Director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, has teased the direction that his new Star Wars trilogy will be taking.
Lucasfilm were so pleased with the work achieved by Johnson on The Last Jedi and happy with their working relationship, that they decided to give the director the reigns of a brand new Star Wars trilogy, completely separate from current events in the galaxy.
While the reaction from fans has been far from universal in its praise for The Last Jedi, Johnson at least is very excited about the three new movies he has planned and has been talking about what form they might take in a recent Q&A (via CinemaBlend).
“As we got to the end of Episode VIII, we had a great time working with [Lucasfilm president] Kathy [Kennedy] and with Disney and we kind of said, ‘How can we keep this party going? How can we keep working together?’
“And I kind of threw out there, like the most interesting thing to me would be to tell a new story told over three movies where we go someplace else. And we go, kind of the potential of like a wide-open blue sky of, let’s go to a different part of the galaxy. Maybe a different time. I don’t know.”
While this new trilogy is still a fair way away in terms of coming to the big screen, Johnson does know a few things that he wants to take place:
“Let’s meet some new characters and let’s figure out what Star Wars means separated from some of the iconography that we’ve associated it with,” Johnson shared. “Let’s take it someplace else and see what that would be like. That just seemed like a really interesting question to ask.”
And regarding if there will be any familiar characters invovled at all, Johnson said: “I’m just starting to think about it, and get into, so who knows?” Johnson told Yahoo! “I want to keep it just totally wide open in terms of possibilities. That’s what’s so exciting about it right now, just the notion of one story, three movies, the sky’s the limit. We can really do anything. The possibilities are thrilling.”