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Friday, June 20, 2014

Rian Johnson to Write and Direct Star Wars Episodes Eight and Nine

By Dave Bouressa

According to a report from, writer/director Rian Johnson is in talks with Lucasfilm to take the helm of that galaxy far, far away after J.J. Abrams has his way with it for Episode VII.

Johnson will take over the core film franchise, and he’ll get started quickly and this will be his preoccupation for quite awhile. Joining him as producer will be Ram Bergman. Johnson made his directing debut on the respected indie Brick, and then jumped to mainstream science fiction by writing and directing Looper, an inventive time travel thriller that starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Bergman produced both of those films. It would be hard to imagine Johnson taking on a higher profile challenge than two consecutive Star Wars films. I’ll tell you more when I know it. Johnson is repped by CAA.

As Star Wars rumors tend to do, this has spread like wildfire, and until Lucasfilm puts out an official announcement, this must be taken with a large grain of salt. Johnson has previously directed The Brothers BloomLooper, and several episodes of the hit AMC series Breaking Bad.

If this turns out to be true, Johnson will be joining the handful of directors tasked with taking the future of the Star Wars universe to the big screen including J.J. Abrams for Episode VII, along with Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, each of whom will be director seperate stand-alone films.


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