Love it or loathe it, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a huge success. In fact, Disney liked it so much, the studio announced shortly afterwards that director Rian Johnson would be directing an entire trilogy of spin-off movies.
But then Solo: A Star Wars Story opened to a disappointing box office, and the House of Mouse said that it was putting the Star Wars series on “a bit of a hiatus” earlier this year. Does this mean Johnson’s series has been thrown on the scrap heap too?
Thankfully not, as confirmed by Deadline as part of a profile on Johnson and professional partner Ram Bergman’s film company T-Street.
In the profile, Deadline spoke to both Johnson and Bergman about some of their upcoming projects, and while there was no quote offered on the new Star Wars trilogy, it was confirmed that the plans are still on the board.
Johnson did reflect on his approach to work and his hopes for T-Street more generally though, saying: “I’m excited to open things up and get the chance to work with talented people and learn from them.
“In a way, this is very much in the mode of how we’ve always worked, though Star Wars was different for obvious reasons. But we’ve always thought like indie filmmakers, maintaining a degree of ownership and authorship over what we’ve done. This was a way to set up a space where we can make that happen for other filmmakers.”
Talking about his plans for his trilogy earlier this year, the director teased that his films will be the “next step” of the franchise, as it moves the action away from the legacy characters.
“I think that the fun and challenging part of it is to dive in, figure out what’s exciting and then figure out what it’s going to be,” he said.
“We’re doing something that steps beyond the legacy characters. What does that look like? To me, the blue sky element of it is what was most striking about it.”
He also said that he won’t let the fan criticism of The Last Jedi affect his plans for the trilogy.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released on Thursday, December 19 in the UK and Friday, December 20 in the US.