The Last Jedi, with its different tone and controversial storytelling, rapidly became the most divisive subject in all of Star Wars. It seems that his ill-advised vision for the film has come back to bite Rian Johnson; Disney may have now pulled the plug on Johnson’s planned new trilogy.
In over forty years of Star Wars, a franchise that includes Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks, mind you, there has never been bigger backlash to anything in Star Wars than there has been for The Last Jedi.
From the moment Luke Skywalker tossed his lightsaber over his shoulder, the film’s fate was sealed. Fans have even gone so far as to start a movement to remake the film. Now, the art director for the proposed Rian Johnson trilogy seems to have hinted at the project’s fate.
Is Rian Johnson Trilogy Dead?
Neil Lamont, as you may know, was the art director behind Rogue One’s stunning visuals. Lamont, according to the Daily Express, was not only involved in the Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff, but Johnson’s new trilogy as well. In speaking with CinemaBlend, Lamont confirmed that his future Star Wars projects are indeed shut down:
We were just starting our work on another Star Wars spin-off and yeah. We were actually just making our mark on Tatooine – which would have been interesting and some other new galaxies. So hopefully, if that comes back, we’ll get the chance to be able to do that further.“
While the reference to Tatooine points more towards the Kenobi stand-alone film, it’s the reference to “other galaxies” that ties back to Rian Johnson. The whole basis of his new trilogy was to explore new characters and new locations. In an interview last December, Johnson remarked:
…I said, the most interesting thing to me would be a new trilogy, one story told over three movies. Go new places, meet new folks, come up with a new story to tell in the Star Wars universe. The sky’s the limit. That sounds thrilling. And they really responded to that. So we’re off, yeah.“
If Lamont is in fact referring to both the Kenobi film and the new trilogy, it seems you’re off to nowhere, Rian. Fans are disappointed that the Kenobi film seems to be dead, but I don’t think many will shed a tear over losing Rian Johnson’s new trilogy. Johnson’s hopes for that appear to have gone up in flames like the Force tree on Ahch-To. If true, he’s got no one to blame but himself.