UPDATE: Rian Johnson To Write & Direct Next Two STAR WARS Films!

Here's some big news for a Friday evening: Deadline report that Looper director Rian Johnson will take over from J.J. Abrams, and helm Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, and also write the scripts for 'em. More on this past the jump.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 6/20/2014

Fans wondered if Star Trek director J.J. Abrams would stay on and direct  the final two entries in the new Star Wars trilogy, and now it seems we have the answer. According to Deadline, Lucasfilm has made a deal with Looper writer-director Rian Johnson to write and direct Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX. The site say they don't know too much more about it at this point, but with the hiring of Chronicle‘s Josh Trank and Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards for their standalone films, it seems clear that Lucasfilm/Disney are looking for young, talented and also geek-friendly directors to kickstart their new journey to the galaxy far far away.

UPDATE: THR report that Johnson will only direct Episode VIII, but he is writing a treatment for Episode IX.
Source: Deadline
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Reasonnnn - 6/20/2014, 11:31 AM
I [frick]ing love BRICK and LOOPER.

OMG OMG OMG I AM GEEKING SO HARD RIGHT NOW

WAY MORE EXCITING THAN ABRAMS
Reasonnnn - 6/20/2014, 11:31 AM
AND TRANK AND GARETH EVANS
ALegendaryPanda - 6/20/2014, 11:31 AM
WOAH!!! Holy shit!
themidnightking - 6/20/2014, 11:31 AM
That's [frick]ing awesome!!!!
DEVLIN712 - 6/20/2014, 11:32 AM
Well, Abrams back for Star Trek 3?
Jollem - 6/20/2014, 11:32 AM
well, hells yes. not a bad choice
DEVLIN712 - 6/20/2014, 11:33 AM
Imagine if Abrams went and did a DC film after 2015. Green Lantern/Flash?
ArmGunar - 6/20/2014, 11:33 AM
Why note keep Abrams ? :/

I didn't like Looper ... it was very disappointing with several problems ...
ArmGunar - 6/20/2014, 11:33 AM
Why not*
Jollem - 6/20/2014, 11:33 AM
i'd like to see rian johnson, neill blomkamp and duncan jones collaborate on something
DaVinci31 - 6/20/2014, 11:34 AM
"Rarely have I seen the revival of a film franchise stir so much fervor as Star Wars, among hot young filmmakers who grew up loving George Lucas’ original film trilogy."

TheAbaryMan369 - 6/20/2014, 11:35 AM
WHAT

THE

FUUUUCK
TheAbaryMan369 - 6/20/2014, 11:35 AM
I don't... even..... know............
LeonardKnows - 6/20/2014, 11:37 AM
Thats HUUUUGE!
Starfox - 6/20/2014, 11:38 AM
I love that they are choosing different Directors for these films.
Spidey5194 - 6/20/2014, 11:38 AM
This is very surprising. I'm curious as to why JJ isn't staying on for the trilogy. Imagine if he gets involved with DC?! Green Lantern & Flash anyone?
Mrcool210 - 6/20/2014, 11:38 AM
this is bad news for episode 7, they must not have a lot of faith in jjs vision. Or he isn't doing every tiny little thing the mouse wants.
yossarian - 6/20/2014, 11:38 AM
I don't give a chainsaw.
ALegendaryPanda - 6/20/2014, 11:38 AM
This guy also directed my favorite Breaking Bad episode of all time "Ozymandias".

So yeah, I'm pretty [frick]ing happy with this choice!
RichardBoldly - 6/20/2014, 11:38 AM
Before the World Cup begins, everybody was thinking like this would happen...



But now....





BEST WORLD CUP EVER, BITCHES!!!
SwanRonson - 6/20/2014, 11:39 AM
Cool.
ndwwrestler2 - 6/20/2014, 11:40 AM
Is this real!? DO NOT PLAY WITH MY EMOTIONS!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/20/2014, 11:41 AM
Looper was great up until they introduced the shitty kid. Then it just sucked.
DaVinci31 - 6/20/2014, 11:42 AM
Looper director, muthaf*ckas!

Pasto - 6/20/2014, 11:43 AM
Who knew Star Wars was so popular.

I sure didn't.
ScorpioRisin - 6/20/2014, 11:43 AM
HOLY SHIT
He not only directed Looper, but also the best episode of BrBa.
This is great.
MrBlackjack - 6/20/2014, 11:46 AM
I love Looper, although I am a little disappointed JJ won't be doing the whole trilogy.
DaVinci31 - 6/20/2014, 11:47 AM
@RichardBoldly

Pretty much.



ndwwrestler2 - 6/20/2014, 11:48 AM
JJ Abrams AND Rian Johnson!?

Disney ain't playin around!
EzioKenway1225 - 6/20/2014, 11:50 AM
mrcool-or it could be that he only agreed to do one movie and they wanted a different director for the other two, dont be so negative all the time
charlie2094 - 6/20/2014, 11:50 AM
Interesting!

Didn't really expect Abrams to stick around for the entire trilogy, and Johnson is absolutely a great pick! Happy with this for sure :D
DraculaX - 6/20/2014, 11:51 AM
Well this was out of the blue. Hey since JJ is only doing one Star Wars movie, can we delay Star Trek 3 to 2017 JJ can direct that one and not [frick]ing Roberto Orci.

Shit get him on Flash/Green Lantern, that would be a dream come true.
CaptainAmerica31 - 6/20/2014, 11:51 AM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

IVE BEEN SAYING IT SINCE RHEY ANNOUNCED THE NEW TRILOGY. GET RIAN JOHNSON THE MOVIE! He is an excellent director and writer and he is perfect for anything CBM related or Sci-Fi related
Gusto - 6/20/2014, 11:52 AM

ChaosLord - 6/20/2014, 11:52 AM
Looper was weak. It had potential, but fell apart - not a good directorial choice and I hated Chronicle - again, potential and good concepts both, but the final products were B listers at best.
Starfox - 6/20/2014, 11:52 AM
I'm thinking that whoever does a better job out of Abrams and Johnson will probably direct Episode IX
Steelers4190 - 6/20/2014, 11:53 AM
So Abrams to helm a DC project for WB? lol
Phronesis - 6/20/2014, 11:53 AM
Looper's concept was interesting. The whole premise is just so [frick]ing jaw-dropping and entertaining. But good God did the execution suck.
Tuuralihn - 6/20/2014, 11:53 AM
Well, Looper was [frick]ing awesome. I'm ok with this.
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