Deadline Claim Rian Johnson Is Writing And Directing Star Wars Episode VIII

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Looper helmer Rian Johnson is said to be in talks and will begin working on Star Wars episode VIII.  Not just direct but write the script for Star Wars episode VIII.  Although not mentioned as yet on the official Star Wars website or any press releases sent out, Deadline are claiming the news is official.

They say:

I’m told that Lucasfilm is making a deal with Looper writer-director Rian Johnson to write and direct Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX. Essentially, that means that the intention is for Johnson to take the baton from JJ Abrams, who has gotten the space franchise off the ground and is right now helming Episode VII. I don’t know too much more at this point, but it is in keeping with Disney and Lucasfilm’s strategy of entrusting the venerable franchise to the best and brightest writers and directors, including the spinoff films that are being directed by Chronicle‘s Josh Trank and Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards.

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