After briefly glancing at a report on The AV Club, The Outhouse is shocked to learn that Bleeding Cool rumormonger Rich Johnston is apparently slated to write and/or direct Star Wars Episode 8 and Episode 9. The news comes from various trusted Hollywood gossip sites such as Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Wrap, though there is some disagreement as to what exactly Johnston's role will be - director, screenwriter, key grip, etc. Whatever the case, Johnston is definitely involved, and The AV Club speculates that Disney leaked the news in order to distract from the fact that Harrison Ford was recently killed on the set by a malfunctioning Millennium Falcon while filming Star Wars Episode 7. Of course, it may simply be a preventative measure in case JJ Abrams has designs on murdering any other classic cast members.
"Oi can't believe oi got scooped on me own rumor, Oi did!" said Johnston, whose previous writing credits include a story in the Dark Horse Presents Anthology and some parody comics with god-awful titles like Scienthorlogy and Iron Muslim. "Oi was pretty sure it was gonna be Rian Johnson, Oi was, and Oi almost ne'er get these things wrong. Oi swear Oi got a case o' the collywobbles!"
Oh, wait a minute. *Checks AV Club article.* Oh, you're right, actually. It is Rian Johnson.
"Bollocks! I bring a lot to the table, Oi do!"
We're sure you do.
"Any 'ope of changin' their minds? Oi work me arse off for this industry, and all Oi get for it is sweet Fanny Adams, oi do! It's a roight pisser, it is!"
Sorry Uncle Rich, our bad. It's back to the gossip mill for you. Now scamper off, would you? We've got to see a man about a dog.
Not that he's gone, one to business. Rian Johnson previously directed Looper, so you know what that means.
It's Joseph Gordon-Levitt Star Wars casting rumor time! Game on, Disney!