Out doing press rounds for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” this week, filmmaker Rian Johnson has spoken about his middle chapter of the current “Star Wars” trilogy along with teasing his recently announced new spin-off trilogy which he will oversee.
Along with confirming his first cut of ‘Last Jedi’ ran over three hours, he tells Collider that the excised scenes will mostly end up on the film’s home video release – but there will NOT be a director’s or extended cut.
Also with the creation of a whole new story-arc in the “Star Wars” franchise, one deliberately not bound to existing events and people from the previous films, Johnson tells IGN that he’s revelling in the freedom:
“We were getting to the end of it [‘Last Jedi’] and Kathy Kennedy and Bob Iger and Alan Horn, Alan Berkman, all the folks at Disney, we were just sad that this was coming to an end. We were like, ‘How do we figure out some way to keep working together?’ That’s when I pitched the idea of a new trilogy with a new story. That seemed really exciting for me.
Right now there’s all the freedom in the world. That’s the whole thing that’s exciting to me is let’s go some new places, let’s meet some new folks, let’s see what else is out there. Let’s have one story told over three films in this galaxy with no limitations. It’s pretty exciting.”
We know for certain he will direct the first of the three new films, but could he helm all three? He tells Collider:
“Honestly I don’t know yet [if I’ll direct all three]. I know I’m gonna come up with the whole thing, the idea is to come up with one big story, but I know I’m gonna write and direct at least the first one. Then I’m gonna have to – even the first one at this point we’re still figuring it out, so I don’t know yet. But I know I want to come up with the whole thing and then we’ll see.”
Also today comes a new Chinese trailer for the film, and a new training featurette focusing on the actors preparing for their action sequences – most notably Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens everywhere on December 15th.