Friday, June 20, 2014

Rumor: Rian Johnson To Write/Direct Episodes VIII & IX

By: Benjamin Hart

We may have some big news for the next two films in the upcoming Sequel Trilogy! Deadline, The Wrap and Variety are all reporting that Rian Johnson will write and direct Episodes VIII and IX. Johnson is best know for directing Looper(2012) and The Brothers Bloom(2008), among others. He also directed three episodes of the very popular Breaking Bad TV series.

Deadline was the first to reveal this information, stating that Lucasfilm is currently making a deal with Johnson to write and direct both films, and he will be joined Ram Bergman as producer. The Wrap fired back saying that, yes, Johnson will be writing and directing Episode VIII, but he will only be writing the story treatment for Episode IX and not directing. Variety agreed with The Wrap, also reporting that he will only be directing Episode VIII. Lucasfilm has yet to release any statements confirming or denying this news, but Rian Johnson himself posted an interesting video to his Twitter. It features a quote from the 1983 film The Right Stuff, which is "Dear Lord, please don't let me f*** up." Could that be a hint to Rian's reaction to this news? Time will tell. Also, Jedi News points to another incident on Twitter a month ago that also hints that this news is true.

Remember, even though this comes news comes from several reliable sources, it is in no way official until Lucasfilm confirms it. Take it with a grain of salt for the time being.

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