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Rian Johnson to WRITE and DIRECT Star Wars: Episode VIII

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Big news leaking out today that Looper Director, Rian Johnson, is to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. Not only that, we're also hearing suggestions that he's to write a treatment for the final installment of the third trilogy too.

Johnson has yet to put a foot wrong - both Brick and Looper are fantastic films with some great ideas so if the rumours are true this is a very good thing for the franchise.

Of course, that would also mean that JJ Abrams is only on board for one film - we had expected him to direct more than one Star Wars film having jumped ship from Star Trek so we're still categorizing this as a rumour for now.

It'll be interesting to see whether confirmation or denial of this rumour comes out of the Disney or Lucasfilm camps any time soon. Johnson himself has yet to make any statement other than to post the following video on Twitter. At least he appears to have a sense of humour about what he's taking on!

Source: Deadline

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Last updated: 06/08/2018 18:59:29

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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.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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