Disney has just announced that they have entrusted the current director of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, with a brand new trilogy of films in the franchise, this time taking place in a separate corner of the universe from the current films.
Currently all of the Star Wars films are chronologically linked to the storyline of the very first film released in 1979, either leading up to or proceeding on from those events as prequels and sequels and this includes the current films in production but now Disney will take the series in a different direction for the very first time.
Although little is known about this upcoming trilogy, a few details were announced about how it would be taken away from the current crop of characters and storylines on StarWars.com:
"As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud, 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."
The current trilogy hasn't even been finished yet with the second of Disney's three films coming out in December whilst the third is still in the works. That being said, a break from the current storyline and characters could be exactly what the franchise needs to liven it up.
What are your thoughts on this new direction, do you like it or would you prefer to see more adventures with the well known and loved characters? Should they leave Star Wars alone and just call these new films something else? Let us know in the comments below.