Rian Johnson, the director of Knives Out and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has said that his previously announced Star Wars trilogy with Disney is still in the pipeline. Johnson was given the reigns to develop a new trilogy set in the Star Wars universe following The Last Jedi‘s release, but the director shifted his attention to building the Knives Out franchise instead.
In an interview with Empire, Johnson talked about how he’d be disappointed if his planned Star Wars trilogy was scrapped. However, he also confirmed that it’s just a matter of scheduling and when it can happen at this point. At the moment, Johnson is currently working on the sequel to the critically acclaimed murder mystery film Knives Out, titled Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, with a third entry already announced.
“I’ve stayed close to [Lucasfilm’s] Kathleen [Kennedy] and we get together often and talk about it,” said Johnson when discussing his Star Wars projects. “It’s just at this point a matter of schedule and when it can happen. It would break my heart if I were finished, if I couldn’t get back in that sandbox at some point.”
Johnson does state that it’s possible Disney might scrap his Star Wars trilogy at some point, especially after the divisive reception of the sequel trilogy and The Rise of Skywalker which didn’t resonate with audiences as well as the studio hoped, though much of that fell on director J.J. Abrams’ shoulders.
Despite the mainline films seemingly up in the air at Disney, the house of mouse is pushing ahead with a plethora of new Star Wars shows including the beloved The Mandalorian, Andor and much more. We’ll know more about the fate of Johnson’s Star Wars saga in the coming months.