If it ain't broke, don't fix it. With Star Wars: The Last Jedi set to hit theaters next month, Disney announced that the company inked a deal with Rian Johnson, the movie's writer and director, which will keep him onboard for the franchise's new trilogy. Johnson will write and direct the three films with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger shared the news during their quarterly earnings call.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy heaped praise on Johnson for his work on the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, and expressed her confidence for what he can do for the upcoming trilogy. "We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi," Kennedy said, per Variety. "He's a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy."
The feeling was clearly mutual because Johnson and Bergman released a joint statement where they showed their appreciation for being able to contribute to such a prestigious franchise. "We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi," Johnson and Bergman said. "Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can't wait to continue with this new series of films."
Disney also announced plans to create a Star Wars TV series for their streaming service which should launch by the end of 2019. Iger claims the monthly cost will be "substantially below" Netflix's $10.99 price
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be out on December 15.