The trades are differing in their opinions on quite what Rian Johnson will be doing for the new Star Wars trilogy but The Wrap‘s version is apparently the accurate one. He’ll write and direct Episode VIII and write the treatment for Episode IX.
What relationship JJ Abrams and Bad Robot will maintain with the series remains to be seen, and we certainly don’t know if Johnson will be working to anything like the old Lucas plan, the one that predates the Lucasfilm sale to Disney.
By writing the treatment of Episode IX, Johnson will get to decide how this whole shooting match pays off.
If you haven’t seen Johnson’s films Looper, The Brothers Bloom and particularly Brick, consider this yet another good reason to catch up.
Johnson just tweeted this video.