Rian Johnson “Dying to Direct” Star Wars: The Mandalorian Episode


There may be no more divisive name to Star Wars fans than Rian Johnson. After his Star Wars: The Last Jedi, many fans felt he’d mistreated the beloved characters while others watched his breakout hit film Knives Out and wondered how he could be celebrated and loathed at the same time. Well, this might get some fans attention as USA Today bestselling author Sariah Wilson asked Johnson if he would ever consider doing an episode of the hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian and then she posted his response on Twitter.


“He said he was dying to, but that for him it’s all about scheduling. He’s been writing KO2 and now he’s going to go directly into filming it. So it would be a matter of finding time to break away and do it. He said he has spoken to Dave Filoni about it. He had gone and visited the set during Season 1. He said it was so cool and I told him I was very jealous. He had seen ‘Baby Yoda’ months before the reveal. He said it was fascinating seeing the way that they’re shooting the show.

He asked if I’d seen BTS stuff (of course I had). He said when he was standing there in that space and they did the thing where they moved the camera and the perspective on the screen shifted he said he almost fell over. You get vertigo. That it’s almost like virtual reality. That it’s fascinating and feels so real when you’re standing there. It’s really interesting to see how it translates onscreen.”




While Johnson may have proven himself as a competent director with Looper and Knives Out, I have no interest whatsoever in him returning to a galaxy far, far away, even though Star Wars is dead. Nonetheless, if Kathleen and Rian get their way, the fan backslash and Disney spin would be interesting at least.

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Jamison Ashley

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