Wow! A tad shocking here, as the general thought was that J.J. Abrams was on board to direct the next three “saga” Star Wars movies. Apparently not, for Deadline is reporting that Rian Johnson is definitely writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, with him also writing Star Wars: Episode IV. There are rumours, though, that Johnson has also signed on to direct Episode IV.
Whilst this is surprising news, Johnson did direct the awesome Brick, which I’m a huge fan of. As a result, he gets plenty of love from me. Other than that, he’s likely best known for directing Looper and The Brothers Bloom.
Expect more on all of this as it develops.