After unnecessary backlash from online trolls for his directing of The Last Jedi, and rumors he was leaving his previously announced Star Wars film. He has confirmed that he’s still in talks to develop more Star Wars films.
While speaking with Deadline, Johnson shared his experience with Twitter trolls played into his new movie Knives Out (which received rave reviews from TIFF).
“Anyone who’s on Twitter these days, God bless you because it’s rough waters out there, but there’s also wonderful stuff about it, That’s why we’re all still on it I guess. That’s one of the things [Knives Out] engages with, the current state of online culture. Whether you made a Star Wars movie or you have a cooking show, whatever you’re doing on there, someone’s going to be screaming at you about it probably. Let’s put it on a screen in a way we can all maybe have a laugh about it.”
Johnson added that he is still in talks with Lucasfilm to make more Star Wars films.
“We’re still engaged with Lucasfilm and we’ll wait and see,” Johnson said. “No updates on it at this moment, but yeah.”
These comments come days after Game of Thrones writing/directing duo David Benioff and Dan Weiss had exited their Star Wars project for being nervous about what they call “toxic fandom.” Sadly, this was likely due to Johnson’s film.
It will be interesting to see if Johnson’s films will take over Benioff and Weiss’ project, as their trilogy was expected to hit theaters in 2022. For now we just have to wait and see.