By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Lucasfilm just dropped some huge Star Wars news today! During their quarterly earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that they had just closed a deal with the Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson to direct not one, but a trilogy of new films. Shortly afterwards, Lucasfilm confirmed the details with president Kathleen Kennedy saying:
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi. 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.”
Johnson, along with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman, added in a joint statement:
“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi. 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.”
No release date has been set, and no details about the plot have been released. What we can be pretty sure about is that it probably will not be Episodes X – XII, since I doubt those would be announced this early. I personally hope that it will be something based on Knights of the Old Republic, but it could honestly be anything. The other thing this reveals is that the rumors of Lucasfilm laying off films after Episode IX were wildly inaccurate. I’m not surprised.
In other news, Iger also revealed that Star Wars will finally get a live-action television series set to premiere on Disney’s streaming service. George Lucas was famously working on a live action series called Star Wars: Underworld, which was set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but there’s no word on whether Disney’s series is based on that idea or will be something else. It does, however, remind me of how Star Trek: Discovery was used to launch CBS All Access.
Finally, Johnson’s trilogy and the live-action television shows aren’t the only Star Wars related news revealed. Iger also said that the upcoming Disney streaming service would produce four to five Star Wars films per year. Considering the costs and time associated with making a science-fiction film, I suspect that some — if not all — of these streaming films might actually be animated.
We know that Star Wars Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni has been involved in some other Star Wars related material, so he may have his hand in either the live-action series or possibly some of the films that will premiere on the streaming service.
Whatever the case, if you were worried that there would be less Star Wars after Episode IX, worry no more!