UPDATED: Rian Johnson To Write & Direct STAR WARS EPISODE VIII, Pen EPISODE IX Script



UPDATE: Some new details about this news. It appears that Johnson will write and direct Episode VIII and pen a draft for Episode IX. It looks as though the message got a bit mixed up when it was first reported. Read the original story below.


Just when you think it’s going to be a slow news day, you get a gigantic, intergalactic bomb dropped on you! As we know, JJ Abrams dropped out of the director’s chair for the third Star Trek film to take on the other massive space adventure in Star Wars, which he is currently filming. Disney who now owns the property, is taking a very aggressive approach to the franchise by setting up a film slate that will give us a new Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future. This includes several spin-off films in addition to the main franchise series.

This afternoon, news has broken, by Deadline, that Rian Johnson, the man behind the acclaimed action thriller Looper, will be taking the reigns on not one, but two Star Wars films. The plan, apparently, is to have him take control of the franchise once Abrams is done with Episode VIIJohnson will also write the scripts for the two sequels. No other details are being reported at this time.

Just a few weeks ago, it was revealed that Josh Trank, who is gearing up to direct the Fantastic Four reboot at Fox, and Gareth Edwards, who took the sci-fi world by storm this summer with the release of Godzilla, will both be taking on a Star Wars spin-off film for Disney. Which character or characters those films will be based on is still unknown. But, it has been rumored that Han Solo and Chewie, Boba Fett and the famed Red Team could be the focus. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more news comes along.


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