To date, the solid of The Last Jedi typically has nothing however good things to say about Rian Johnson, which raises the query of why he was not instantly introduced onboard to replace Colin Trevorrow when the emptiness opened up on Episode IX. We sat down with Johnson on the Final Jedi press junket in Los Angeles this weekend, and he defined that he by no means thought-about directing the ultimate entry within the present trilogy as a result of the plan was at all times handy off the present story to concentrate on his new trio of Star Wars films. Johnson informed us:
It was by no means within the playing cards. It was at all times the plan for me to do that, after which hand it off to the subsequent director, whoever that was going to be. So, I by no means had that basically in my head, and now I am simply actually excited in regards to the subsequent trilogy.
The hiring of Rian Johnson for Episode IX arguably appeared like a logical step when Colin Trevorrow dropped out of the undertaking earlier this summer season. Throughout that hectic interval, quite a few rumors swirled in regards to the standing of the undertaking and the varied administrators who might enter the equation to take over, together with one story suggesting that Rian Johnson particularly turned the job down. Nonetheless, Johnson’s feedback to CinemaBlend appear to place these concepts to mattress, as he has confirmed that he by no means entertained the potential for rounding out this trilogy, and he at all times deliberate on handing it off to another person. The one factor that has modified is the truth that The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams is now the one to cap off the story.
This additionally is smart after we take a look at the sheer magnitude of what Rian Johnson has ready for him past his work on Episode VIII. After The Final Jedi, he’ll go in on a wholly new trilogy for the Star Wars franchise, which is able to inform a brand new story a couple of model new ensemble of characters. Creating this story will possible take fairly a little bit of effort and time on Johnson’s half, so handing Episode IX to J.J. Abrams and permitting the Looper director to deal with his new story will go a good distance in direction of liberating up the psychological and bodily vitality to get it proper.
Try a clip from our interview with Rian Johnson under to listen to what The Final Jedi director needed to say about the potential for directing Episode IX!
In the long term, this might flip into an enormous profit for the Star Wars franchise as an entire. The collection has had some bother hanging onto administrators in current months, and the departures of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from Solo: A Star Wars Story, in addition to the aforementioned exit of Colin Trevorrow (and Josh Trank earlier than him), spotlight how drama-free Rian Johnson’s tenure has felt. He isn’t directing Episode IX, and that is as a result of there is a extra substantial job for him to do over the subsequent few years.