Friday, June 20, 2014

Rian Johnson to direct 'Star Wars: Episode VIII', will write script for 'Episode IX'

The Star Wars news just keeps coming. After the big cast announcements earlier this Spring opened the floodgates, directors have been signing on for new Star Wars projects like there's no tomorrow. The first one to jump on board was Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, who will direct a Star Wars spin-off movie that will hit theaters on December 18, 2016. After that, Josh Trank (Chronicle, the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot) signed on for another spin-off, which will presumably be released in December of 2018. Today, we received news that Rian Johnson, the director of Brick and Looper, will be in the director's chair for Star Wars: Episode VIII and maybe even Episode IX.

While nothing has been confirmed by the Lucasfilm camp yet, Johnson has all but confirmed the rumor. When asked by a fan about the rumor, Johnson responded by posting a clip from The Right Stuff that has one of the astronauts saying this line of dialogue: "Please lord, don't let me f*** this up", which hints at the fact that Johnson is obviously a little bit frightened about doing a Star Wars movie. Deadline was first to report the news earlier today. In the article by Mike Fleming, it says that Lucasfilm is making a deal with Johnson and I wouldn't be surprised to see an official announcement soon. In addition to the news that Johnson will be directing Episode VIII, Rope of Silicon reported that Johnson will be writing Episode IX as well, with the option to direct. All of this is unconfirmed but it sounds like it could be true.

I haven't seen Looper, but after hearing this news, I plan to change that. I'm very excited that Disney is hiring fresh new talent for these films and as long as they let these guys do what they want to do, we should be in good shape. Safe to say that this new Star Wars trilogy is looking and sounding pretty good right now.

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