Rian Johnson has officially begun work on his upcoming Star Wars trilogy. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now available on digital HD and will be released on Blu-ray next week. That means, Johnson is truly done with his obligations for that movie and can dedicate his time to Star Wars 10. He is developing an entirely new trilogy of movies for Lucasfilm that have nothing to do with the Skywalker saga. Now, it's been revealed that work has started on the new movies, even if the work is slow right now.
The news comes from Rian Johnson's longtime producing partner Ram Bergman, who worked closely with the director on The Last Jedi. While speaking on the topic briefly at the Rakuten TV Empire Awards, Bergman revealed that they've started work on the new Star Wars trilogy and that they hope to get "busier" soon. Here's what he had to say about it.
"We've started. Slowly, slowly, but we've started. Hopefully soon we're going to get busier."
Precious few details are currently available about this new Star Wars trilogy, but we know that Rian Johnson is going to have a lot of creative control when it comes to what shape this series of movies will ultimately take. The project came about as a result of Johnson and Lucasfilm having such a positive experience working with one another on The Last Jedi. Johnson pitched the idea of creating a new trilogy that would tell an entirely new story within the confines of the Star Wars universe and, beyond that, it's up to the creativity of the filmmaker to dictate where this thing can go.
This new Star Wars trilogy will be written and developed by Rian Johnson, who plans to direct at least the first installment. However, subsequent installments could be helmed by other directors. There's also the recently announced series of new movies in development from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Again, there are very few details available in regards to what story those movies will tell. There's also the long-rumored Obi-Wan movie, but there's been no official announcement from Lucasfilm about the project. Following the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story this May and J.J. Abrams' Star Wars 9 next December, the specific future of the franchise is largely a mystery.
We previously reported that the first installment of Rian Johnson's new Star Wars trilogy could be filming this summer in Scotland. That now seems unlikely, as it sounds like this is still in the very early stages. Not only that, but Star Wars 9 is set to begin filming in July and Lucasfilm probably wouldn't be in production on two of these movies at the exact same time with so much overlap. The good news is, they aren't rushing Johnson and he can take the time he needs to develop the story. You can check out the clip of Ram Bergman dishing the details on the new Star Wars trilogy for yourself below tanks to Empire Magazine YouTube.