George Lucas once said he labeled the first Star Wars movie "episode IV" because he envisioned a set of three trilogies. He let us think he had the stories for them, even though he didn't at the time. But that original idea of nine movies may well be all there is in the story of the Skywalker family. However, it will be far from the end of Star Wars. Disney has announced that Rian Johnson, the director of The Last Jedi, will be responsible for creating an entirely new trilogy set in the Star Wars universe.
As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
That's a big show of confidence from Lucasfilm and Disney. There has been no timeline mentioned for the new trilogy, and we still have two more movies in the Skywalker saga to go. -via Uproxx