In just a few weeks, The Last Jedi will be in theaters, and is all you will hear people talking about. Judging from the trailers and all of the promotion, it looks like it will be a fantastic edition to the franchise. How good will it be, exactly? Apparently, Disney and Lucasfilm think it’s incredible. So incredible that they’ve signed director Rian Johnson up to create an entirely new Star Wars trilogy. Wait. What?
A press release dropped this evening, making the announcement: check it out here. While details are scarce, we do know that this new trilogy will move away from the Skywalker saga and, “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.” While the news is intriguing, it’s way too early to tell how the new trilogy will be received.
In case you were wondering what else Johnson has directed…it’s an extremely short list. The only film I have ever seen, or heard of for that matter, is the Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt sci-fi movie, Looper. I cannot wait to see what George Lucas’s reaction to this news will be.
Disney is also developing a live-action Star Wars TV show that will air on their Netflix-like streaming service, planned for 2019. Check out the available details here. There are already 2 hit animated shows, so the jump to live action seems like the next logical step. Disney has been making huge moves lately and clearly plans on riding the Star Wars train for a long, long time.
What do you think? Is a new trilogy and live-action show a smart idea or are they destined for a ride with Boba Fett down the sarlacc pit?