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The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson Spoke of Star Wars Franchise while Promoting 'Knives Out'

Published Sun Nov 03 2019 By Travis
The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson Spoke of Star Wars Franchise while Promoting 'Knives Out'

Rian Johnson speaks about his 'Star Wars' trilogy and how online trolls influenced his new project 'Knives Out.'

'Star Wars' is not in a particularly healthy position fans are losing interest; movies are not connecting with the fans, and there are more than a few controversies surrounding the franchise. In this precarious position where one of the greatest franchises in the world is stumbling, on the verge of falling, there are but a few signs of hope for the franchise.

When 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' was released all over the world, there was a vast chasm of the gap between what fans thought of the movie and what the critics deemed it to be. It was getting one of the best ratings for a 'Star Wars' franchise movie, but when fans made their way out of the theatre, there was an outcry of anger and hate emanating from a section of the fan base.

Rian Johnson directed the controversial Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Rian Johnson directed the controversial 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.'

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The change in some characters was something no one was expecting, and no one particularly wanted, but the director at least tried to do something unique with the movie and tried to tell a new story without rehashing the same old plot points. Though the fans were at the door with pitchforks and ready to crucify the director, Disney saw a writer and director willing to take risks and take the franchise in a new direction.

Considering how most of the directors are leaving 'Star Wars' projects due to creative clashes with Kathleen Kennedy, the hiring of Rian Johnson even after the type of reaction 'The Last Jedi' received was a welcome change. While creative teams like D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are leaving the 'Star Wars' franchise, Rian is still working on getting his trilogy off the ground.

Rian Johnson is still in talks to direct a new trilogy of movies in the Star Wars franchise.
Rian Johnson is still in talks to direct a new trilogy of movies in the Star Wars franchise.

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The director was at Deadline’s Contenders event where he was promoting his upcoming crime/mystery movie 'Knives Out'; the director fielded a question relating to Star Wars. When he was asked the question about his involvement in future 'Star Wars' movies, the director said, “We’re still engaged with Lucasfilm, and we’ll wait and see. No updates on it at this moment, but yeah.”

It is not a firm yes on the director’s part when it comes to the future of the franchise, but he is also not backing down from the challenge. He related his upcoming movie Knives Out with the hate and trolling her received online after the release of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' Rian said he not only based his upcoming flick on the book by Agatha Christie, but he was also used his experience from online hate to craft 'Knives Out.'

Watch: The trailer for Rian Johnson's upcoming movie 'Knives Out'

“Anyone who’s on Twitter these days, God bless you because it’s rough waters out there, but there’s also wonderful stuff about it,” the director explained the connection of online culture with his movie. “That’s why we’re all still on it, I guess. That’s one of the things [Knives Out] engages with, the current state of online culture. Whether you made aStar Wars movie or you have a cooking show, whatever you’re doing on there, someone’s going to be screaming at you about it probably. Let’s put it on a screen in a way we can all maybe have a laugh about it.”

The director may or may not return to helm his supposed trilogy of movies for Disney, but he is excited about the challenge it provides. Since his characters will not be based on the Skywalker Saga, he can truly tell the story he wants and not get bogged down by years of expectations.

Watch: The final trailer for the final movie in the Skywalker Saga

Star Wars franchise is currently gearing for the release of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,' which is scheduled for 20 December 2019, and Knives Out will make its way to the theatre right in the thick of award season on 27 November 2019.

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