Though J.J. Abrams may be the one closing the Star Wars trilogy that he started, Lucasfilm has given The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson his own trilogy to kick-start, and according to him, he has all the freedom to tell whatever story he wants.
Talking to IGN, Johnson explained:
"Right now there's all the freedom in the world… That's the whole thing that's exciting to me is let's go some new places, let's meet some new folks, let's see what else is out there. Let's have one story told over three films in this galaxy with no limitations. It's pretty exciting."
Seeing that Star Wars already has lore for the past, present, and future, I'm curious on what era Johnson is willing to go with. Personally I would like to explore more on the less Force-sensitive side, like Rogue One, but seeing how it's such a big element of the franchise, there's no way Johnson won't touch it.
Despite Lucasfilm already firing three directors this year, Johnson couldn't be happier working with Kathleen Kennedy and Bob Iger. He says:
"We all just had a really good time working together. I know for us, that was a big part of it. We were getting to the end of it and Kathy Kennedy and Bob Iger and Alan Horn, Alan Berkman, all the folks at Disney, we were just sad that this was coming to an end. We were like, 'How do we figure out some way to keep working together?' That's when I pitched the idea of a new trilogy with a new story. That seemed really exciting for me."
Besides Abrams, Johnson seems to be the only other director that Lucasfilm has been happy to work with. They've fired Josh Trank, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Colin Trevorrow; and even if you liked Rogue One, they still brought in Tony Gilroy to put his finishing touches on Gareth Edwards' movie.
Lucasfilm must be really happy with Johnson's pitch to give him an entire trilogy to work on. Let's hope we get some news on it before 2020 at least.
Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out Dec. 15.