Disney today announced that Rian Johnson, the man behind the soon-to-be-released eighth film in the franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is to write and direct his own, brand new trilogy.

Opening with “The force is strong in this one” (Okay, he didn’t really but he should have) Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, revealed that Johnson, whose previous credits include the underrated Looper and overrated Brick, will create new stories featuring a new set of characters who inhabit “a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored”.

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So, first things first, while Couchpotato is a TV site and not a movie site, I’m prepared to make an exception for Star Wars, plus… we’ll get to the TV news in a mo… in the meantime, here’s the trailer again.

 

The first thing that strikes me about Johnson being handed the reins for three new movies is that he must have done a hell of a job on The Last Jedi. And that makes the five week wait all the more tantalising, especially when you hear Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy’s enthusiam.

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi. He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

Emboss that on your resume, Rian. In gold.

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With my hunch that with the Jedi tree taking Star Wars back to its roots, it suggests Johnson may also be steering the new trilogy in a more spiritual and mystical direction.

It was also announced that a live-action Star Wars TV series is on the way, to air on Disney’s streaming service by the end of 2019.

Great news, but might it mean an oversaturation of Star Wars stories?

The news also means that Marvel Studios shows such as Daredevil, The Punisher and Jessica Jones will no longer air on Neflix. Let’s hope the shake-up brings much improvement to a sinking ship.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas December 17th and in my dreams tonight but we’ll have to wait until at least 2019 for the TV show.