2, oops, Ach’To. And the body we see might not be his real self, it could be just a sort of force projection.

    It seems we won’t find out quite a bit about Snoke in Episode VIII – will we see the last Jedi Luke Skywalker fighting or joining the first Jedi? We will see… Can’t wait to watch the movie! I hope Johnson delivers like he did with Brick and Looper!

    • Victor Roa

      I kinda zoned out there when you didn’t talk about Porgs or Crystal Foxes.

      • Lenin1959

        Soylent Green is… PORGS!

        • Victor Roa

          so long as it isn’t wookie.

          • Lenin1959

            They would work on it but the fur… People hate hair in their food.

          • Victor Roa

            At first I was going to say “I don’t want anything cute dead,” until I realize A New Hope, there’s that shot of Obi Wan holding a dead jawa onto a pit of fire.

  • Loveblanket

    I would think 3 new Star Wars films would be original films. On top of it, he’s a Star Wars geek so I’m pretty sure he’s fine where he is.

  • Fallout Boy!

    Fact is, he fucked up. He understands character, but not iconography. Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Luke Skywalker, Frodo, etc. All have something in common. At least, they did. Rian is a true intellectual: educated beyond his intelligence. He can drive the car but has no idea how or why it works, not really. Gary Kurtz got it. Kennedy doesn’t get it AT ALL.

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.