June 21 2014

Rian Johnson Reportedly Heading up Star Wars Episode VIII

Rian Johnson

If reports are to be believed, Rian Johnson is the director and writer for Star Wars Episode VIII.

On Friday Deadline reported that Rian Johnson, best known for Looper, had been tapped to write and direct Star Wars Episode VIII and Star Wars Episode IX. As the day wore on it got fine tuned by various sources to being a yes on VIII, but only a script treatment – essentially an outline – for IX. No official word has appeared as of yet, but about an hour after the rumor took hold, Johnson posted this tweet without comment. (Harsh language in the video, but it fits.)

That has to be one of the best non-confirmation confirmations ever.

While some are reading this as a slight against J.J. Abrams who is currently heading up Episode VII, I totally disagree. At a pace of a film in the main series every other year, the directors are going to have to leapfrog to keep pre-production rolling. Yes, you can point to people like Peter Jackson who has done all of these Hobbit films, but those were produced as one big project, and not as individual films. With the way Disney is doing these, it is going to be very difficult to keep the same director on each film, and, to be honest, I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to do so.

I’ve said it before, Disney is turning Star Wars into a factory production. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it will be cranking Star Wars films for the next six years and it needs to keep the machine moving.

Source: Deadline .

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