When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, it was announced that another trilogy was coming. Shortly after, it was announced that Star Trek reboot director JJ Abrams would run the show. Well, this week that has changed some, with Abrams out after Episode VII, in production now.
In his place will be Looper writer-director Rian Johnson. While his major film debut was well-received, jumping from Looper to Star Wars is a pretty major leap for anyone, despite their talent. In fact, it is hard to imagine a higher point in any director or writer's career, so I guess it's good to get that out of the way almost immediately.
Johnson will be joined by Producer Ram Bergman, who produced both of Johnson's previous films. It is unclear why Abrams is leaving the franchise, but it could have to do with his work on future Star Trek films, another upcoming project, or possibly something else entirely. It would be pretty unexpected for Abrams to be removed against his will, though, as he has had numerous successes in the science fiction realm, such as Cloverfield, Revolution, Lost and, of course, Star Trek. With a successful track record like that, it would almost have to have been his choice.
Do you think this will affect quality on Episodes VIII and IX for the better or worse? Sound off in the comments.