The Walt Disney Co. heralded Thursday that Rian Johnson will craft a new trilogy for the “Nova Wars” universe, greatly expanding the director’s command over the ever-expanding latitude saga created by George Lucas.
The announcement, made by Disney chief Bob Iger on a designate with investment analysts, constituted the most ambitious new foray into the “Inimitable Wars” galaxy, moving well beyond the original nine-film framework thought by Lucas. Disney also announced a live-action “Star Wars” series that command debut on its streaming service which is set to launch in 2019.
The new films will be unhook from the Skywalker saga. “Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Distinguished Wars lore has never before explored,” Disney said in a communication.
That Johnson will preside over a new “Star Wars” trilogy utterly confirms his status as the franchise’s new chief guardian. It’s a considerable amount of keeping to be placed in the 43-year-old director of 2012′s “Looper,” even before audiences see his beginning “Star Wars” installment. J.J. Abrams, who kick-started the dormant franchise with “The Dynamism Awakens,” is set to return for the untitled Episode IX — the third film in the current trilogy.