‘The Last Jedi’ Director Wants to Direct An Episode of ‘The Mandalorian‘ Season 2. Recently, The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson sat down with CinemaBlend to discuss his newest film, Knives Out, a modern day “who-done-it” that has been killer at the box office. Pun intended.
During the podcast, Johnson was asked if he would consider directing an episode of The Mandalorian for Lucasfilm and Disney+ to which the director replied, “Hell yeah! Man, if I had the time, I would get in there in a heartbeat. I had a set visit for Season 1 and it looked amazing. It looked like so much fun!”
Rian is referring to being busy with his current work on a new Star Wars trilogy for Lucasfilm, set to take place outside of the “Skywalker Saga”. Though Rian’s films have been very successful in theaters, Johnson has been the focus of extremely negative comments and reactions from fans online for “ruining” the new Star Wars trilogy. Rian and CinemaBlend dug into the “bad stuff” he has had to deal with and how he is using the feedback to grow and do better on future Star Wars projects.
“In terms of the bad stuff, I’ll tell you it’s interesting. That’s been one of the really healthy things for me about the past couple of years, is getting exposed to it,” Johnson began. “Before I made The Last Jedi, I had never had anyone hate me on the internet. If during the course of a year I got one negative tweet I would go into a panic. I’d be like ‘Oh my god, someone out there doesn’t like me. I need to fix this!’ The thing is though, I am really really thankful. Because what that meant is that my sense of self-worth was attached to the notion of everybody liking me online. And the fact that this process has made me, out of survival, disconnect from that.”
Rian continued, “And also it’s given me a more realistic view of the system that is social media. There’s a lot of great, genuine interaction that goes on,” Johnson continued. The bad stuff, the systematic trolling, the almost gamified abuse that some people devote their entire online presence to; honestly, once you’ve seen enough of it, you see the pattern of it. It just sort of gets boring after a while. It doesn’t even give me that little negative ping anymore. And I don’t think it’s even my skin growing tough. It’s just I’ve put in perspective. I realize this is kind of a byproduct of this social Twitter system. There’s going to be some degree of people where this is their hobby, basically. So overall I found it made me adjust to social media where I’m seeing it and using it in a healthier way.”
What do you think of Rian wanting to direct an episode of The Mandalorian? Do you feel he could redeem himself or should he stay in a galaxy far, far away from any more Star Wars projects? We would love to see your thoughts in the comments. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Star Wars!