Contrary to popular belief, movie-maker Rian Johnson hasnít been involved in the writing process for Star Wars: Episode IX. The director of The Last Jedi has been actively engaging with Star Wars fans since making a surprise visit to this yearís Star Wars Celebration, admitting his surprise at how intimately people become involved with the source materials of his upcoming movie. Itís still months until the movieís release, but Johnson has already received significant praise from Lucasfilm veteran Mark Hamill, who claimed that The Last Jedi made Rian Johnson one of his favorite directors. The Looper director has already had to defend his vision for Episode 8 however, after some argued that it could simply be a repeat of The Empire Strikes Back.

The pressure of helming a new installment in one of the most iconic franchises of all time must be immense, and The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has already come forward to reflect on the pressures of becoming involved with Star Wars. While Rian Johnson may be enjoying the hype surrounding Episode 8, part of him may be relieved to confirm that his control ends after the next movie.

He delivered the succinct confirmation that he hadnít been involved with the writing process of Episode 9 on Twitter:

@mattpeto That's old info, I haven't been involved in writing IX.

Many Twitter users were quick to assume that Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow would be taking on the writing duties as well as his directorial responsibilities. Rian Johnson hasnít responded to these queries, and thereís no guarantee that he actually knows the answer.

The confirmation that Colin Trevorrow would be directing Star Wars: Episode 9 was met with mixed reactions. His breakout success Jurassic World was a thrilling adventure, but many criticized aspects of the story and characterization. The general consensus was that his handling of nostalgia and bombastic set pieces made him the perfect choice to close out Lucasfilmís new trilogy, but that story-writing duties should be propped up by other veteran script writers. Itís worth noting as well, that Rian Johnsonís absence from the writing of Episode 9 doesnít necessarily have any bearing on Colin Trevorrowís responsibilities.

Trevorrow has already teased satisfying answers to some of the new trilogyís most compelling theories, yet he was certain to allude to the involvement of Lucasfilm at large in reference to the storyís conclusion. Heís already had to meet with executive producer Kathleen Kennedy regarding his options after the unfortunate loss of esteemed actor Carrie Fisher enforced changes on the story that was already in place. Kennedyís also come out to suggest that the Skywalker saga may be coming to a close after the events of Episode 9. This all suggests that the overarching story is essentially fixed, with Disney and Lucasfilm maintaining tight creative control. Whether Trevorrow does take on a significant portion of the writing process remains to be seen,but the director is already focused on how to nail the aesthetic feel of this final installment in Disneyís first Star Wars trilogy.

[Screen Rant]