Back when director Rian Johnson was still hard at work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm and Disney announced that, following the release of the film, Johnson would then start working on a separate Star Wars trilogy. While details were scarce, it was said that these new movies would be detached from the main Skywalker saga, and tell a new story that explored a new corner of the expansive galaxy far, far away.
At the time, the fandom was excited, given that the trailers for Episode XIII promised a dark and exciting film that looked to build on the strong foundations of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But although the film was released to critical acclaim, there was a vocal portion of the fans who despised the film and the way it altered the perception of Luke Skywalker. For that reason, some lost interest in Johnson's upcoming project, to the point that they wished it would simply be scrapped.
The Last Jedi hate has still been going strong, even eight months after its release -- so much so in fact that last week, unfounded rumors started circulating online that Johnson's trilogy of Star Wars movies was no longer in the works. Naturally, the rumor spread like wildfire, and it was up to the writer and director himself to put it to rest.
Last Wednesday, on Twitter, a fan asked Johnson if he was still working on his Star Wars trilogy. The director answered with a very brief "Yup," along with the emoji of a fist, succinctly confirming that his untitled trilogy is still very much happening.
Yup. 👊🏻— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) August 29, 2018
Outside of its vocal detractors, The Last Jedi has many fans who believe that the film took the franchise in unexpected and creative directions. To them, confirmation that Johnson is still hard at work on his new movies should come with a lot of excitement, given that there is no telling what the director will cook up with new characters, new locations and an entirely new storyline.
Rian Johnson's untitled Star Wars trilogy does not have a release date yet. Following the conclusion of The Last Jedi, the franchise's main saga will reach a conclusion with Star Wars: Episode IX. Directed and co-written by JJ Abrams, Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. It is scheduled to open on December 20, 2019.