There will be tons of new information coming at Star Wars Celebration next week, including new looks and trailers for Episode IX, The Mandalorian, The Clone Wars, Resistance, Jedi: Fallen Order, etc. And that’s in addition to all of the other discussions and reveals regarding all things Star Wars, such as with books and comics and merchandise.
But I’m also curious to see what (if any) information we get about the future of Star Wars beyond Episode IX. We know that all of the attention currently is on the film that is being billed as the final installment in the Skywalker saga, and rightfully so. That means that it’s entirely possible that Lucasfilm may choose to go the Marvel route and not announce many plans about what happens beyond this massive film until it releases (much like Marvel is being silent on Phase Four until after the release of Avengers: Endgame).
We already know that there will be two new trilogies coming, however: one of them will be helmed by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and the other will be coming from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
And despite the attempts of a minority of upset fans to spread false rumors, Johnson is still very much going to make his trilogy. In fact, he apparently has already begun work on it, albeit slowly. As has always been the case, before Johnson turns his attention to Star Wars once more he is working on his latest film, Knives Out, which will release later this year and which stars Daniel Craig and Chris Evans (and reunites Johnson with Star Wars veteran Frank Oz). But recently, Johnson and Ram Bergman (who produces Johnson’s films and works very closely with the director) confirmed that they have already begun work on their Star Wars trilogy.
Mark Newbold of Fantha Tracks grabbed the transcription of what Johnson and Bergman said earlier this month at the 2018 Rakuten TV Empire Awards. “We’ve started,” Bergman said. “Slowly, slowly, but we’ve started. Hopefully soon we’re going to get busier.” Additionally, Johnson said that they need to “figure out what it’s going to be.”
So nothing major to report there, but it’s still nonetheless confirmation that Johnson and Bergman have, in fact, begun working on their trilogy – albeit slowly. I’m sure that once they’re finished with Knives Out they’ll be able to transition more fully to Star Wars, but in the meantime they’re trying to figure out exactly what stories to tell and what to make the films like.
But if they’re anything like the previous Star Wars film made by Johnson and Bergman, then they’ll be absolutely terrific. I can’t wait!