– 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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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.