No Abrams for ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’?
It seems that not a week passes, these days, without a new Star Wars related announcement and/or rumor emanating from the general direction of Disney‘s vicinity (Hollywood, we guess), and from there quickly spreading across the Web.

Today’s news, however, is a bit of a surprise to those who have been following the ongoing developments surrounding all Disney has planned for the obsessively beloved property’s theatrical future.

While director director J.J. Abrams (PeekYou profile here) is at work shooting Star Wars Episode VII, it seems it’s already been decided that he won’t be directing Episode VIII. According to Deadline, Looper director, Rian Johnson (PeekYou profile here), is currently “in talks” to helm the second flick in this newest Star Wars trilogy.

This news comes after recent announcements that hot, young filmmakers Josh Trank (PeekYou profile here), who directed 2011’s Chronicle, and Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards (PeekYou profile here) have both signed-on to head-up stand-alone, spin-off films; to take place in the greater Star Wars universe, but outside of the main “Luke/Leia/Vader/Anakin, etc.” continuity.

You can keep up with previous Star Wars related leaks, rumors, and announcements, via our numerous blog entries on the subject here.

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