Rian Johnson continues to develop his Star Wars trilogy and Benioff and Weiss take a step back from the franchise

Rian Johnson continues to develop his Star Wars trilogy and Benioff and Weiss take a step back from the franchise

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Dir: Rian Johnson | Cast: Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill | Writers: George Lucas (based on characters created by), Rian Johnson

Despite ongoing, persistent, 'rumours' started by people who have a chip on their shoulder bigger than the second Death Star, Rian Johnson has confirmed he's still working on developing his new Star Wars trilogy and his words suggest he might be working in a post Rise of Skywalker universe leaving any historical Star Wars storytelling to Benioff and Weiss (or whoever ends up writing their films).

Talking to The Observer, Rian said "I think that the fun and challenging part of it is to dive in, figure out what’s exciting and then figure out what it’s going to be,” he said. “We’re doing something that steps beyond the legacy characters. What does that look like? To me, the blue sky element of it is what was most striking about it. I know the way that I’m coming at it and what’s fun about it for everyone in George Lucas’ films is figuring out, ‘what’s the next step?’ It really makes you think and figure out what the essence of Star Wars is for me and what that will look like moving forward."

While "stepping beyond the legacy" could mean a lot of things we definitely take his "what's the next step?" question to suggest we're heading forward in time in some way.

The great news, given Rian is still talking about his plans, is that he's still on board despite the actions of some who claim to be fans. We're excited to see what the Last Jedi director's vision for the franchise looks like outside of the bounds of the saga itself.

As far as the Benioff and Weiss movies, it appears that the $250m that Netflix threw at them may have taken their minds off of The Old Republic - and while they will be overseeing their vision of old world Star Wars, they are likely to only write the first of the films before handing over to others for any future installments.

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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