Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy has reportedly been dropped from Lucasfilm due to creative differences between the studio and the director.
Rian Johnson is scheduled Star wars film trilogy has reportedly been shelved due to creative differences with Lucasfilm. In November 2017, a month before Johnsons Star Wars: The Last Jedi came to cinemas, the studio announced that the director would oversee a brand new film trilogy taking place in Star wars galaxy. While the project was green-lit without an entire story pitch, the idea was that it would be completely separate from the Skywalker saga, exploring new characters and locations to further fill the franchise’s canon. Over the last four years, very little progress has been made with Johnson’s trilogy.
Partly driven by divisive reactions to The last Jedi, there have been numerous rumors that the project has been canceled. As recently as February 2021, however, Johnson assured Star wars the trilogy is still under development. He chalked up the lack of concrete updates to his busy schedule. Everything has been quiet on the Johnson trilogy front ever since, and that may be because it’s actually not happening anymore.
Matthew Beloni’s newsletter for Puck (hat tip Den or Geek) describes Lucasfilm’s problems with creative differences with filmmakers, triggered by Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron the movie is delayed. Beloni writes about the status of others Star wars projects, noting that similar incidents occurred with David Benioff & DB Weiss and even Johnson:
“It also happened to Rian Johnson, whose own planned trilogy was shelved.”
Unlike other creatives Lucasfilm had an altercation with, Johnson had experience with both the studio and Star wars franchise. In the run-up to The last Jedi, Johnson spoke openly about the creative freedom he had, and his trilogy pitch indicated that he was excited to continue working on Lucasfilm. Interestingly, creative differences would arise with him, especially since it seemed Johnson was on the same side as the higher-ups. Of course, specific details about his trilogy narrative were never revealed, so it is possible that he and Lucasfilm had conflicting ideas about what they wanted the series to achieve. Lucasfilm has a number Star wars projects under development across multiple media; perhaps Johnson’s pitch did not match other areas of cannon. Hopefully one day further details will be revealed.
After The last Jedi, Johnson wrote, directing the acclaimed whodunnit Knives Out, and earned himself an Oscar nomination in the process. Johnson has since signed a very lucrative deal with Netflix to produce two Knives Out successors, the first of which recorded earlier this year. In all likelihood, he will continue to find success with or without Star wars. His trilogy, which is being shelved, gives Lucasfilm more trouble. It is yet another project officially announced that was never realized, which is a recurring problem in the studio. Also as divisive as The last Jedi was, Johnson is still a unique voice known for thinking out of the box with his filmmaking. As Star wars seems to be moving beyond the Skywalker saga, and it would be an advantage to have someone like him in the house.
Next: Why Rise of Skywalker Would Have Been Better With Rian Johnson
Source: Puck (via Den of Geek)
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