Porgs will take you far in this business, apparently.
Lucasfilm is all set to launch a new Star Wars trilogy separate from the current “episodic Skywalker saga.” The driving creative force will be Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, who will write and direct the first in this saga, with his longtime partner Ram Bergman on board to produce.
President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy (pretty much the biggest name in Star Wars nowadays) had this 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.”
And in a joint statement, Johnson and Berman effused:
“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.”
Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm and moved Star Wars ahead into its current direction of a new main trilogy and various spinoffs, I have been excited about the prospect of various filmmakers getting to play in the huge Star Wars sandbox. But alas, multiple directors have had creative differences with the Lucasfilm powers that be.
Perhaps Johnson will be able to buck that trend with this trilogy. Maybe he will somehow be able to marry an auteurist sensibility with the requirements of his corporate overlords. And considering how everyone involved appears to be happy with how Last Jedi turned out, maybe he already figured out how to do that.