Rian Johnson Reportedly Spoke To Mandalorian Producer About Directing An Episode

Rian Johnson has reportedly spoken to The Mandalorian producer Dave Filoni about directing an episode, though it isn’t happening just yet.

Rian Johnson has reportedly spoken to The Mandalorian producer Dave Filoni about directing an episode of the Disney+ series. Lucasfilm’s first live-action Star Wars show emerged at an interesting time for the franchise, as audiences found themselves torn by where things were headed on the big screen. Disney’s sequel trilogy started out strong, but Johnson’s 2017 installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, drew some heavily divided reactions from the fanbase. Some were thrilled by the daring swings Johnson took, while others criticized his apparent disregard for the franchise’s past.

Two years later, hope for the Star Wars fandom arrived with The Mandalorian. The streaming show takes place in the aftermath of the original films and tells the simple story of a lone bounty hunter learning to care for a powerful child. The Mandalorian has become a fan favorite series and has plenty of critical acclaim to boot, making it the most beloved piece of Star Wars content to emerge since the franchise fell into Disney’s hands. The Mandalorian season 3 is expected to begin filming in the coming months.

Since February, author Sariah Wilson has been revealing bits of a conversation she recently had with Johnson. Her latest reveal pertains to Johnson and The Mandalorian; she asked him if he would ever consider directing an episode of the series. According to Wilson, “He said he was dying to, but that for him it’s all about scheduling.” Johnson is currently in the midst of preparing for Knives Out 2, so any potential Mandalorian job would hinge on his schedule freeing up. Additionally, Wilson said Johnson “has spoken to Dave Filoni about it,” having visited the set during season 1.

Filoni has previously said Johnson had a big impact on his first experiences as a director, so it would almost be full circle to have Filoni then recruit the Last Jedi helmer for The Mandalorian. Of course, this does not mean Johnson is guaranteed to direct a future episode, but evidently conversations have at least taken place. If he were to board The Mandalorian, Johnson would join an impressive list of directors that already includes Filoni, Robert Rodriguez, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Taika Waititi.

Johnson will be sticking around in the Star Wars universe, as he still has a trilogy in the works. Before that, though, he’ll be working on his original crime property Knives Out, which recently saw its sequels shift to Netflix in a massive deal. Johnson remains a controversial figure within the Star Wars franchise, but it’s hard to deny his talent as a filmmaker. Many would be interested to see what he would do with a Mandalorian episode, and only time will tell if they ever will.

Source: Sariah Wilson/Twitter