Last Jedi director to helm new Star Wars trilogy

11 November, 2017, 01:54 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • 'Star Wars' confirms Rian Johnson will create another all-new trilogy

Writer/director of "The Last Jedi", Rian Johnson, has been tapped by Disney and Lucasfilm to write and direct a new trilogy of "Star Wars" films.

The franchise has already begun branching out away from the Skywalker family with their anthology films, subtitled A Star Wars Story.

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Total revenue from Disney's cable business, the largest unit which includes ESPN and the Disney Channel, fell marginally to $3.95 billion in the fourth quarter, missing the $4.06 billion consensus of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi", the eighth episode in the Skywalker franchise, is to open in USA theaters on December 15.

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As viewers speculate what the Johnson Trilogy (as we're unofficially calling it) will be about, the timing of Lucasfilm's release is no coincidence. The current saga trilogy will wrap up on December 20, 2019 with the as-yet-untitled Episode IX, helmed by The Force Awakens director, J.J. Abrams.

The plans are welcome news not only to fans but also to Disney investors, who have enjoyed the profits from Disney's movie division, and to theatre chains, which could use a few more guaranteed hits on their screens. "We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi", she said. "Episode VIII" is written and directed by Johnson, and is the second film in the new sequel trilogy in following "The Force Awakens".

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Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, referred to Johnson as a "creative force" and that watching him make "The Last Jedi" was one of her favorite moments of her storied career. This year, The Last Jedi is expected to propel Disney to the top of the United States box office for a second straight year.

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