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“It would break my heart if I were finished”: Rian Johnson Reveals He’s Still in Touch With Kathleen Kennedy for His Proposed Star Wars Trilogy Despite the Last Jedi’s Critical Failure

After George Lucas created the Star Wars universe, another man tried to take up the lead role and make his own trilogy in the Star Wars universe, that man was Rian Johnson. Having directed the blockbuster but critically bashed movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), plans for a trilogy were in motion by Rian Johnson, until it stopped.

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The poster of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
The poster of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).

Rian Johnson would still like to make a Star Wars trilogy

In an interview, the director was asked about the plans for the Star Wars trilogy that may occur in the future. The director revealed that he has been in contact with Kathleen Kennedy, who is the president of Lucasfilm and they both discussed the plans for it.

Rian Johnson at the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
Rian Johnson at the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).

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“I’ve stayed close to Kathleen Kennedy and we get together often and talk about it, It’s just at this point a matter of schedule and when it can happen. It would break my heart if I were finished if I couldn’t get back in that sandbox at some point.”

Furthering the involvement and concrete plans for a follow-up to the planned trilogy, the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy recently revealed her side of the plans.

“Now, everybody’s so busy – genuinely busy and working on things. Rian had such a gigantic success with Knives Out that he’s very committed to try and get that done. So it’ll be a while. And we have to work three, five years in advance on what we’re doing. So that’s where that sits. But we love him.”

She further continued,

“There’s a spark of hope, then. And if The Last Jedi taught us anything, it’s that all it took was a spark to light the fire to burn the First Order down. We’re more than willing to wait for a fresh batch of Rian Johnson Star Wars stories to ignite.”

Rian Johnson revealed a promising update

Rian Johnson is also known for directing Knives Out (2019).
Rian Johnson is also known for directing Knives Out (2019).

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Discussing things with Empire Online, the Knives out director stated that he would very much like to return to his roots for the trilogy to finish. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) had a budget of $200-300 million for which the film sat comfortably in theaters for quite a while. Earning a billion dollars ($1.333 billion to be precise), the film was helmed as a box-office success, however, the critics were left unimpressed.

Rian Johnson was criticized for his directorial style which was a bit like the famous TV series Breaking Bad. Rian Johnson is famous for directing Season 5th episode “Fifty One” for which he was awarded as the Best Director. Not a newbie to polarizing the audience, Johnson has directed the worst-rated as well as the highest-rated episodes for Breaking Bad. From Fly to Ozymandias, Rian Johnson is definitely a master of his craft, even if they don’t always appeal to everyone.

As for the Star Wars lore, The Mandalorian will be returning for its 3rd season in February 2023 while a live-action Ahsoka series is in development with Rosario Dawson at the lead.

Rian Johnson’s much-awaited sequel to Knives OutGlass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will have a limited theatrical release in November before premiering on Netflix on December 23, 2022.

Source: Empire