Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson seems rather eager to make a Star Wars TV series at some point if the opportunity arrives.
The award-winning helmer spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, where he addressed whether there is any potential interest in working on another Star Wars project. According to Johnson, he’d love to do something, but his schedule’s a busy one these days. “I would do a Star Wars anything,” he enthusiastically stated. “And if I had an idea that I was excited about, that worked better as a show than a movie, I’d do it that way. At the moment, we’re in between making the next Benoit Blanc movie and thinking about Poker Face.”
Rian Johnson’s Possible Star Wars Return
Johnson’s entry in the Sequel Trilogy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, became one of the most successful installments of the Star Wars franchise, grossing more than $1.33 billion worldwide since its December 2017 release. The director says he’s been keeping in contact with Lucasfilm president Kathy Kennedy and remains open to another potential franchise project because of how much he loved working on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. “I keep getting together with Kathy [Kennedy] and having conversations,” he said. “Who knows? Making The Last Jedi was the best experience in my life, so I should be so lucky.”
Should Johnson get the chance to work on a Star Wars TV series, the show would join various recent programming connected to the franchise. Some of that programming includes live-action series such as The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor. The Mandalorian is about to enter Season 3, which is scheduled to air in February 2023. Obi-Wan Kenobi aired for six episodes spanning this past May and June. Meanwhile, Andor concludes Season 1 on Nov. 23 with no confirmation of when Season 2 will be coming.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi featured Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, John Boyega as Finn, Daisy Ridley as Rey and the late Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. The movie won several accolades including various Empire and Saturn Awards, with Johnson taking home Best Director at the former in 2018. It also received four nominations at the 90th Academy Awards and a Grammy nomination.
For now, Johnson is promoting the sequel to his 2019 mystery film, Knives Out, which he co-produced with Ram Bergman. The movie centered around detective Benoit Blanc, who investigated the death of a patriarch within a rich yet dysfunctional family. It generated $311.4 million at the worldwide box office, generated widespread critical acclaim and scored Johnson eight different awards between 2019 and 2020. The follow-up, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, features the former lead actor of the James Bond franchise Daniel Craig (Benoit Blanc), Madelyn Cline (Whiskey) and Kate Hudson (Birdie Jay). Ahead of the sequel’s unveiling, Johnson started touting a third Knives Out film.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery premieres in theaters on Nov. 23 and will start streaming on Netflix on Dec. 23. Fans of the Star Wars franchise can stream Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter