Disney continue to use the force and make very, very smart decisions. Not only did they hire the master of the intense blockbuster, JJ Abrams to direct Episode VII, but they chose two extremely talented and exciting directors for the as yet un-named spin-offs, Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) and Josh Trank (Chronicle). Now they have reportedly continued that trend of smart, brave and edgy directors by hiring Rian Johnson (Looper) to not only direct, but also write Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Johnson made a name for himself when he wrote and directed the deliciously dark and painfully cool thriller Brick back in 2005, and since then has also wrote and directed The Brothers Bloom and one of the best films of 2012, Looper. Hiring him to take charge of both writing AND directing Episode VIII is a very, VERY exciting prospect, and at this moment in time Disney are doing absolutely EVERYTHING right with regards to Star Wars. They really are delivering on fans expectations with these amazing directors, and with Abrams kicking things off, Star Wars is guaranteed to be the biggest franchise in the coming years.
Forget Marvel, forget Sony and Spider-Man, Warners and all its DC projects, and any other superhero franchise or sci-fi adventure series, Star Wars is where its at, and Disney are really pushing for greatness here, and with the directors they have chosen so far, greatness is a given. I am so so excited about what Disney have in store for the next six years with a Star Wars film every alternate year, and a spin-off every other year.
While it has not been confirmed as yet, Disney are expected to make the official announcement shortly. It has also been reported that Johnson will be writing Episode IX too, while other stories are claiming he will also direct, but that remains to be seen. Johnson did all but confirm the Episode VIII news by posting the following video, which is an excellent choice by the way, to his Twitter feed.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that Johnson will take over the core film franchise, and he’ll get started quickly and this will be his preoccupation for quite awhile. Technically, he’ll write that second treatment but the intention on both sides is that he direct the two installments. Joining him as producer will be Ram Bergman.