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