Cast your mind back to the heady, more innocent days of 2016. Star Wars seemed to be in fine fettle. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens had become the highest grossing film of all time in the USA, and was second globally. Sure, fans said, it may have seemed like a loose remake of an earlier tale, but at least it introduced new characters and left interesting threads dangling to explore next time. It seemed a solid foundation.

Rogue One provided a blistering start for the anthology series, box-office was strong and everything seemed fine.

The interesting choice of Brick and Looper writer director Rian Johnson to helm the next instalment was intriguing and excitement was running high.

Then, just like that, the whole world of Star Wars turned to sh*t. The Last Jedi was a storytelling disaster that seemingly ripped up the mythology and took a dump on beloved characters while leaving the the whole story at a plot dead-end.

The fanbase reacted angrily and rejected the movie, leading to The Last Jedi leaving over $750m in potential box-office on the table despite a staggering $319 million budget. The next anthology movie Solo was ignored and flopped. The Rise Of Skywalker was left with an impossible task, too much to do story-wise and by this stage the cast and crew visibly just wanted the whole thing to be over.

The new theme park lands were nothing like the expected draw at the Disney parks as their sequel trilogy theming choices proved a strategic blunder, forgetting who holds the purse strings of the kind of visitors they want to attract. It was a total disaster all around.

Star Wars barely dragged itself across the trilogy finish line on it’s hands and needs and collapsed.

Star Wars was effectively cancelled. Spin off movies were parked, new trilogies were abruptly halted as Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss departed for Netflix. Another trilogy also seemed to be quietly shelved, that of the architect of this mess, The Last Jedi writer / director himself, Rian Johnson.

Light at the end of the tunnel appeared in the form of The Mandalorian. This showed what happens when you let talented people who love Star Wars and care about the mythology have control.

News that Marvel supremo Kevin Feige, a man who clearly knows a thing or two about building a movie universe, was to play in the Star Wars pool added to the good news. As did the announcement that The Mandalorian and Marvel alum Taika Waititi is working on a project.

But not so fast, fans. Today brings the news we were all dreading. The Rian Johnson trilogy is not dead. Gee, it’s almost as if there is just something about Lucasfilm leadership that means they will never, ever admit they were wrong?

The 2020 Disney Investor Day didn’t mention it. We thought we were safe. However in an interview in USA Today Johnson has confirmed that his trilogy is still moving forward at Lucasfilm.

No other details are forthcoming right now, which is just as well, as we can only take so much bad news at a time. The Knives Out sequel is next on Johnson’s dance card. Maybe there is hope, maybe they just haven’t told Johnson his Star Wars trilogy is cancelled yet?