‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ Director and Release Date Revealed; First Spinoff Title Revealed

Posted in Screening Room by - March 12, 2015

During the Disney shareholders’ call today, the director for Star Wars Episode VII along with the release date for the film were announced. Rian Johnson, director of Looper and the phenomenal Brick, has been confirmed as director after being previously rumored. It’s an exciting prospect that all of the films won’t be directed by just J.J. Abrams as it will allow for a multiple directors to cut their teeth on the series. A release date for the film was also announced for May 26, 2017 for the film. 

Bob] Iger confirmed that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017 — forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Johnson is widely considered one of cinema’s most gifted young filmmakers, having directed the modern sci-fi classic, Looper, as well as Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He was also behind the camera for three episodes of the critically-acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad, including “Ozymandias,” which series creator Vince Gilligan named as the best installment of the show. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, producer of Looper, Don Jon, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, are on board to produce.

— Disney

As well, the first spin-off’s title has been revealed as Star Wars: Rogue One, which will presumably have a focus on the X-Wing pilots in the film. It’s release date was also announced as December 26, 2016

Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.

— Disney

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