We recently revealed that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy has been cancelled by Lucasfilm, but is the filmmaker done with the galaxy far, far away…? I’m thinking that there’s more to this story than meets the eye, and let me explain why.
Yes, we reported that Johnson’s trilogy was dunzo, finito, kaput… However, recent developments have led us to believe that he might actually be working on something else for the galaxy far, far away.
We can’t really go into specifics because we don’t want to get anybody into trouble, but after posting our exclusive article in which we revealed that Johnson’s trilogy had been scrapped by Lucasfilm, we’ve heard things that might suggest that something else Johnson-related is coming when it comes to the Star Wars universe.
Could Rian Johnson be working on another Star Wars project?
The first thing we do know is that Lucasfilm isn’t moving forward with Johnson’s trilogy, and we think that they might have come up with a compromise. Rather than giving him a complete Star Wars trilogy, it seems as though they might be giving him another standalone project.
Lucasfilm and Disney are being very cautious when it comes to their future Star Wars movies and TV shows, and for good reason. The sequel trilogy did pretty well at the box office, but the final two films weren’t very well received by the fans.
They also ended up making a bit less money than The Force Awakens, and it looked as though Disney and Lucasfilm panicked a bit. They released Star Wars standalone movies such as Rogue One and Solo. Now, Rogue One did well with audiences, critics, and it performed pretty well at the box office.
Solo, on the other hand, didn’t do so well. The movie, even though I think it’s pretty decent, didn’t perform well at the box office, and fans and critics alike didn’t really take to it. So, Disney decided to pause the films and focus on TV shows.
However, some of the latest Star Wars shows have also been pretty poorly received. The likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Book Of Boba Fett were panned by the fandom and also by critics.
On a personal note, I thought that The Book Of Boba Fett was incredibly poor, and I was shocked by how bad it ended up being. We’ve since seen Lucasfilm cancel a whole slew of their upcoming movies.
Lucasfilm has been cancelling most of its Star Wars movies
They were going to make a Star Wars film with Kevin Feige. The film was being written by Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness scribe, Michael Waldron. Lucasfilm has since cancelled that project.
They also scrapped Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron film. It was then revealed that Watchmen, Lost and The Leftovers creator, Damon Lindelof and his writing team left their Star Wars film. They were then replaced by Peaky Blinders creator, Steven Knight.
The film is still currently in development and is supposedly going to be directed by Ms. Marvel director, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. The other Star Wars film that is ‘officially’ in development is Taika Waititi’s film. It was reported recently that he wants to star in the film as well as write and direct it.
There have been rumours that Waititi’s Star Wars film has also been cancelled, but nothing official has been announced yet, and we haven’t heard anything about that movie being scrapped from our own sources.
Could Johnson be working on a standalone Star Wars movie?
So, let’s get back to Rian Johnson and his future in the galaxy far, far away. We’ve been informed that he won’t be developing his Star Wars trilogy. However, we’ve also heard through the grapevine that he might be working on a standalone Star Wars project which could be announced relatively soon.
My best guess would be that Lucasfilm could be gearing up to announce something Johnson-related at Star Wars Celebration, which is taking place in London this April. However, this is just us speculating. We haven’t heard anything solid on that matter.
But, it would make sense for Lucasfilm to announce at least one big movie at the event. There have been reports that they might reveal more information about the Steven Knight Star Wars film during the event.
I have a feeling that they might also want to announce a big future project, and that could be Johnson’s next project. I still don’t know whether it’ll be a movie or a TV show, but what I do know is that it won’t be his reported trilogy. That’s not happening.
“Compromise” is the key word here
One of the main reasons why it won’t happen is because Johnson is just too busy to devote the amount of time needed to write, plan, cast, and direct a trilogy. He’s already got one universe to handle: the Knives Out cinematic universe, which is looking to be huge for both him and for Netflix.
He’s also working on more episodes of his hit Peacock series, Poker Face, which is brilliant. He’s just an incredibly busy man these days, and it sounds as though he’s had to compromise. Johnson has made it very clear that he loves the Star Wars universe and is desperate to do more in that galaxy. He doesn’t want to give that up.
However, maybe a trilogy might have been too much to ask of Johnson, and Lucasfilm seems to be in agreement. I think that Lucasfilm wants to keep Johnson around and would love to have him make a standalone movie or series set in the galaxy far, far away. That said, they don’t want him to commit to something he can’t deliver.
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