Rian Johnson Is Directing Three More Star Wars Movies Not Part of the Skywalker Saga!
In a move that can only speak to the high level of confidence Disney/Lucasfilm have in The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, the company announced today that he’ll be directing three more Star Wars films. The catch is that they won't follow any of the characters from the Skywalker stories. Instead, Johnson and his longtime producing partner Ram Bergman will set their trilogy in a new “corner of the galaxy.”
Announced during a shareholder conference call by Disney CEO Bob Iger, the news was later confirmed by an official statement posted on starwars.com. The statement is specific in mentioning that the new films are “separate from the episodic Skywalker saga.” Further explaining that “Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”
There are no further details at this time, nor was there any indication of what the timeline of release would be on these new films, but it’s probably safe to assume they won’t happen until after the Skywalker series comes to an end in 2019. As for what these new films will actually be about it’s way too early to know anything for sure.
That said, a previously unexplored area called the Unknown Regions has been getting a lot of play in the new canon, so much so that some have speculated that perhaps that’s where Snoke originated. In fact, in the very first novel of the new official canon it’s mentioned that the Unknown Regions are tough to travel to; forcing pilots to navigate through solar storms, black holes and more just to then have to run through a crazy obstacle-ridden maze. Then, in the Thrawn novel we’re told that Thrawn (a very popular character from the legacy continuity aka Legends) originally hails from the Unknown Regions. It wouldn’t be crazy to assume that Johnson will dig deeper into this corner of the galaxy that has never been explored considering all the recent attention it has been receiving. Or it could be about the Porgs.
Finally, it was also announced that alongside the new trilogy of movies, a live-action Star Wars TV series is currently being developed by Disney, and will exclusively premiere through Disney’s planned streaming service, set to launch in 2019. Will the series tie into Johnson’s new trilogy? Will the final Skywalker Saga film somehow definitively end those stories forever thereby sending the viewer off into the Unknown Regions to see all new wars in space? We won’t know for sure until 2019, but perhaps we’ll get some hints when Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th, 2017.