Is Lucasfilm Rushing Rian Johnson’s New “Star Wars” Trilogy?

Matthew Loffhagen
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If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the weekend, you might have heard that the first instalment in Rian Johnson’s new “Star Wars” trilogy could be released as early as 2020.

If news reports are to be believed, a member of Johnson’s team has stated that the movie will debut just one year after the release of “Episode IX”.

This timeline makes sense considering the previous schedule that Lucasfilm has been working to. That said, considering that “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has bombed at the box office, surely it’d make sense for Lucasfilm to slow things down a bit to avoid “Star Wars” fatigue.

Solo Bad Feeling About This
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Based on headlines alone, one could assume that Lucasfilm is rushing to get another “Star Wars” trilogy out the door. There have been plenty of half-baked think pieces over the past couple of weeks (I’ve written a few myself) speculating that Disney may be trying to push the studio too far.

All of this may or may not be the case, but it’s important to note that, in this instance, the news is not necessarily straightforward. As evocative and exciting as this story may sound, it’s a case of a quote being taken out of context to create a fictitious media storm.

A Certain Point of View

The quote that’s caused this uproar comes from Ram Bergman, who’s worked with Johnson on several of his previous movies.

When asked by journalists about when we’d be seeing Johnson’s newest “Star Wars” movie, Bergman said:

“I can’t tell you because we don’t know yet. Maybe in two years; it’s just in the early stages.”

Well, that’s hardly definitive.

From this very noncommittal claim of the movie coming “maybe in two years”, “Star Wars” fans have been eager to extrapolate an approximate release date for the film, pegging it at Christmas 2020.

From this, we’ve then got more speculation and commentary, as fans jump the gun. Everyone is eager to bash on the modern incarnation of Lucasfilm, and this overblown news story is an excellent opportunity to get really angry over nothing.

Rian Johnson Directing The Last Jedi
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While I too question the logic of some of the moves made by Disney and Lucasfilm with recent “Star Wars” films, I do worry that fans are going too far.

We need to be careful not to jump the gun, criticizing “Star Wars” movies for the sake of it. This kind of behavior, while seemingly benign, has led to genuine cyber bullying and harassment that has a real human cost. Just ask the wonderful Kelly Marie Tran.

As we continue to debate “Star Wars”, it’s important to check sources for weird rumors and news reports. We can’t allow ourselves to perpetuate false production details in our eagerness for new information.

Sometimes, an offhand comment will be reported as fact.

In circumstances like this, it’s important that “Star Wars” fans don’t get overly worked up over an empty story.