The Director for Star Wars Episode VIII is...
Ron Seifried | On 20, Jun 2014Star Wars Episode VII is in the early stages of production, but now comes word of who may direct Episode VIII. According to The Hollywood Reporter Rian Johnson, director of the time-jumping sci-fi Looper, is in talks with Lucasfilm to direct Episode VIII and write the treatment for Episode IX. Looper producer Ram Bergman is already on board to produce Episode VIII. These possible developments means that J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production company will have little do in the Star Wars universe after Episode VII, leading to a long-forgotten vision George Lucas had for the entire space epic many years ago. According to some interviews Lucas gave in the late 70’s, he envisioned Star Wars saga as an epic told over a series of several films. Depending on the day and what mood he was in, his vision changed from three movies to as many as twelve. He also claimed that he wanted different directors and writers throughout the series, each bringing their own vision to the overall saga. Lucas even discussed the series becoming a competition between the artists to see who would make the better film, but reserved the right to direct the last film as his personal final word on the overall saga. This idea moved forward during development of The Empire Strikes Back with director Irvin Kershner and writer Leah Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan and with Richard Marquand directing Return of the Jedi. But by the time of the prequels, Lucas’s vision was the only one, which ultimately led to the collective disappointment in Episodes I-III. It has been reported that Empire and Jedi co-writer Lawrence Kasdan is the co-writer for Episode VII, but it has also been rumored that he is working on one of the three spinoff films and the entire sequel trilogy. What was once one man’s vision, the galaxy, far, far away is turning into a committee of filmmakers directing the path for Star Wars under the Disney umbrella. If true, it is surprising Abrams will not be the sole visionary to the sequel trilogy. Lucasfilm has already announced directors for two of the spinoff films: Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards and Chronicle’s Josh Trank. The selection of Johnson makes sense. Looper was a stylistic time travel movie with Bruce Willis and Josh Gordon Levitt that I believe is one of the better sci-fi movies of the past few years. The rumors may have validity, because Johnson tweeted this prophetic clip from The Right Stuff today: https://t.co/z0T140SzXv
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 20, 2014