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Rian Johnson writing and directing Star Wars: Ep. VIII

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Will also write Episode IX

Some big news coming out of the Star Wars camp today as it has been announced that Looper director Rian Johnson will be writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII and writing Episode IX. Most likely Abrams will return to direct Episode IX and this will give him the gap and time to do it. 

Unless you wanted Abrams to direct all the films this is nothing but good news. Johnson is an incredible director and an even better story teller. Having him pen the screenplays is possibly the best news this franchise has had since the 80s. I can't see a situation where he doesn't knock it out of the park. Directing is a good call too. Though this will be his first truly effects heavy film his work on Looper showed us he can handle sci-fi with the best of them. 

[via The Wrap]


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