Rian Johnson, the director of amazing films such as Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper, is set to write and direct Star Wars: Episodes VIII and IX! I couldn't be more excited about this, I'm seriously beside myself with geek enthusiasm. I'm seriously more thrilled about this news than I was when I first heard J.J. Abrams was directing Episode VII.
Johnson is one of the most talented directors working today. It's so great that Disney and Lucasfilm recognize that talent and hired him to bring to life the next two more chapters of the Star Wars saga.
I couldn't think of a better choice to take over for Abrams. As much as I love Abrams, Johnson is a superior filmmaker. The guy has an extremely creative way with words in the scripts he writes and his film direction has always been stunning and beautiful.
According to Deadline, the director is getting started on the films quickly, and it's obviously going to keep him busy for a few years. What's funny about this, is that a year ago the director was asked what his chances on directing a Star Wars movie would be, and this is what he had to say:
"I don't think I'm on those sorts of lists. On the one hand, it's Star Wars, it would be very hard to say no to.
"On the other hand, for me, I'm really enjoying just writing my own stuff, and right now that's what I'm doing, I'm writing another original screenplay now, and we'll figure out how to get it made.
"That's sort of what I'm in it for, is telling my own stories, and seeing if we can strike out on some new ground. So, luckily I don't think it's a problem that I'll have to deal with!"
Well, now he gets to tell his own Star Wars stories, and I'm so happy! This is so awesome!!!!