Thanks to a variety of novels, comic books and animated series, the Star Wars saga is full of incredible characters and events that could lend well to a live-action adaptation. Following the announcement that Rian Johnson would be crafting a trilogy of new Star Wars films immediately made fans theorize about what material these films would cover, yet the filmmaker recently confirmed how excited he is to delve into unknown territory.
"As we got to the end of Episode VIII, we had a great time working with [Lucasfilm president] Kathy [Kennedy] and with Disney and we kind of said, 'How can we keep this party going? How can we keep working together?'" Johnson revealed at a recent Q&A. "And I kind of threw out there, like the most interesting thing to me would be to tell a new story told over three movies where we go someplace else. And we go, kind of the potential of like a wide-open blue sky of, let's go to a different part of the galaxy. Maybe a different time. I don't know."
With The Last Jedi only now being in theaters and with Episode IX slated for release in 2019, these new films are merely a blip on the horizon. All Johnson seems to know for sure is to expect the unexpected.
"Let's meet some new characters and let's figure out what Star Wars means separated from some of the iconography that we've associated it with," Johnson shared. "Let's take it someplace else and see what that would be like. That just seemed like a really interesting question to ask."
The filmmaker's instincts seemingly tell him to explore new territory, yet he didn't completely rule out the possibility of incorporating familiar characters.
"I'm just starting to think about it, and get into, so who knows?" Johnson told Yahoo!. "I want to keep it just totally wide open in terms of possibilities. That's what's so exciting about it right now, just the notion of one story, three movies, the sky's the limit. We can really do anything. The possibilities are thrilling."
Johnson was even questioned about whether this new trilogy could bring back Jar Jar Binks, which he didn't rule out.
"I would be down with bringing old Jar Jar back — we'll see," he joked.
Johnson's most recent contribution to the world of Star Wars, The Last Jedi, is in theaters now.