Star Wars fans have a flurry of announcements to discuss this week after Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced several upcoming projects during the company’s quarterly earnings call. One of the biggest announcements was that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director, Rian Johnson, will be the driving force behind a brand-new trilogy set within the “Star Wars” universe. No details (or protagonists or timelines) were announced at this time, but it’s very exciting to think that three more Star Wars films are on their way.
The biggest takeaway from the call, regarding the new trilogy, is that it will not be focused on the Skywalker story-line. The film is expected to introduce brand-new characters to the Star Wars Universe, and will take place in all-new locations. As of right now, Johnson is set to write and direct the first film in the new trilogy, and Ram Bergman will produce the project. More information on the new trilogy will be announced in the future.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy in a statement released earlier today. “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.”
Fans are just a few weeks away from Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which is set to hit theaters on December 15, 2017.
Disney also confirmed that Lucasfilm plans to develop a live-action Star Wars series, which will find a home on Disney’s new streaming service. The live-action series was confirmed during the same call with Bob Iger, but details were not discussed at this time. The service itself is scheduled to launch in 2019, and it would make sense for Disney to time the launch around the beginning of such an exciting property. Disney also plans on launching series from Marvel, the “Monster’s Inc.” franchise, and a project based on “High School Musical”.