'Star Wars' Announces New Trilogy Directed by Rian Johnson and Live Action TV Series

The upcoming three movies will be separate from the Skywalker saga and the TV series is being developed for Disney's streaming service.

AceShowbiz - "Star Wars" universe in the galaxy far, far away is expanding. The projects include a new trilogy to be directed by Rian Johnson. The announcement was made after "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" which Johnson directed received positive reviews in its early buzz.

"We all loved working with Rian on 'The Last Jedi'," said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm today. "He's a creative force, and watching him craft 'The Last Jedi' from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy."

The director will produce the upcoming movies with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman. "We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on 'The Last Jedi'," Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. "Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can't wait to continue with this new series of films."

The movies are expected to come out after 2020 and will be separate from the Skywalker saga that has been the main focus of the franchise since its inception in 1977. The new trilogy will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.

A live action TV series that will explore the rich "Star Wars" universe is also in the works. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger confirmed during the Mouse House's recent quarterly earnings call. It's being developed for Disney's family streaming service that is scheduled to launch in 2019.

The users of Disney streaming service will be charged "substantially" cheaper than Netflix's price tag because the platform will start with "substantially less volume." Among the contents that the company is preparing for the streaming platform are a "Monsters Inc." series, "High School Musical" series and Marvel series.

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