Rian Johnson’s Long-Threatened Star Wars Trilogy Formally Scrapped


Rian Johnson has been linked to a new Star Wars trilogy for several years, first announced by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy before the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Johnson’s trilogy was said to be separate from the Skywalker saga, and this news excited many people at the time, before his film hit theaters.


That is, until The Last Jedi was released on the big screen. The fanbase was split.


It was an extremely divisive Star Wars film. The fandom was divided. Some people liked and defended it, while others despised it, not just for its poor treatment of Luke Skywalker, but because Johnson was just so smug. 



Then Disney decided to finish the sequel trilogy, bringing back J.J. Abrams for the equally bad The Rise Of Skywalker, and the brand was pretty much dead. But is there finally some “new hope” on the horizon?


Small Screen UK is reporting something we have long presumed:


According to our sources, it looks like Disney and Lucasfilm have decided to pull the plug on Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, mainly because there has been so little movement on his trilogy for a while now.

“The last I’ve heard, Disney has given Johnson’s trilogy the axe,” said an insider about Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy.

‌They went on to add the following: It’s been problematic for Disney and Lucasfilm as they love Johnson and his work, but they just cannot get past the fans’ poor reaction to The Last Jedi.

‌The insider then added that “both parties are in agreement that the best thing to do is to move on and part ways”.

The filmmaker is extremely busy at the moment, and it looks like he’s going to be tied up with other projects for the next few years. He’s doing very well with his Knives Out movies. Glass Onion, which is his second movie set in the Knives Out universe, was released on Netflix towards the end of 2022, and it was extremely well received by critics and Netflix subscribers alike.


Rian Johnson’s representation, Disney and Lucasfilm were reached for comment on this report, but they all declined. We knew this was happening, and said so here, here, and here, but it looks like Disney and Lucasfilm will never admit failure.

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Jamison Ashley

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