For a very long time, Star Wars creator George Lucas refused to release the rights to the world-famous brand to anyone due to his fear that the storyline and premise would get lost or butchered. When Lucas decided to sell Lucasfilm, including the rights to Star Wars, to Disney in 2012, he knew that it was good hands. It’s been five years, and Disney has already created two smash hits with a third on the way. As a result of their immediate success, Disney has announced that a new Star Wars trilogy would be created from a blank canvas. The possibilities are endless, but if recent history has told us anything, it’s that Disney is going to knock it out of the park.
Director Rian Johnson
Although rumors were circulating that J.J. Abrams would be the ultimate successor of Lucas, after he did a wonderful job with The Force Awakens, Disney decided to go with The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson. Johnson wrote and directed the most recent edition of the Star Wars saga, which has been critically acclaimed ever since the first trailer premiered on Monday Night Football in October. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was quoted saying, “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
In terms of “blank canvas,” Johnson will be writing and directing the first installment of the new trilogy. It will not follow the same storyline as the current Skywalker saga, but rather, it will feature new characters from “a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.” Of course, like with any change, there will be plenty of skepticism surrounding the launch of a new trilogy. All skeptics should wait until December 15, when The Last Jedi hits theaters, to place judgement, because clearly, everyone surrounding the films believes that Johnson is the man for the job. It’s hard to imagine a Star Wars flop, considering The Force Awakens brought in $2 billion worldwide, and spinoff film, Rogue One raked in $1 billion.