Rian Johnson & Lucasfilm Developing A New Stand-Alone 'Star Wars' Trilogy

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Disney and Lucasfilm have officially announced that director Rian Johnson will be developing a brand new Star Wars trilogy!

Here's the official press release from Disney:

For director Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was just the beginning of his journey in a galaxy far, far away.

Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce. 

As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.

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“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “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.” 

Wow! Talk about exciting stuff! Not only does this mean we'll be enjoying a brand new set of Star Wars adventures in the near future from a distant part of the Star Wars universe. This also means that writer and director Rian Johnson has crafted what could very well be the best Star Wars film of all-time in The Last Jedi, considering how much faith the studio has in him.

So what about you guys and gals? Do this blow your mind? Are you ready for a completely different Star Wars saga set outside the Skywalker saga? Please, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Lets start a cool Star Wars discussion. As always, thanks for stopping by EastCoastMovieGuys!

Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in U.S. theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.

Disney and Lucasfilm were not available for comments.

SOURCE: Lucasfilm