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Rian Johnson on Scheduling His Star Wars Trilogy, His Episode IX Hopes, and the Benioff and Weiss Movies

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' started by SWNN Probe, Apr 6, 2019.

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    Rian Johnson provides yet another update on his new trilogy of movies, this time explaining that he's figuring out a game plan for balancing his own projects and his commitment to Lucasfilm. In addition, he also notes that he would like J. J. Abrams to take Star Wars Episode IX in whatever direction he thinks is best for the story.





    Talking at CinemaCon earlier this week, Johnson has revealed that, after he's finished with his work on Lionsgate's Knives Out, his focus will shift 100% toward working on the first of his three Star Wars projects. He's already got plenty of ideas on the table so far, and it seems like he'll have his story planned out well before he shoots a single frame of his first movie:



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    With the way he worded his response at CinemaCon, it seems as though he more or less hinted that his next Star Wars film will be up next for him to direct, write, and produce, with production presumably starting while after Episode IX has left theaters. In a later interview (which we'll get to in a bit), Johnson noted that he and Lucasfilm were trying to figure out how to balance his schedule to develop original movies with a schedule to develop his trilogy. In addition, he explained that he was most excited to see where David Benioff and D. B. Weiss would take the Star Wars franchise with their own movie trilogy.



    Word on the street is that the trilogy written and produced by Benioff and Weiss will be starting before Johnson's movies. While Disney CEO Bob Iger mentioned that he expected there to be 'a slowdown' of Star Wars movies after Episode IX - in response to Solo having a poor performance by Star Wars standards - it seems like they won't be slowing down as much as initially anticipated, as the first Benioff and Weiss film could start filming as soon as Autumn of this year, while Johnson's wording here suggests that his first new movie might start filming next year. That could make the two projects releases for 2020 and 2021 respectively, but when they'll schedule it is a matter of debate. After all, 2020 will also see the return of the Avatar franchise - and Disney, having just purchased Fox, will have every reason to make sure that the sequel's a huge hit in the month of December.



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    I seriously doubt that Johnson is going to have to wait until the trilogy from the Game of Thrones directors is finished before getting started on his own movies; the reason being that if the duo got a movie out every other year, then it'd be nearly a decade between the announcement of Johnson's trilogy and the release of the first movie in that series. The most likely scenario, to me, is that Johnson's movies will come in between the movies from Benioff and Weiss. If this were the path that Lucasfilm were taking, then they could hypothetically have both series wrapped up by 2025 at the earliest.



    But let's not get too ahead of ourselves, as we look back to what's in our near future: Star Wars Episode IX, or whatever they end up calling it. When asked about that, Rian Johnson explained that he spoke with director J. J. Abrams about where he wanted to take the story, but Johnson is mostly looking forward to experience the movie as a fan, meaning he's mostly just sitting back and waiting to see where Abrams takes the story. One thing he's really hoping for is that Abrams takes the story in unexpected directions, and he's perfectly fine if that involves changing certain story elements that he established in The Last Jedi. You can listen to his full remarks below:



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    Star Wars Episode IX will be released on December 20, 2019. Rian Johnson is writing and producing a new trilogy of films, and is currently committed to directing the first one (with an option to direct the other two on the table). David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are also writing and producing their own trilogy, although they aren't expected to direct.





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    Someone talk him into brining Felloni in on the project!
     
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    I think the good thing about this trilogy is that the story will be created from start to finish. Whether Rian directs all of them or not this will definitely keep consistency of story. Although some did not like the way Rian handled TLJ, because this is a new trilogy with new characters I would think that it won’t be as decisive as TLJ. He is a good director and with a new story that he has created from start to finish should limit a lot of similar criticism to what he has gotten with TLJ

    I like his outlook on IX and I too am looking forward to seeing where JJ took the story
     
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    By all accounts, they worked together on TLJ so I don't think he will need "talking into"
     
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    The irony of all the uproar over RJ and TLJ is that it appeared that while making and writing the movies, Rian worked with Lucasfilm and the story group much closer than JJ didnwith TFA
     
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    What do you base that on?
     
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    I'm curious as well.
     
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    Rian in an interview made reference to spending time at Lucasfilm working on the story. JJ and Kasdan were making a lot of changes on the fly even during production
     
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    I don’t think that can be taken to say either worked more closely with LF than the other. Going out on quite a limb there.
     
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    I remember this as well. Also, and forgive me if I was dreaming this, but... didn't Rian state something to the fact of him moving to be near the Story Group for a time while writing? As in, he moved from Seattle to LA (or whatever the locations where) for X weeks to have greater access to Hidalgo & Co? (Or was that Gareth Edwards?). Poop, my brain is confused now... :p
     
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    Rian definitely said that he spent time at Lucasfilm while writing the script.
     
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    I recall him saying that several times he had a question about whether or not something was canon or if he did x or y, would it be consistent.
     
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    I would take everything said in interviews of this kind, with a grain of salt. There's been a lot of fluff and shine put over everything SW related these past few years.

    We do know that Kathleen stepped in and removed Michael Arndt and his writings for TFA. This pretty solidly shows that KK, and therefore Lucasfilm, had quite a foot in the writing process, making sure it was what they wanted (which if you ask me, was a little too on the safe side).
     
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