Hold the phone – J.J. Abrams will not be directing Star Wars Episode VIII? Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Lucasfilm is in the process of making a major deal with Looper director Rian Johnson to take over from JJ Abrams to write and direct Star Wars Episode VIII and IX.
Johnson will take over the core film franchise, and he’ll get started quickly and this will be his preoccupation for quite awhile. Technically, he’ll write that second treatment but the intention on both sides is that he direct the two installments. Joining him as producer will be Ram Bergman.
Lucasfilm have yet to release a statement confirming.