After Abrams, This Guy Will Be Your Star Wars Episode 8 Director

Todd-Spence by Todd-Spence on Jun. 20, 2014

And you thought getting Abrams was good.  Meet Rian Johnson.

He may not have the blockbuster clout that Abrams, Spielberg, or Bay may have, but that's a good thing.  He's one of the smartest directors the over-done Star Wars franchise could possibly get, so this is a brilliant move on their part.

Johnson whose first film was a Sundance hit titled Brick, a high school detective modern noir that broke him through to the indie-loving public.  His second film The Brothers Bloom, albeit a Wes Anderson-esque comedy, showed that he had chops as a comedy director.  I personally still wasn't convinced until I saw his latest film Looper which if you haven't seen, do yourself a favor and rent it tonight.  If anything says this guy can pull off a smart sci-fi movie, it's that movie.  If you're still not convinced, the guy also directed episode of Breaking Bad.  I hear that show is really good.

So overall, I'm pretty excited.  Of course, the three films that Johnson has directed have been more independently funded so it'll be interesting to see him take on a huge studio movie and not be completely void of any talent he can lend the franchise.

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