'Looper' Helmer Rian Johnson to Direct & Write the Next 'Star Wars'
by Ethan Anderton
June 20, 2014
Disney sure seems to be getting all their Dejarik pieces set before the game even starts. Star Wars: Episode VII is currently in production, but won't even hit theaters until December of 2015. But the studio has already hired Godzilla director Gareth Edwards to direct a Star Wars spin-off film for 2016, and Chronicle director Josh Trank for another unknown spin-off sometime down the road. Now THR has learned that Brick and Looper director Rian Johnson has been hired to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, which means J.J. Abrams won't be sticking around after he delivers the first part of this whole new trilogy.
Essentially confirming his involvement, Rian Johnson just posted this on Twitter:
In addition, Johnson has also been hired to write the treatment for Episode IX, which seems to imply that the events of the second film may have much more immediate ties to the third film. Or maybe Disney just likes what Johnson has planned for Episode VIII, and they want to keep him around as long as they can. Johnson was one of our hopeful replacements for Ant-Man, but this is obviously a much better scenario for the gifted director. Brick, Looper and The Brothers Bloom made my list of favorite films in their respective release years, and he's just a fantastic filmmaker to give Star Wars a fresh vision and quality story. Great?