Rian Johnson


Social media sites are the bridges between us and the rest of the world on the internet. And like any good bridge… they each have their share of trolls. But fandoms, parts of the nerd community that should bring people together to use our nerdy powers for good, are also bringing toxic nostalgia zealots together to use their powers for evil. No other fandom encapsulates that as well as Star Wars. The vitriol around the new movies is spawning some of the worst campaigns in the history of nerddom, driving cast and crew away from social media, disrupting the hype for other movies, and causing drama and turmoil throughout the fandom. These factions dividing us are unclear to some. But is there a correct, constructive way to discuss and air our grievances with our entertainment? Should we? How are lives being affected? Who is being caught in the crossfire? How does it affect other fandoms? And how do we move forward?



Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi has proven to be the most divisive Star Wars film ever. While it earned generally favorable reviews from critics (91% on Rotten Tomatoes), the general audience was a little more even split (47% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes). Those most vocal about the film have been hard-core Star Wars fans who were not fans of many of the plot details that happened in the film. Depending on who you ask, The Last Jedi was either a bold new direction for the Star Wars franchise, or something that finally destroyed fans’ childhoods. Many who were displeased with the film did not like the direction Luke Skywalker went, even Luke himself, Mark Hamil wasn’t too pleased with the direction his beloved character went.


So many questions. That’s what we were left with after last Friday’s debut of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer. Of course, there have been a lot of questions about the next direction of the Star Wars saga since the end credits for The Force Awakens, and a lot of promises about answers in The Last Jedi. The film’s writer/director Rian Johnson was cagey in the panel at Star Wars Celebration, but how about an exclusive chat with corporate colleagues over at Good Morning America, what new details might they be able to pry out of Johnson? Well, there are a few. (more…)


Aside from a few comments from Adam Driver and the news that the late Carrie Fisher shot her scenes in time to be included, there hasn’t been a lot of infomation floating around about what fans can expect from Star Wars: Episode VIII. For a franchise with such a huge following, those in the know have done an impressive job of keeping the movie’s secrets under wraps. Now director Rian Johnson has offered USA Today some choice comments, which have given fans plenty to mull over while they’re waiting for the December release. (more…)


After Disney bought Lucasfilm, Star Wars has come back full force (excuse the pun, it was unintentional). There’s been a plethora of comic books, video games, merchandise, theme park additions, novels, a new tv show, and most importantly, movies. Last year we got The Force Awakens—the movie we had been arguably waiting for since Return of the Jedi in 1983. This year we’re getting Rogue One, which we’ve more or less been waiting for since A New Hope in 1977. Now, the follow-up to Force Awakens (which is currently untitled) has wrapped up on production.  (more…)


Filming for Rian Johnson‘s still untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently underway on set in Dubrovnik, Croatia. TMZ recently snagged some on set pictures featuring some new aliens and vehicles which might get you wondering where and what is going on for Rey and the rest of the Rebel Alliance gang. Spoiler warning if you don’t want to know what these aliens look like, don’t click-through. The rest of you, enjoy! (more…)


After the supernova-sized success of Star Wars: Episode 7, it’s only natural that the hype for its sequel is off the charts. Episode 7 brought audiences back for a warmly nostalgia visit to a galaxy far, far away, and fans are just dying to find out what happens next. Unfortunately, Episode 8 was recently delayed from May 2017 to December 2017. In addition to Rian Johnson’s re-writes, a recent lighting technician strike has caused fans to fear the possibility of yet another delay. Delaying the film to 2018 would undoubtedly cause a chorus of  fans tilting their heads to the sky and screaming “NOOOOO!” in unison. Thankfully, we may not have to wait so long after all.



In the aftermath of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many people have voiced their appreciation to director J.J. Abrams for his work on the film despite the commonly held criticism that it’s all just a remix of that first Star Wars in 1977. Considering all that, what is really making film fans excited is the man who will be behind the script and the lens for Episode VIII, renowned filmmaker Rian Johnson. Johnson’s beloved for his work on the films Brick, Brothers Bloom and Looper, not to mention several epsiodes of Breaking Bad, but his work on the Episode VIII is reportedly so good that Abrams is jealous that Johnson’s going to get to make it. (more…)


Never content to merely exist in the moment so far as Star Wars is concerned, even though we’re still months away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re now talking seriously about what comes next in Episode VIII. We know that Rian Johnson is writing and directing the next film in the sequel trilogy, and presumably it will feature much of the cast of The Force Awakens, but isn’t two-and-a-half years out a little much to guess what else is going on with the film? Apparently not. We’ve gotten breaking news today that a renowned and award winning actor is being considered for the bad guy in Episode VIII, and his name is Benicio del Toro. (more…)


A little over 10 years ago, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released with the promise that it would be the last Star Wars movie we ever see. My, what a difference a decade makes. With as many as six movies currently in the pipe, the Galactic Empire Disney is cooking with gas to take full advantage of the Star Wars brand, the backbone of which is the long-awaited sequel trilogy. Episode VII, The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams comes out in December. The as-yet untitled Episode VIII comes out two year hence and will be directed by Rian Johnson. And now, rumor has it, the third and final film, Episode IX, will be directed by Colin Trevorrow. (more…)