For the longest time now, Star Wars fans have been wondering, what next? We know that the newest trilogy that centres around Rey, will come to a close in 2019. We also know that Lucasfilm is working on a bunch of Star Wars spinoffs, including 1 about Obi-Wan Kenobi. But, as awesome as the spinoff(s) have been and potentially, will continue to be, it is the main saga that people actually look forward to.
Well, as it turns out, Lucasfilm has been planning something HUGE. Lucasfilm announced today that Rian Johnson, the director of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, is working on a new Star Wars trilogy. And for the first time in the history of Star Wars, this trilogy WILL NOT revolve around the Skywalkers. Here’s what the Lucasfilm honcho, Kathleen Kennedy had to say:
We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi. 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.
In a joint statement, Rian Johnson and his longtime collaborator, Ram Bergman (who is working with Johnson on the new trilogy) had this to say:
We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi. 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.
While the Skywalker saga has been the foundation of “Star Wars” for the longest time, the animated series, comics, and novels have shown us that the universe is much bigger than that. With Lucasfilm choosing to move away from Skywalker family drama, Johnson and Bergman will have a bigger sandbox to play in and explore various storylines and characters, without having to worry too much about continuity.
This news is also an indicator that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” would most likely be a brilliant film, seeing how much confidence Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy has in Rian Johnson. After all, Kathleen Kennedy is not someone who’s easily pleased, having parted ways with the pairing of Lord & Miller as well as Colin Trevorrow.