Deadline reports that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, following J.J. Abrams, who is directing the upcoming Episode VII. The Wrap is reporting that Johnson will only direct Episode VIII, though he will write a treatment for Episode IX. So he’s doing at least one! Johnson is best known for directing 2005’s Brick and 2012’s Looper. He also has directed two of Breaking Bad’s best episodes, “Fly” and “Ozymandias.” He’ll begin working on the franchise right away. May the force be with him, because people are invested.
Director Rian Johnson accepts the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series award for “Breaking Bad” episode “Fifty-One” onstage during the 65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on February 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images