Rian Johnson directing 'Episode VIII' is a sign of the thinking behind the 'Star Wars' series

June 21, 2014 5:05 AM

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Rian Johnson directing 'Episode VIII' is a sign of the thinking behind the 'Star Wars' series

The announcement of Rian Johnson as the writer/director of "Star Wars Episode VIII" is exciting for a number of reasons, not least of which is because it indicates something about the way Lucasfilm views the sequel trilogy.

If I were to guess, I would say Marvel isn't going to hire many more writer/directors in the future, even if James Gunn and Joss Whedon both crush it with "Guardians Of The Galaxy" and "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." The fall-out from the "Ant-Man" situation has been fairly brutal, and while I'm curious ...

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