In addition to the new film trilogy, Disney's CEO Bob Iger said during the company's quarterly earnings call on Thursday that a Star Wars live-action television series was also being developed for the company's upcoming streaming service.
As viewers speculate what the Johnson Trilogy (as we're unofficially calling it) will be about, the timing of Lucasfilm's release is no coincidence. He's set to write and direct another trio of "Star Wars" theatrical films with his longtime collaborator Ram Bergman. This year, "The Last Jedi" is expected to propel Disney to the top of the USA box office for a second straight year.
Johnson's new trilogy will be separate from this series.
In a statement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says, "We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi". After the news that we will not be running out of Star Wars content-or fresh merchandise-to consume, Disney's stock popped back up, hitting above its closing price at about $104, at the time of publishing.
The most interesting thing about this new trio of films is that Lucasfilm has specifically stated that it will not deal with the Skywalker family. "He's a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career". "Episode VIII" is written and directed by Johnson, and is the second film in the new sequel trilogy in following "The Force Awakens".
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" begins where "The Force Awakens" left off, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) having tracked down Luke Skywalker.