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.
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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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