Before director Rian Johnson's Star Wars entry had even been released, it was announced that he would be heading an entire trilogy of his own. Regardless of the divided reception of The Last Jedi, fans were eager to learn about the new planets and characters that Johnson would explore. Very little has since been revealed about that trilogy, though the director maintained in the past that he was still working on it.
In a recent interview with BANG Showbiz, Johnson discussed the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, rejoicing that he will be able to enjoy the saga as a fan again. When asked about his future involvement in the Star Wars franchise, Johnson said, "Well, we'll see. I'm still talking to Lucasfilm. They're figuring out what they're doing and we'll see what happens," soon after adding, "I'd be thrilled if it happens, and I'm working on my own stuff too."
His answer seemingly revealed the uncertain status of the planned trilogy, for which Johnson was supposed to be working closely with former Game of Thrones showrunners D.B Weiss and David Benioff, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Weiss and Benioff revealed earlier this year that their Star Wars trilogy would be set in the Old Republic, thousands of years before the events of the current saga.
The ambiguity of Johnson's most recent statement could mean a number of things. Only time will tell if this was an indication of the trilogy's cancellation, Johnson's exit or simply one of the many -- ultimately insignificant -- issues that are regularly encountered in both the creative and production sides of filmmaking.