Rian Johnson hasn’t given up on his Star Wars movie. Discussed ever since Johnson’s The Last Jedi in 2017, the project went from being a trilogy outside of The Skywalker Saga to, now, this thing that may or may not ever happen. But in a new conversation with Variety, Johnson expressed his desire to return to a galaxy far far away…
“I have talked to [Kathleen Kennedy] about it and we’re still talking about it,” Johnson said. “I had such an amazing experience making ‘The Last Jedi.’ It’s entirely a matter of scheduling. For me, putting this [‘Glass Onion’] out and making the next one of these…the answer is I don’t know.”
Johnson replied “God I hope so.” when asked if we would actually see more Star Wars from him.
I think if Johnson wants to do it, it will happen. Lucasfilm has stayed in conversation with Johnson long enough that they’re clearly interested. Despite a lot of negativity out there about it, The Last Jedi earned $1.3B worldwide, more than the $1B of JJ Abrams’ finale, The Rise of Skywalker. Those numbers can’t be denied, and Johnson’s popularity due to Knives Out and its sequel, Glass Onion, has skyrocketed.
That said, Lucasfilm doesn’t seem to know what it’s doing right now. We recently learned about a new Star Wars film from Damon Lindelof and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy that could arrive in 2025. Plus there are projects from Kevin Feige and Taika Waititi out there that could happen.