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Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Trilogy Seemingly Canceled Following Disney Investor Day, However Is It?

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The Final Jedi hit theaters three years in the past. Even earlier than the second entry in Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy was introduced, the studio revealed that director Rian Johnson was set to create a brand new trilogy set inside a galaxy far, far-off. Official updates have been few and much between within the years since. Now, with Disney’s large investor day presentation behind us, it appears as if Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy could have been canceled by Disney. Or, on the very least, it seems to be on a distant backburner.

Disney’s investor day presentation turned out to be an enormous occasion, showcasing a lot of reveals from the studio’s greatest franchises. Star Wars included. Not solely have been a number of new exhibits, equivalent to Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, The Acolyte, Visions and Lando revealed, however new particulars for Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Unhealthy Batch have been additionally shared. Plus, there was the shock reveal of a Rogue Squadron film from Marvel Girl director Patty Jenkins, which is about to hit theaters in December 2023. Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit, can be creating a brand new film inside the franchise. And, to prime all of it off, R2-D2 and C-3PO are set to headline a brand new animated film for Disney+ referred to as A Droid Story.

But, amongst all of the information that may carry the Star Wars franchise for a minimum of the subsequent few years, not a phrase was talked about about Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy. Whereas Disney has not stated that the undertaking has been scrapped, issues aren’t wanting notably good in the mean time. For his half, Johnson stated in October 2019 that he was nonetheless speaking to Lucasfilm and that he could be “thrilled if it occurs.” However the “if” in that assertion appeared to be doing extra heavy lifting than we could have realized on the time.

If we’re to imagine the undertaking has been scrapped, the query turns into why? Lucasfilm and Disney appeared totally assured in The Final Jedi forward of its launch. Critics extensively praised the film and it grossed greater than $1.3 billion on the field workplace. On paper, a smashing success. Nevertheless it additionally proved to be probably the most divisive film within the historical past of the franchise, intensely dividing followers. Even exterior of the small minority of vocal, poisonous followers, there isn’t a denying that individuals have blended emotions about Episode VIII. It’s potential that the response to the film brought on Lucasfilm to hit the pause button on the trilogy.

Few particulars have been ever revealed concerning the films. Rian Johnson defined that it will transfer past the legacy characters and discover new territory. Past that, a lot remained mysterious. What we all know for certain is that, past Rogue Squadron, Disney has launch dates put aside for Star Wars films in December 2025 and December 2027. A type of is undoubtedly going to go to Taika Waititi’s film. That also leaves room for an additional story. However, for the second a minimum of, it does not appear overly seemingly that will probably be Johnson’s story. You’ll be able to take a look at the entire lately introduced initiatives over at StarWars.com.

Ryan Scott at Movieweb

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