Rejoice, Star Wars fans, because another film from the new trilogy is on its way!
According to Entertainment Weekly, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that director Rian Johnson has begun filming Star Wars: Episode VIII. Johnson is known for his inventive take on genre in films like neo-noir Brick and time-travel mind-bender Looper.
On The Walt Disney Co.'s quarterly earning call, Iger promised that the coming films in the trilogy will follow in the quality footsteps that The Force Awakens reestablished. He also ensured that Episode VIII will make it to theaters for December 2017, following a six-month pushback.
"There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products. Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun."
The massive success of The Force Awakens will not prevent Johnson from putting his own stamp on his Star Wars film, which could be a little more unconventional than audiences expect. Indeed, fans of Breaking Bad might remember Johnson as the director of the more memorable episodes, including "Fly" and "Ozymandius."
Iger also gave an update on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will tell the tale of how the Rebels stole the blueprints for the original Death Star.
"Filming of Rogue One is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far. This is the first of a set of planned stand-alone stories and we’re already in preproduction on our next one, for release in May of 2018."
Rogue One is set to hit theaters in December. Needless to say, Disney is steadily moving along on its expansive Star Wars, and that's great news for those of us who just can't wait any longer.
What do you want to see from 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)