Rian Johnson to Write and Direct 'Star Wars' Episodes 8 and 9

Huge, huge, huge news. Rian Johnson has long been one of my favorite directors. BrickThe Brothers Bloom, and Looper are all amazing films. Looper, specifically, was one of my favorite films of 2012. He's also responsible for one of my favorite Breaking Bad episodes, "Ozymandias." I couldn't be more pleased with this.

I was optimistic when J.J. Abrams was chosen to helm episode 7, as I really liked the Star Trek reboots. But this... This news has me really excited that Star Wars is coming back.

(Hat tip to John Gruber for breaking the news to me via Twitter.)