Rogue One Is the First Star Wars Stand-Alone Film, Rian Johnson To Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode VIII

While I remain a bit hesitant to see a classic universe transmogrified into a Marvel-like franchise, look how much good came out of the various guises of Star Trek. Not all of it was good — oh no — but so much of it was. And I’ve always been more of a Star Wars fan, so I say let’s go far, far away. Besides, I believe we’ve already seen the very worst that the Star Wars universe has to offer.

Oh, also this little tidbit, courtesy of

The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.

Yeah, that John Knoll.