New "Star Wars" trilogy, TV series in works

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Since acquiring Lucasfilm in 2012, Disney has upped the focus on the money-generating Star Wars franchise. and it looks like that's not stopping anytime soon.

Whether an indication of how they felt about "The Last Jedi" or not, Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed that director Rian Johnson will create another all-new "Star Wars" trilogy.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was full of praise for Johnson, saying, "Rian will do unbelievable things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy". In a joint statement, the director and producer say, "We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi".




"In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored". It turns out Lucasfilm has even bigger plans for Mr. Johnson, though. Ram Bergman, a longtime collaborator, will be producing.

That's high praise indeed when you consider Kennedy has butted heads with other directors who have contributed to Star Wars in recent years.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017. In addition to the new film trilogy, Disney's CEO Bob Iger said during the company's quarterly earnings call on Thursday that a "Star Wars" live-action TV series was also being developed for the company's upcoming streaming service. And it looks like Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy has been very happy with Johnson's vision of the Star Wars universe that Lucasfilm has made a decision to put him in charge of a whole new Star Wars trilogy. The streaming service (or services) is now expected to launch sometime in 2019, but there is no word yet on when the TV series is expected to debut, let alone plot details.

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