Much of both the praise and criticism levelled at Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is in relation to the way the film went against expectations – from the way it portrayed Luke Skywalker, to Snoke’s early exit to the issue of Rey’s parents. Some loved that, some certainly did not.
Part of the reason for that is the belief Johnson basically ignored the ‘trilogy plans’ that filmmaker J.J. Abrams laid out in ‘The Force Awakens’ and so there’s speculation the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX” – which Abrams is helming – may retcon some of Johnson’s film.
If that does happen, Johnson revealed to MTV this week that he has no problems with those handling the franchise making changes to his groundwork:
“Like I said, man, I want to let go of all my expectations. I want to sit back. I want to be entertained. I want to be surprised. I want to be thrilled. I want him to do stuff I wasn’t expecting him to do and just go along for the ride. I’m also psyched about the things they are going to explore beyond what we’ve seen already. To me, that’s kind of the most exciting stuff is pushing the limits of seeing stuff we haven’t seen before in Star Wars.”
Johnson also confirmed he’s still working on his new “Star Wars” film trilogy, but there’s no timeline at this point as he’s waiting on Lucasfilm to figure out their future slate. Johnson’s next film, “Knives Out,” showed footage to rave reviews at CinemaCon this week and hits theaters this Fall. “Star Wars: Episode IX” is set for a December 20th release.