It’s no mystery that a huge chunk of the Star Wars fanbase hated The Last Jedi, and it seemed believable that Lucasfilm would cancel Rian Johnson’s trilogy after the rumor came out. The good news — at least to Johnson’s fans — is that the Star Wars trilogy is still on, and it hasn’t been cancelled at all.
When asked by a fan on Twitter if he was still working on his independent Star Wars trilogy, Johnson replied with:
It seemed that Lucasfilm was incredibly pleased with what Johnson did with The Last Jedi, and it even prompted them to give him his own trilogy of films to helm. The idea was that he would outline the story and direct the first film, then some other directors would take over for the sequels.
Though the hate for The Last Jedi seems very vocal online, the hard facts are that majority of audience reception was good. Personally I loved the film; it subverted all expectations from the saga, and it presented a clean slate for J.J. Abrams for the upcoming Star Wars Episode IX.
Admittedly, The Last Jedi isn’t perfect, but you have to admit it had some of the most iconic scenes in the entire franchise from Rey and Kylo teaming up to Luke Skywalker disappearing into the binary sunset.
No release date has been made for Johnson’s trilogy of movies, but Star Wars Episode IX comes out Dec. 20, 2019.