The Star Wars movies have been a bit of a behind-the-scenes mess as of late after the announcement that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing Star Wars: Episode IX. It wasn't the first time this had happened in the Star Wars franchise, as earlier in the year, Ron Howard stepped in to finish the currently untitled Han Solo spinoff movie after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were let go due to the always popular "creative differences."
After all of this went down, fans have been speculating who shall take up the reins of the final film of the sequel trilogy. Many directors' names have been brought into consideration, but one name that many fans are hoping for is the director of the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, #RianJohnson.
Unfortunately, it seems that Johnson does not share that same interest as the fans do. According to The Hollywood Reporter, during a press interview, Johnson was asked if he had any interest in doing Episode IX. He responded with an answer that should quell any fan fervor for the moment:
"It was never in the plan for me to direct Episode IX, so I don’t know what’s going to happen with it...For me, I was entirely focused on Episode VIII and having this experience. Now I’m just thinking about putting the movie out there and seeing how audiences respond to it. So no, I’m not really thinking about that right now."
What is ironic about this is the fact that back in July on Twitter, Johnson remained very open to the possibility of returning for another #StarWars movie.
While he may have shut down a current possibility for another Star Wars movie, he did wish the best of luck to whoever did end up directing it.
"Whoever does it, I’m going to be really excited to be an audience member again, and to sit down and see what the next filmmaker has to show us and where this story ends up going."
While Johnson was a top pick for the directing spot, fans have also voiced their thoughts on The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams returning to finish out the franchise.
There has also been a massive call for Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins to direct it, however that is much less likely to happen now that she has officially signed on for Wonder Woman 2. There was also speculation when the Han Solo spinoff debacle went down that part of the deal between Ron Howard and Lucasfilm was that he'd fix the spinoff's mess with the promise of getting to direct #EpisodeIX later. Other names like Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, and Taika Waitit have been kicked around—which would make sense, as all three of them are already currently at work on movies under the Disney family umbrella, and many fans would be thrilled to see someone other than another white guy direct one of the Star Wars movies.
But all that can be done now is wait and hope that whoever does pick up the mantle will do a good job and give the fans a satisfying ending to this Star Wars trilogy. Luckily, Episode IX isn't slated to come out for another two years, but that doesn't mean that the fans aren't hungrier than a Rancor to see who fills that spot.
Star Wars: Episode IX is currently slated to be released May 24, 2019.
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