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‘Star Wars’ Bombshell - Rian Johnson To Write, Direct Next Two Films

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Rarely have I seen the revival of a film franchise stir so much fervor as Star Wars, among hot young filmmakers who grew up loving George Lucas’ original film trilogy. In a bombshell move, I’m told that Lucasfilm is making a deal with Looper writer-director Rian Johnson to write and direct Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX. Essentially, that means that the intention is for Johnson to take the baton from JJ Abrams, who has gotten the space franchise off the ground and is right now helming Episode VII. I don’t know too much more at this point, but it is in keeping with Disney and Lucasfilm’s strategy of entrusting the venerable franchise to the best and brightest writers and directors, including the spinoff films that are being directed by Chronicle‘s Josh Trank and Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards.

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Crazay1219d ago

I think I can speak for everyone when I say....

"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaattttt!?? !?"

darklordzor1219d ago

Honestly, I'm not all that surprised. What surprises me is that we know so soon. I was fairly confident Abrams would only be brought on to direct the first film, and that he may have a hand in some of the others. I fully expected the others to be directed by someone else.

Crazay1219d ago

Not me. I was sure as shit that after the first movie came out and it was clever but felt totally canon, then we'd hear that they backed a dump truck up to his front door step and signed him on for the others. Personally, I would have preferred they did that because directors all have such different styles and techniques that they might feel disjointed.

darklordzor1219d ago

Totally digging this choice! I loved Looper and it's so well crafted. I can't wait to see what he does with Star Wars.

Crazay1219d ago

I never got around to seeing Looper. I heard decent things but it was never super high on my must watch list.

GamersHeaven1219d ago

Not surprising there doing it like they did with original trilogy.Never seen looper looked interesting I'll check it out this weekend.