Is Lucasfilm and Disney making all the right moves? It certainly seems so. Deadline.com is reporting that the director of Looper and Brick, Rian Johnson, has been tapped to direct and write (well the treatment for the IX) the next TWO Star Wars Episode films!
Michael Fleming of Deadline.com had the Exclusive story!
“Rarely have I seen the revival of a film franchise stir so much fervor as Star Wars, among hot young filmmakers who grew up loving George Lucas’ original film trilogy. In a bombshell move, I’m told that Lucasfilm is making a deal with Looper writer-director Rian Johnson to write and direct Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX. Essentially, that means that the intention is for Johnson to take the baton from JJ Abrams, who has gotten the space franchise off the ground and is right now helming Episode VII. I don’t know too much more at this point, but it is in keeping with Disney and Lucasfilm’s strategy of entrusting the venerable franchise to the best and brightest writers and directors, including the spinoff films that are being directed by Chronicle‘s Josh Trank and Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards”.
Rian Johnson hasn’t made an official statement about helming the next two movies with producer Ram Bergman (who also produced Brick and Looper). As a fan of both of those films, I cannot wait to see what he does with the Star Wars Universe. Johnson did post the following Youtube clip on his Twitter.