Johnson’s Star Wars Trilogy Won’t Feature Legacy Characters
As far as we know, Lucasfilm and Disney have been developing two new trilogies of “Star Wars” films. One by “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the other by “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” writer-director Rian Johnson.
We know a trio of dates for new “Star Wars” films have been set aside with those titles to hit in the month of December in 2022, 2024, and 2026. We know Johnson is only confirmed to be writing and directing the first of his trilogy, and Kathleen Kennedy herself has previously indicated Benioff and Weiss are “working very closely with Rian”.
Now a new piece in THR indicates that with Netflix having locked down Benioff and Weiss for a five-year, $250 million development deal recently, it could limit their work on the “Star Wars” franchise. In fact, their sources suggest the pair are only confirmed to be writing a treatment for a new trilogy and is committed to penning at least one of the films as opposed to all three. It’s unclear if the duo will do more than write and/or produce on the franchise.
That’s not all though as Johnson, doing very early “Knives Out” promotion, spoke with The Observer about his films and he says the ‘unknown’ aspect of it is what is most appealing:
“I think that the fun and challenging part of [the new ‘Star Wars’ project] is to dive in, figure out what’s exciting and then figure out what it’s going to be. We’re doing something that steps beyond the legacy characters. What does that look like? To me, the blue sky element of it is what was most striking about it. I know the way that I’m coming at it and what’s fun about it for everyone in George Lucas’ films is figuring out, ‘what’s the next step?’ It really makes you think and figure out what the essence of ‘Star Wars’ is for me and what that will look like moving forward.”
Earlier this year came rumors of one of the trilogies being set during the time of the Old Republic, though it was never confirmed. It’s expected we won’t hear much about the future films at D23 this weekend as attention will be mostly on “The Mandalorian” series and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” which are both due out later this year.