Rian Johnson is a divisive figure to many Star Wars fans, as they had a less than favourable reaction to a number of creative and story choices he made with The Last Jedi. He remains booked in at Lucasfilm to return to the galaxy far, far away at some point as soon as they can figure out what the heck it is that they are doing with Star Wars on the big screen.
While out doing the rounds for Glass Onion: A Knives Out mystery, he was asked by Insider about having a second go around at Star Wars and if he would be sad if he couldn’t return: He responded:
“It wouldn’t be the end of the world for anyone, I think, but I would be sad. I love the world. I love the people. I love Star Wars fans. I love the passion of how they engage in it. There’s nothing like telling a story in this world and then experiencing people truly connecting to it and letting you know that. It’s extraordinary. I’m hoping I get to do it again, but nothing is the end of the world until the end of the world actually happens, which, what day of the week is it?.”
As part of the rounds for that movie, he also had a career retrospective for GQ’s YouTube Channel where he specifically addressed fan criticism of one aspect of The Last Jedi. The humor. For me personally, it was the “Your mama!” joke that made me start to feel something was really, really wrong with this movie. Johnson refutes this:
“For me, everything in the movie is ‘Star Wars,’ and everything in the movie I can trace back to deeply, in a deep way, what ‘Star Wars’ is for me. Everyone has a different take…
Anyone who thinks that slightly goofy humor does not have a place in the Star Wars universe, I don’t know if they’ve seen ‘Return of The Jedi’. There’s literally a scene where Han Solo is like a cartoon… tied up to a pole and a torch goes by him and he [tries to blow it out repeatedly].
The slightly self-aware element of gleeful humor is something that is part and parcel to ‘Star Wars’. We get very serious as well. That kind of brazen balance of the two things is also something that is very ‘Star Wars.’”
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is now available on Netflix. As to whether we will ever see any more Star Wars from Rian Johnson…?