Last month, Star Wars fans were met with the news that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had decided to exit their Star Wars trilogy with Lucasfilm. The news came as a surprise, and fans couldn't help but express concern over the future of the franchise.
Though Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has confirmed that his Star Wars trilogy is still in negotiation with Lucasfilm, rumors are going around saying that the studio has decided to ax the project.
According to a new report by the Lords of the Longbox channel, multiple industry insiders claim that Johnson is no longer being considered by Lucasfilm. Rumor has it that the director's proposed Star Wars trilogy at the studio is already dead at Disney.
The site claims that the only reason why Lucasfilm refuses to announce Johnson's exit from the franchise is that Disney is afraid to let out negative press when the release of Star Wars: The Mandalorian is so near. The studio also doesn't want further controversy before the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which is set to premiere this December. Word has it that Disney is holding off official announcements about Johnson's fate until after Episode IX screens.
While the news might alarm some, we should remind readers to take the report with a grain of salt. There have been multiple rumors about Johnson exiting his trilogy over the past few months, and yet Lucasfilm has yet to confirm any of these reports. We'll just have to cross our fingers and wait and see what Lucasfilm has in store for the franchise.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.