In a profile piece conducted with the LA Times in which he speaks about the journey he embarked on to realize his vision for The Last Jedi alongside producer Ram Bergman, director Rian Johnson touched briefly on the topic of his new trilogy of Star Wars films that will be coming in the future. These new films will be taking the GFFA in directions not seen before, and Johnson is excited about the prospects of working with a fresh clean slate inside this iconic franchise.
“It’s fun because it’s kind of thinking, ‘Okay, outside of the Skywalker story and outside of the recognizable iconography, what is this? What is “Star Wars?”‘ Or what do we need to retain from that, to pull forward for it to still be ‘Star Wars’ — and what can we leave behind?” Johnson explained.
“They’re all the big questions that need to be thought of. And even the ones that we don’t know the answers to are things we need to figure out if ‘Star Wars’ is going to be vital and alive moving forward and not just be a waxworks. We’re going to have to figure out how to tell vital new stories.”
The topic of Episode VIII deleted scenes/BTS footage was also approached in the article and if you are a fan of this type of material (face it, who isn’t?), Johnson and Bergman are looking into possibly releasing more of this Episode VIII content via the form of a miniseries.
Even more behind the scenes footage has yet to be seen, Bergman says, and the filmmakers hope to eventually release additional material — possibly in miniseries form.
Johnson has already stated his desire to release all of his personal BTS photos taken during the production of The Last Jedi in book format. Combine the deleted scenes/BTS footage we already got with the Blu-ray release of the film with this additional new content mentioned by Bergman and Johnson’s photo book, and we’ll be looking at the most comprehensive collection of BTS material available for any Star Wars film.