J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII. This is, essentially, the only piece of Star Wars: Episode VII news that is absolutely completely officially confirmed. Everything else — who certain actors are playing, what the movie is titled, why certain screenwriters were hired or fired, precisely what part of Harrison Ford’s body was injured on the set — is open for debate. But the fact that Abrams is directing Episode VII naturally led most people to assume that the reboot kingpin would be sticking around for Episodes VIII and IX, since we live in a world where Marc Webb and Sam Raimi both make three Amazing Spider-Men and Michael Bay makes four Transformerses, and hell even Richard Linklater seems destined to make many more movies about Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy wandering around Europe.
But now comes word that Abrams won’t be making Episode VIII. Instead, filmmaker Rian Johnson will be promoted into blockbusterdom: EW’s Anthony Breznican writes that Johnson will write and direct the Star Wars octoquel, while also working on a treatment for the conclusion of the trilogy. This is big news, and it leads to a basic question: Is there anything bad about this? Below, some snap judgment thoughts: READ FULL STORY