Things have been quiet in a galaxy far, far away as to the future of the franchise but director Rian Johnson has confirmed that he is still developing his “Star Wars” trilogy. The vocal backlash of fans against ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ had many wondering if Kathleen Kennedy and LucasFilm could have changed direction moving forward. The studio had such a great working relationship with Johnson that they greenlit a new trilogy from the director without hearing a plot in his pitch and would give him free reign in telling a story that had no connection to the Skywalker Saga.
Outrage at Johnson’s creative choices left some fans claiming to be done with the franchise and even fueled the rumor as to why the turnout for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘ actually was the first “Star Wars” movie to lose money at the box office. Released only five months after ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ it is easy to see why that may have been one of the factors, though a plagued production, timing, and marketing all could just as easily have been an issue.
While any future “A Star Wars Story” spinoffs have been put on hold indefinitely, much like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’, the director has confirmed that his work is not one of the casualties of Lucasfilm potentially changing their gameplan. The director was recently asked if he was still working on the trilogy and gave a simple response of:
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) August 29, 2018
At this time, after ‘Star Wars: Episode IX‘ there are no details as to when another film in the franchise will be released. The only movie they have on the docket is ‘Indiana Jones 5’ in 2021 which means we’ll either be getting a surprise announcement at Star Wars Celebration 2019 or could be left high and dry on new films for the foreseeable future.
At least there is ‘Star Wars Resistance‘ and a new live-action series being developed to help tide fans over.
Are you happy to hear that Rian Johnson is still putting together a “Star Wars” trilogy or are you in the camp that wishes it was scrubbed? Share your thoughts in the comments below!