Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to hit theaters this weekend and it’s being praised for taking the galaxy far, far away to a new place. Much of that is being attributed to director Rian Johnson and his new spin on the iconic franchise. Following The Last Jedi, Johnson is set to take on a new trilogy of Star Wars films for Lucasfilm and when talking about how the deal came to be, Johnson revealed something very interesting.
In an interview with /Film, Johnson discussed how the deal between him and Lucasfilm came to be:
“It came about because we were getting to the end of making this and again, I knew I wasn’t doing the next one. And I had had a really good time not just making this movie, but working with Kathy and also working with Disney, working with Bob Iger, Alan Horn, and Alan Berg. And we just had just a really good experience. And we were all…it was like last week of senior year. We were cleaning out our lockers. And all getting kind of sad. And saying, how do we keep working together? And that I threw out, I said, the most interesting thing to me would be a new trilogy, one story told over three movies. Go new places, meet new folks, come up with a new story to tell in the Star Wars universe. The sky’s the limit. That sounds thrilling. And they really responded to that. So we’re off, yeah.”
The fact that Johnson was able to sell an entire trilogy of films without even pitching a story must speak to the strength of the relationship between him and Lucasfilm. President of the studio, Kathleen Kennedy, has heavily praised Johnson from the beginning and his new trilogy only goes a step further in cementing that praise. –Jackson Hayes
The Last Jedi: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.