November 10 2017

Disney announces new Star Wars trilogy from Rian Johnson

Disney is going to make sure there is never an end to the onslaught of new Star Wars material.

During its earning call on Thursday, Disney had some major announcements concerning Star Wars. First and foremost, Rian Johnson has parlayed his time directing Star Wars The Last Jedi into his own trilogy of films based in the galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm, however, is quick to point out that these films are “are 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.”

My mind is racing as to what corner of the galaxy this could be going to and I need to give that some thought.

“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.” 

In addition to three more films being announced, Disney also took a moment to plug its standalone streaming service which will launch in 2019. The House of Mouse made it official on Thursday that it will launch the service with a live-action Star Wars series as well as a new Marvel series. Luckily they also announced the service will be priced for less than Netflix, but it won’t take long for this service to take off with those types of shows being included.

As a die-hard Star Wars fan, even I’m left to wonder if we’re getting to the breaking point with this much new content. Can’t we take at least a bit of a breather?

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