Rian Johnson has revealed he is uncertain if heíll direct all three installments of his recently-announced new Star Wars trilogy, but heís going to map out the full story regardless. In the midst of hype for The Last Jedi (which Johnson also directed), Lucasfilm dropped the bombshell last month that Johnson would be spearheading the galaxy far, far awayís big screen future with a new series of films completely separate from what has come before. Fans responded to this news with much enthusiasm, believing that it will finally be what frees Star Wars from its nostalgic legacy elements itís arguably been too beholden to the past few years.


Though Johnson (along with producing partner Ram Bergman) serves as the primary creative driving force behind the trilogy, he is so far confirmed to only write and direct the first movie. This could change as time goes on, of course, but right now heís more concerned with figuring out the full arc of this new narrative and making the initial film in it.


Speaking to Collider, Johnson was asked about his impending Star Wars future, revealing what he could at this stage:


ďHonestly I donít know yet [if Iíll direct all three]. I know Iím gonna come up with the whole thing, the idea is to come up with one big story, but I know Iím gonna write and direct at least the first one. Then Iím gonna have toóeven the first one at this point weíre still figuring it out, so I donít know yet. But I know I want to come up with the whole thing and then weíll see.Ē


Johnson has been very busy dealing with Last Jedi post-production and promotion lately, so it makes sense that heís still in early development on this new trilogy. The idea only came to him while Episode VIII was wrapping up and he was spitballing with Kathleen Kennedy about how the two could work together again following a great experience with Last Jedi. Whatís most interesting here is that Johnson wants to map out the full story before moving ahead into pre-production on his own ďepisode one.Ē


This is a stark contrast from the way Lucasfilm handled the Skywalker saga sequel trilogy, where all Johnson had to follow was the script for The Force Awakens. Should other filmmakers take on one of the Johnson Trilogy entries, they may have to agree to certain plot points before signing on. Though, it should be noted that Johnson is a creative collaborator, and heíd likely be open to revising elements down the road depending on what happens. These films are years away, so things could change.


Johnsonís track record is virtually spotless, and The Last Jedi is by all accounts a great Star Wars installment, but there would be some value in handing off the two other chapters of the Johnson Trilogy to other directors. Injecting fresh blood could help keep the franchise feeling fresh as it enters this bold new era, and there is no shortage of talented filmmakers who would be interested in playing in that immersive sandbox. Itíll be fascinating to see what happens moving forward, but thereís no denying itís an exciting time to be a fan.