It was said back when Disney acquired the “Star Wars” franchise for $4.05 billion that they would make new “Star Wars” movies until the end of time. With two new movies behind them, a couple in production, and more just announced, the Hollywood megalith is certainly looking like they’re aiming that direction.
Back when special effects mastermind George Lucas first dreamed up his “Star Wars” movies, he had nine different movies (three separate trilogies) in mind, according to “Star Wars” movie-making lore. That idea came from a quote Lucas himself made, according to a 1983 book author, the Associated Press reported.
As the story goes, Lucas decided that nine movies might be out of his reach, so he chose to start with the most exciting ones — “Star Wars” episodes 4, 5, and 5 — back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Then at the end of the ‘90s and into the early 2000s, he created the less loved “Star Wars” episodes 1, 2, and 3.
Disney appears to be completing Lucas’ original vision with 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” this December’s “The Last Jedi,” and an upcoming unnamed “Star Wars: Episode IX,” due out in 2019, according to IMDB. On top of that, Disney also created last year’s “Rogue One” and is working on next year’s “Solo.” Those movies, along with a rumored Boba Fett movie and Yoda movie, take place before or in between the numbered “Star Wars” episodes.
Confused yet? Now Rian Johnson, who directed the upcoming “The Last Jedi,” will be in charge of a whole new trilogy, according to the official Star Wars website. And, no, these new movies will not be “Star Wars” episodes 10, 11, and 12.
Johnson was selected to direct the new trilogy because Disney and Lucasfilm “are immensely proud” of his work on “The Last Jedi.” What will make the new trilogy stand out from “The Last Jedi” is that it will not involve Luke Skywalker or some of the other characters we’ve come to know and love that are still around. Johnson’s movies will be about new characters.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, “We all loved working with Rian on ‘The Last Jedi.’ 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.”
The names and potential release dates for the movies in the new trilogy have not been released. Where they’ll fall in the “Star Wars” mythological timeline is unknown as well. “The Last Jedi” will hit theaters the evening of Thursday, Dec. 14, a day before its official release date on the 15th.
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