After directing Star Wars: The Last Jedi for Disney and Lucasfilm, Rian Johnson has signed a deal to create a new Star Wars trilogy that will be set in a different galaxy and feature a brand new set of characters, Disney chief Bob Iger announced Thursday on an earnings call.
Johnson will write and direct the first film, which will be produced by Ram Bergman. While it’s possible that Johnson could wind up directing the entire trilogy, he may also choose to hand over the reins to one of his talented colleagues.
Disney and Lucasfilm stated they are “immensely proud” of The Last Jedi, and that the new trilogy will exist separately from the episodic Skywalker saga.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”
“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “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.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on Dec. 15, though the new films don’t have any release dates, and according to Disney, “no porgs were available for comment.”
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief