The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at director / producer duo Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman, their working relationship and how they plan to tackle their forthcoming trilogy.
Jedi brought the pair a unique challenge with the death of Carrie Fisher in December 2016. Early in the new year, they reviewed footage with Lucasfilm and decided against changing her “beautiful, complete performance that audiences deserve to see,” says Johnson. He was loath to “manufacture something, I don’t even know what it would have been,” to ease the transition to J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX.
“J.J. is going to figure out a way to bring it home that is satisfying.” Now conjuring a new Star Wars trilogy, the duo isn’t yet unconcerned about its place in the franchise timeline. “I’m thinking of, what’s the story going to be, who is it going to follow?” Johnson says. “I’m excited by the potential.”
And Johnson is ready and raring to get stuck in to his next journey to the GFFA.
Johnson: We’re going to figure out the timing of the next one. We haven’t figured it out yet. I’ll say, I don’t feel like, “Oh my God, I’m exhausted, I need to sit on a beach for a month.” I feel creatively energized right now. I feel like I want to jump right into work. This whole process has left me feeling ready to jump in and do it again right away. I don’t know why. I don’t know if that’s a good sign.