With Star Wars: The Last Jedi arriving on Blu-ray and DVD last week, director Rian Johnson has been making the press rounds, where he also addressed his new Star Wars trilogy that he's developing for LucasFilm. While trying to get any concrete plot details out of the filmmaker may be an exercise in futility, that doesn't stop people from trying, with the filmmaker revealing exactly where he's at in the process of putting this trilogy together. Here's what he had to say in a new interview below.
"I'm looking at everything right now. I'm honestly just in this very nice 'OK, what is this thing going to be?' phase. Really, the only goal I have is to think about how Star Wars made me feel as a kid. And that's it. I'm trying to capture: what is that, if it's not iconography that we recognize, necessarily, from the original trilogy? What captures that spirit? What can be that for a kid who's never heard of Star Wars? It's getting back to the very fundamental questions of what makes this what it is."
Unlike Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson does have a strong presence online and on social media, where he has been getting a multitude of differing takes on his blockbuster Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Fans have taken Johnson to task over his bold decisions involving Luke Skywalker and the use of women in the story, but the director added that, despite a lot of negativity, a vast majority of his social media interactions have been positive.
"Being out there on social media myself, I'm getting the proper perspective of, you know, there's this much of it, and 90% of what I've been getting has been so lovely and wonderful. And then also just knowing that that's just the flip side of the coin. You can't take the good stuff without realising that with that same passion, you're going to have people that are upset about stuff, but that's not necessarily bad; it's just both sides of the same coin of people really caring about this. You can't take the good without the bad. When you make a movie, you only pray to God that you get this kind of passionate reaction to it. It's been really cool."
Aside from the fact that this trilogy is happening, with Rian Johnson writing and directing, nothing else is known about what happen in this story, except that it will feature brand new characters and a brand new story. When within the Star Wars timeline this will take place, is also not known, but it will likely not fit within this current trilogy, the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. With Star Wars 9 hitting theaters in 2019, and another spin-off believed to be arriving in 2020, there is no indication as to when this new trilogy would actually hit theaters. You can head over to Digital Spy for their interview with Rian Johnson.