Johnson Directing Star Wars: Episode VIII

By Dr. Know on June 20th, 2014

Rian Johnson (Looper) is in talks with Lucasfilm to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, folks. In addition to directing Episode XIII he’ll also pen a treatment for Episode IX. Like everything elseĀ Star Wars-related these days, however, news on Episode XIII and IX’s stories are null and void at this point.

Johnson is the latest addition to the new Star Wars family. He follows director Josh Trank (Chronicle), who’s on board to direct a one-shot, as well as Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), another one-shot wonder.

As for Episode VII, it’s being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.