Rian Johnson to Write and Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII; Will Write Treatment for STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

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Well here’s some fucking amazing news.  According to Deadline, Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, and The Wrap reports that he write a treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX.  As a fan of all three of Johnson’s films—Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper—I could not be more excited.  This is the big break his fans have been hoping for, and it doesn’t get bigger than Star Wars.  The fact that he gets Episode VIII and gets to have input on Episode IX is not only gravy, but it’s also a smart move on the part of Disney and Lucasfilm

Hit the jump for more.

Deadline reports that Johnson will “get started quickly and this will be his preoccupation for quite awhile.”  While Deadline reported that Johnson would be directing both Episode VIII and IX, The Wrap says he’ll only be writing the treatment on Episode IXVariety confirms that Johnson is on board to write and direct Episode VIII.  As for the filmmaker himself, he wryly tweeted out the following video:

Let’s boot up the Speculation Machine, shall we?

star-wars-episode-7-castStar Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams has his movie sending off the original series’ protagonists Luke (Mark Hamill), Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han (Harrison Ford), but it would also presumably lay the groundwork for all of the new characters and cast members: Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von Sydow.  In a way, Star Wars: Episode VII now sounds more like a transition film since there will be one person involved with the final two episodes.

If that’s the case, it makes sense to give the final two movies over to a single filmmaker who can both write and direct.  The pre-production on Episode VII hit a speed bump when Abrams decided to throw out Michael Arndt’s script and write a new one with Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back).  This isn’t to say that it will all be smooth sailing for Johnson, but having the writer and director on Episode VIII be the same person might help prevent unexpected rewrites.  Furthermore, having Johnson provide the treatment for Episode IX will give some sense of continuity, but I’m inclined to believe he won’t direct the film since Disney will want to get moving on the final sequel as quickly as possible.

Again, I can’t overstate how happy I am that Johnson is getting to do Star Wars.  I was mostly uninterested in this franchise, and now I’m willing to engage in one of my worst behaviors: Looking past the immediate future to something in the distance because I find it more interesting.  It may be teaser culture, but I find Johnson to be an exciting filmmaker, and I can’t wait to see what happens when he goes to a galaxy far, far away.

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  • Azeem

    I think he will do a terrific job. Frankly, I like him better than JJ as both a director and writer.

    • BongBong

      He’s a different style of writer/director, to be sure. Loved Brick and Looper. Did not see The Brothers Bloom.

      • Bumbum

        At last!
        Matt is happy and excited!
        Now we can relax…

    • They’re blind

      Um, what the F is the matter with you guys. Looper was a second rate hit and it played like an Outer Limits Episode. As a matter of fact if you took the two stars out of it their would be no difference. It didn’t suck, but it was forgettable.

      There’s NOTHING he’s done that says he’s a visual director like JJ, Kirshner or etc. If makes scenes look like shiat counts then he and a thousand other directors qualify.

      They are trying to get a dramatic director after JJ but they totally mised out on the other 50% of what makes a director good. Which is his/her visual style. THIS GUYS GOT NONE! And, that’s a major mistep for a Star Wars movie. First they cast a bunch of women that are b@ner shrinkers and then they cast a director who can do drama but has NO STYLE.

      It’s like a BLIND, let me repeat that, Blind person who has high standards is hiring people for this movie. But, they are still completely blind.

      Don’t get me wrong, this director is a solid dramatic director but he’s not at the level of what’s needed for Star Wars.

      • https://twitter.com/dnwilliams dnwilliams

        I take it by “visual style” you actually mean “impressive use of shitloads of special effects”, because nobody who has seen Rian Johnson’s movies or his episodes of Breaking Bad could accuse him of slacking when it comes to the visual component of filmmaking.

      • They’re Blind!

        I’m talking about artistic style, which this guy has none of. If decorating shiat is visual style then he qualifies. They’re making another huge mistake, especially since it’s a Star Wars movie.

        What is a visual director? A visual director is someone like John Woo or Tim Burton. Get it. Woo’s style is not about Visual FX. There’s the Washowski Brothers-you can tell their style a mile away, James Camerson who always brings in cool sci-fi graphics and military visuals. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they should hire someone as stylized as Tim Burton. But hire someone with at least a solid visual style.

      • https://twitter.com/dnwilliams dnwilliams

        So, what you’re saying is, not that you want a good visual storyteller, but that you want someone who is visually distinctive. For Star Wars. A franchise which comes pre-packaged with obligatory distinctive visuals of its own as is, from production design to transitions. Okay.

        “James Camerson who always brings in cool sci-fi graphics and military visuals”

        Ugh, get out.

      • They’re still blind

        You’re missing the point my friend, every top director has their own VISUAL Unique style that just by watching the movie and not knowing who directed but you realize who it was. For example Aaron Sorkin or even Tarantino.

        I’m not saying that someone like Tim Burton should come in and turn Star Wars into Edward Scissorhands. Visual Directors who are otherswise known as hollywoods top directors normaly adjust their style to what the medium is. Tim Burton turned his style to what was apropriate for Planet of the Apes.

        Rian is probably a nice guy but he is not qualified for such a movie. Some directors come straight out with there first film with a Visual Style and if they don’t then they don’t have vision and are usually sent to directing TV only.

        They got basically a TV director to direct Star Wars. If still don’t get that then you need to go take a film class… Because you will never get what makes a director. Name the top 20 directors today and I will describe their visual style, this guy has none. Again, he seems like a nice guy but for a Star Wars movie.

      • jack

        wtf?have you seen any of his films you twat!?you aint got no style! leave and don’t come back troll

      • https://twitter.com/dnwilliams dnwilliams

        Aaron Sorkin isn’t a director, you dolt.

      • Frank

        Some people have taste and some people have no sense of taste and you sir are the latter. I would advise you to show us your own visual style before commenting on a guy who is so clearly admired by many! Rian Johnson is a great director, has a tremendous voice and since of visual style and will honor this franchise. Have a good weekend.

      • Frank

        *sense*

      • They’re still blind

        You’re missing the point my friend, every top director has their own VISUAL Unique style that just by watching the movie and not knowing who directed but you realize who it was. For example Aaron Sorkin or even Tarantino.

        I’m not saying that someone like Tim Burton should come in and turn Star Wars into Edward Scissorhands. Visual Directors who are otherswise known as hollywoods top directors normaly adjust their style to what the medium is. Tim Burton turned his style to what was apropriate for Planet of the Apes.

        Rian is probably a nice guy but he is not qualified for such a movie. Some directors come straight out with there first film with a Visual Style and if they don’t then they don’t have vision and are usually sent to directing TV only.

        They got basically a TV director to direct Star Wars. If still don’t get that then you need to go take a film class… Because you will never get what makes a director. Name the top 20 directors today and I will describe their visual style, this guy has none. Again, he seems like a nice guy but for a Star Wars movie.

      • jack

        exactly! he’s pretty much asking for michael bay to direct it

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        The “Washowski’s” haven’t been brothers in a long time.

        If Disney really wanted a visual director, they would get Tarsem Singh or Zhang Yimou, maybe even Terry Gilliam or David Lynch (which would never happen), but it’s far more likely each film will look more or less the same, much in the way most Marvel films look more or less the same.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        The “Washowski’s” haven’t been brothers in a long time.

        If Disney really wanted a visual director, they would get Tarsem Singh or Zhang Yimou, maybe even Terry Gilliam or David Lynch (which would never happen), but it’s far more likely each film will look more or less the same, much in the way most Marvel films look more or less the same.

      • Guest

        No visual style , I feel you’re the one that is blind here. Just go watch watch Brick. Look at his compositions and camera movement, they’re just dripping with unique visual nuance.

      • Wthiswrongwiththisguy

        So basically what you’re saying is that you would be more excited if Tim Burton got hired to direct a Star Wars movie..? Go home bro, you’re drunk.

  • dudeyo

    All I can say is holy fucking shit. Did not see this coming, and it’s all the more amazing for it.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Interesting. Excited by this news! Loved Looper and Brick. Sounds like they will be going for something a bit darker and edgier w the latter two films – kinda like Empire Strikes Back was. Still wondering why they didn’t have Abrahams directing the other two. I’m sure it’ll be an interesting story once it’s revealed.

    • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

      My suspicion is that JJ demanded that the script for VII be reworked to feature the original cast instead of ‘passing the baton’; this caused Disney to have to move the film from its traditional summer tentpole date to a holiday date where (sorry, but it’s true) the competition will be a bit more stiff); and now Harrison Ford’s broken leg has pulled him from shooting for 8 weeks. Given that track record under JJ’s leadership — not even mentioning the fact that his flicks are pretty but vacuous — would you risk a trilogy on this man?

      • dolphin558

        based on your suspicion, no.

      • Kyle Chandler

        You’re both assuming that JJ even wanted to direct more. And, like Matt mentioned, it probably has to do more with their rapid release schedule than anything else. So Rion Johnson will probably be starting on episode 8 before episode 7 is finished shooting.

        If anything, I don’t know if bringing him on signals a shift to a “darker” tone exactly, but I’d definitely bet it is going to be more complex.

  • Al

    He is good, no doubt about it. His quirk seems a little different from the Star Wars quirk.

    I’m also a little wonked that he won’t be doing something cool new and original like he ecstatically promised after Looper. Can’t blame him though, it is Star Wars.

    • JCubs79

      He likely still has time to do something between this and Star Wars. I mean Episode 7 just started production.

      • Al

        Heres hoping.

  • Devin Reed

    And once again, the Internet beats Disney/Lucasfilm to the punch. I wonder how long it will take for the inevitable official announcement to drop. Exciting news!!

  • JCubs79

    Absolutely ecstatic about this. I love Rian Johnson. I prefer him much more than JJ Abrams and personally I’m a fan of JJ.

  • DeathoftheEndless7

    I didn’t like Looper, so…eh.

    • enjaysim

      Me neither. A meandering film. Started watching Brick and never got back to it. Obviously he has something to offer the series. Shame we can’t just look forward to episode 7 as it is. Have read a lot this week about what studios have lined up for the next 5 years and beyond. If only life could be that simple!

      • dolphin558

        Looper was better than Return of a Man Called Horse, Eyes of Laura Mars, Up the Sandbox, S*P*Y*S, Flim-Flam Man, and A Fine Madness – Kershner’s pre-ESB films.

      • I Didn’t Like Brick Either Doe

        “Looper was better than this list of 100 shit films I just came up with” still doesn’t make Looper a good film, it just makes it better than some really awful films…

      • DeathoftheEndless7

        He seems pretty creative, so we’ll see.

    • GrimReaper07

      I thought it was one of the best original sci fi movies in quite a few years. This year’s Snowpiercer trumps it though.

      • The Flobbit

        Snowpiercer trumps everything you throw at it. Scratch that, it hurtles past them like a bullet train.

  • NotePad

    I’m worried about the fact that there are going to be so many different writers and directors involved in this trilogy. In the past, even if Lucas didn’t direct or write the scripts entirely himself, he was still the man in charge and they were all essentially Lucas films.

    I hope Lucas has a lot of input and his treatments are being used. My feeling is that Lucas is not going to very involved with them though. But I really really hope that at least they base the trilogy on his treatments.

    And I also hope JJ and Rian both make films that keep the classic SW feeling. They need to be directed in the same way. Shake-cam and the current ‘gritty’ trend have absolutely no place in a Star Wars film. The directing in all of the Star Wars films have a very classic approach. My hope is that these guys recognize this and don’t deviate from the established SW style. Every SW films needs screen wipes. I’ll be so pissed if JJ doesn’t include any. He better do them; he’s a fan he should know this.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      “I hope Lucas has a lot of input and his treatments are being used.”

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen those exact words in that order before.

      • dolphin558

        Why? There are few storytellers (I didn’t say writers) better than Lucas.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’d have agreed with you up until the prequels…and then Crystal Skull. He’s a good storyteller, but one of the best? Really?

      • Jerry Dingwinger

        What?

        Willow fanboys are weird.

      • BigJimSlade

        He hasn’t written a good screenplay in about 30 years. He’s basically retired. The prequels proved as much.

    • jocab_w

      There were many writers and directors involved in the making of the original trilogy. Not just George.

    • dolphin558

      We don’t know what role Kasdan will play. Either he or JJA could be Executive Producers throughout.

    • M&M

      Pretty sure Lawrence Kasdan is going to be hanging around to oversee much of the SW scripting (including spin-offs). At least that’s the impression I’m getting.

    • 80sRobot

      Perhaps Abrams is staying as executive producer for all the new SW movies. I could see him standing in for Lucas in this regard. He does have extensive executive producer experience (for other director’s movies and in television), and I’d argue Abrams would work best this way. He gets to kick off the revival with Episode 7 and then manages everything from that point onward.

    • BigJimSlade

      “I hope Lucas has a lot of input and his treatments are being used.”

      I doubt I’d bother seeing the new films if they let the guy anywhere near these productions. Lucas is done, creatively…

  • JC

    I believe this compensates edgar wright’s exit from ant-man

    • BongBong

      Edgar Wright will now direct the Blue Beetle movie.

      • JC

        What is that?

      • BongBong

        The Blue Beetle was a cool comic book character, but it was just a subtle joke. Poor Edgar.

      • Batt Damon

        DC’s got half a dozen flicks in the pipeline and they’re gonna need directors pretty quickly. Hopefully they’ll give Edgar a call.

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    ::Stunned slow clap which turns into passionate standing ovation::

  • Christian

    I wonder why they didn’t invite JJ back, though I guess it’s possible that he didn’t want the sequels.

    • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

      There have been reports that he already wasn’t crazy about filming the movie in London because he didn’t want to be away from his family for so long.

      • Christian

        Right, I do remember hearing that. I wonder whether he agreed to a one-and-done deal. If Episode VII turns out great (and I bet it will), Rian Johnson is going to have a ton of extra pressure on him to match JJ.

      • dolphin558

        I know!!! So excited. JJ then Rian. Good times!

      • Jerry Dingwinger

        Plus imitating George Lucas ain’t his style – he’s gotta go back to his normal-job, aping the Spielberg films of the 70′s and 80′s like a class-chump.

    • evinrude

      Harrison Ford had him fired.

      • The Flobbit

        Get off of my Millenium Falcon.

  • Paladinus McLachlan

    Excellent choice!!!! Rian Johnson is a great filmmaker and we can hope an wonderful job of his.

    Can Joseph Gordon-Levitt be cast now?? :P kkkkkkkkkkk

  • Clarence Boddicker

    “Well here’s some fucking amazing news.”

    -Matt Goldberg
    This statement is objectively true. Nailed it. :)

  • Clarence Boddicker

    The involvement of Lawrence Kasdan, the directors tapped for the proposed spinoffs, the casting decisions. And now THIS…they are making some fantastic decisions with this property. Fucking awesome.

    • dolphin558

      I am excited

    • Batt Damon

      They’re like the opposite of Marvel Studios!

  • MIXTER

    YESSSSS!!!! Anyone involved in Breaking Bad doing Star Wars I’m extatic about, show was flawless! Looper was well written and directed too. I got a good feelin about this! The time of the prequels has come to pass! Roll on the future of Star Wars!

    If Disney nail these 3 films, I will get Micky Mouse tattood on my face as free advertising for them!

  • Tyler

    …it’s really a shame because I actually thought Looper was dumb and stupid. Why was Bruce Willis shooting his younger self in the past? Doesn’t he know that if he fatally wounded him that it would cause a paradox. How would Joseph Gordon-Levitt grow up to become Bruce Willis if he was killed by his older self, hence he wouldn’t go up to kill himself, causing a paradox. Rian Johnson broke the most important time-travel rule set my Back to the Future: Part II.

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      Did you not see the movie?

      • Tyler

        Only once. I didn’t remember a lot about it and didn’t watch the whole thing, but I do remember I thought it was not a good movie.

      • Daniel Ronczkowski

        Oh okay. Maybe you had your eyes closed while you were watching it?

      • GunzOfNavarone

        I didn’t like it either tbh. I know a lot did, but when you go to see a movie and guess how it is going to end halfway through, you have to wonder how derivative it actually is.

      • Jerry Dingwinger

        Hype-train made it dead in the water for me.

        Plus the fact that it seemed far less ambitious than any of the advertising, or previous work from cast and crew made it appear at first glance. Never wanted to watch it again after the first viewing and still have no interest in going back to it – disappointing to say the least.

      • evinrude

        I’m with Ding and Navz.

      • Your Opinion is LOL

        “I didn’t remember a lot about it and didn’t watch the whole thing, but I do remember I thought it was not a good movie.”

        And the corpse of movie-criticism still lumbers on. A couple more shotgun sized bullets to the face might help. But maybe not.

      • Tyler

        It was just strangely made. A lot of unneeded whispering, some uninteresting characters and other pointless stuff I can’t remember.

      • Your Opinion is LOL

        You don’t get to have an opinion on it – I didn’t like the film but I watched the whole thing to understand fully what my problems were with it.

        You’re being a reactionary critic, instead of a critically-minded critic. Saying things like “other pointless stuff I CAN’T REMEMBER” completely invalidates any argument you’re making because you’ve just said you DON’T REMEMBER it.

        And you didn’t watch it all – why should anyone give you the time of day with your opinion based on half of a mis-remembered movie? You are silly.

      • Tyler

        Allow me to rephrase that. I saw it once, I remember not really liking the movie and turning it off at about the hour mark. It rubbed me the wrong way. That plot inconvenience, the fact that everyone is whispering, etc. was not my cuppa tea. I had a similar opinion to Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, but I later admired the film for having ambition. I mean that opening scene was amazing.

        I regret typing “other pointless stuff I can’t remember” on my previous comment. It did make me sound pretentious. I only saw Looper once, I didn’t really think much of it after my first viewing, and don’t really understand how everyone’s over the moon about the film, but of course, it’s just my opinion. Thanks for pointing out that stuff.

      • Tyler

        Allow me to rephrase that. I saw it once, I remember not really liking the movie and turning it off at about the hour mark. It rubbed me the wrong way. That plot inconvenience, the fact that everyone is whispering, etc. was not my cuppa tea. I had a similar opinion to Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, but I later admired the film for having ambition. I mean that opening scene was amazing.

        I regret typing “other pointless stuff I can’t remember” on my previous comment. It did make me sound pretentious. I only saw Looper once, I didn’t really think much of it after my first viewing, and don’t really understand how everyone’s over the moon about the film, but of course, it’s just my opinion. Thanks for pointing out that stuff.

      • Your Opinion is LOL

        Cool story, bro. Can’t wait to read your reviews on books, TV shows and movies on “half-finished-never-watched-my-opinion-is-worth-nothing.blogspot.com”

        Until then, try and learn a little patience. And quit pretending to have an opinion on a piece of work when you’ve only seen the first half, it sounds REALLY pretentious…

        (“That plot inconvenience” means nothing without explanation, and if you don’t like that “everyone is whispering” then turn up your fuckin’ sound-system.)

        P.S: Valhalla Rising was ambitious, Drive was hipster-douche-pandering style-over-substance film-making at its worst. Surprisingly followed up by an even worse collage of dickery which was Only God Forgives…

      • Tyler

        I couldn’t turn up the sound because it was at night that I was watching the movie and I didn’t want to wake my roommate. I usually have captions on my television, not because I am hearing impaired but because it helps me to understand what’s going on most of the time when I can read what’s going on.

        And there’s no need for sarcasm. I don’t take your opinion on a movie that you only saw halfway through and totally harp on it. I am sorry that I sound really pretentious, I was just reviewing something what I saw. Maybe if I saw the movie the whole way through maybe my opinion would’ve changed because they would explain in the latter half of the movie what happened. There’s no need for all this shit. I was just voicing my opinion on the matter.

        Just because I get one thing wrong, all of a sudden a dozen random people hate me for it. I don’t believe that the world works like that. I worded something wrong, then you should tell me that I said something wrong.

        I never even heard of Valhalla Rising, maybe I should check it out. It’s from the same director as Drive. It sounds pretty cool. Thanks!

      • Your Opinion is LOL

        You’re carrying on as if you HAVE an opinion in the first place.

        The problem is you do not have any authority to critique a piece of work if you decide half-way through that you’ve had enough. No one reviews half a book, or half a film, or half an album, and expects other people to give their FULL attention and listen to a half-baked and half-thought-out opinion.

        It’s not about changing your opinion on Looper, it’s about making you understand that you are being a reactionary fool instead of a fully-rounded level-headed critic – although you offering an opinion on something instigates a level of criticism.

        The point is: you cannot have a true critique of half-a-something. It’s not fair on the creators, the fans, the serious thinkers and the uninformed who may take your opinion as fact.

        “I don’t take your opinion on a movie that you only saw halfway through and totally harp on it” – and that’s because you never could, if I were to have an opinion on something it would be because I viewed it in its entirety, not just jacking off the second half and pretending I knew what it was gonna be like…

      • Tyler

        Understood. Thanks.

      • Your Opinion is LOL

        No need for sarcasm, bro.

      • Tyler

        I wasn’t being sarcastic.

      • Tyler

        I wasn’t being sarcastic.

      • MJ

        ” I didn’t remember a lot about it and didn’t watch the whole thing”

        So why are you offering an opinion then ???

        You should recuse yourself from commenting on it if you dozed off and can’t remember much about it. Come on, man, are you freaking serious?

      • Tyler

        Well, I’m sorry I’m worse than Hitler. It was like two years since I last saw Looper and I honestly don’t remember very much of it, except for Bruce Willis breaking the unwritten rules of time travel set my Doc Brown in Back to the Future: Part II.

  • mattinacan

    wow, if only they would replace JJ on the first film also. We may get a good star wars film yet!

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      Totally an unjust comment.

    • Kyle Chandler

      At worst, JJ is a “safe” choice. I was hoping for someone like rion johnson when they first announced the new films, but I think JJ can get it off to a good and exciting start.

      • MJ

        Yea, that’s why I think JJ is the best choice for this first movie only. He is the best person to try to recapture the original trilogy mood and look of SW. That absolutely needs to the be the focus of this first movie.

        We all saw what happened with The Phantom Menace. That huge mistake of a major departure in the feel, look, humor and gravitas from the original trilogy CANNOT BE REPEATED AGAIN.

    • MJ

      Worst comment of the month so far. You obviously have no idea of what you are talking about.

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  • 80sRobot

    Each movie in the new trilogy should be directed by a different director, based on how well the person’s directing style will fit the particular screenplay. So I think Episode 9 should go to another person. This should mitigate creative burn-out and help each movie stand on its own.

    If J.J. stays on as an executive producer for all the movies, serving as the de facto stand-in for Lucas himself, to help ensure continuity across the new trilogy and spin-off movies, then would be fine. (What is J.J.’s future beyond Episode 7, by the way?)

    • BongBong

      Just like George Lucas didn’t direct Episodes I, II and III?

      • 80sRobot

        Well, that was the problem, I would argue. Lucas shouldn’t have directed (or fully written) all those movies. It was frankly too much for him to handle, and the results show this.

      • BongBong

        But Rian Johnson isn’t running Lucasfilm, LucasArts or involved in a million non-movie related activities.

    • Al

      Sam Raimi for episode 9. If not for anything else, BRUCE CAMPBELL STAR WARS.

      • BigJimSlade

        Robert Zemekis or Paul Verhoeven get my votes though Raimi would be cool, too.

  • Mike

    Please don’t Edgar Wright this!

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    JGL to play a Sith lord… there, I said it!

  • Matt

    This announcement warms my heart. Great director, well deserved.

  • Solvi Elisabetarson

    David Lynch to direct nr. 9. with even more Ewoks.

  • Davis

    Obviously Mr Goldberg wasn’t looking forward to the new star wars, JJ isn’t cool enough.

    Plus what does big break mean? Just because you haven’t directed a big blockbuster doesn’t mean you haven’t had your big break.

    • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

      It means that when you’re entrusted with directing a film that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, it allows you to get wider name recognition. This allows a filmmaker to pursue more personal projects that have higher budgets.
      Directing Star Wars is a huge boost to Rian Johnson’s career.

      • MJ

        JJA was the safe “dont fuck it up and get SW successfully restarted for us” kind of guy for this new transition movie, but they obviously want to go more creative with the new cast and team in the follow-up. Makes sense.

        At the risk of an NFL analogy, you bring in Martty Schottehemier to dominate the regular season and get your team to the playoffs, but you then need to bring someone else in to win in the playoffs and get to the Superbowl.

        JJ doesn’t want to spend anymore time outside of LA that he has to, so this was always a one-shot deal for him. Most of us would kill to live and work in London for a year, but he prefers his kids Beverly Hilss private schools and golfing at the Brentwood Country Club.

  • suave

    I Applaud this decision

  • Royale With Cheese

    Well it’s about time he shows up. I absolutely love this decision by Disney/Lucas but I wonder why the decided to only keep Abrams on for one film. Hmmm….

    • BongBong

      Maybe going back to Star Trek after? He probably has plenty of his own movies he’d like to do also.

  • WibbleDibble

    So they’re already shit-canning J.J Abrams…?

    Good.

  • Strong Enough

    Overrated director. None of his movie are amazing or stand out.

    • Bob

      Brilliant director. Amazing resume. Just can’t share your opinion on this.

  • The Third Bloom

    I like it a lot! His movies are under the radar but are very good finds, he definitely has a voice. JJ has flares and a visual style that comes from several filmmakers but he is a little bit more like a good TV director. Matt what are you thoughts on Brick do you recommend it? It’s the only one i haven’t seen.

  • The Third Bloom

    I like it a lot! His movies are under the radar but are very good finds, he definitely has a voice. JJ has flares and a visual style that comes from several filmmakers but he is a little bit more like a good TV director. Matt what are you thoughts on Brick do you recommend it? It’s the only one i haven’t seen.

  • MJ

    Huh?

    This is the guy who played Dwight in The Office, right?

    • Bob

      Wrong.

  • NotePad

    I do think it’s cool that Rian is writing and directing this, because Looper was an amazing SF film. But at the same time part of me feels he isn’t right. The stories in Star Wars are very simple, Joseph Campbell type Golden-age type stuff. Think Edgar Rice Burroughs. Whereas with Looper, Rian showed he has a very unique mind for sci-fi. I would compare his writing in Looper to that of Philip K. Dick. Imagine Philip Dick writing a Star Wars film.
    What I’m saying is perhaps Rian Johnson is too….innovative to write a Star Wars film himself. Because i want to see this trilogy in the style of the previous films. I love Rian’s and the idea of the guy who made Looper doing SW is cool, but I’ll put it this way: we shouldn’t have a SW story in the style of Philip K. Dick, a SW story should be done in the style of Leigh Brackett or joseph Campbell.

  • Johnny_Mook

    In the immortal words of Marcus Burnett: “Shit just got real”.

  • JediGrandmaster

    This is great news . They should have gotten him for episode VII too .

  • T_Toughnuts

    What an inspired choice…I love his three movies! Brothers Bloom is very underrated. His Breaking Bad episodes were also some of the best/most controversial of the series…What an interesting great choice…

  • Hugh

    Brothers Bloom was forgettable, Looper was a rip of other, better time travel flicks = B grade director. silly decision. there are so many people to choose from.

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  • Mike

    “Well here’s some fucking amazing news … Again, I can’t overstate how happy I am that Johnson is getting to do Star Wars!!”

    You sure are foaming at the mouth over this news.

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