Because Rian Johnson has been the target of controversy from fans who weren’t thrilled with The Last Jedi since the release of the film, and there aren’t constant announcements about his series of Star Wars spin-offs since development on them has only just begun, every now and again speculation posing as a rumor comes along saying that they’re going to be cancelled. Rian Johnson has indirectly debunked those concerns via Twitter today when a fan asked if his movies are still being worked on, to which he said yes.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) August 29, 2018
Amusingly enough, this morning tweet came hours before another “rumor” about Lucasfilm getting cold feet about Johnson surfaced. But the thing is that Johnson has been in a pretty safe position at Lucasfilm for quite a while; Disney CEO Bob Iger was a fan of The Last Jedi, he greenlit his planned trilogy of movies, and the studio saw no need to heavily overhaul his movie during the long period of post-production that the film had. Aside from the aforementioned anger of a particular group of fans who ultimately make up a small portion of the Star Wars franchise’s global audience, there’s not a whole lot to actually substantiate the idea that Johnson on his way out.
Immediately after Solo‘s poor financial performance, Lucasfilm have told ABC that Rian Johnson’s movies are a priority for the studio, along with the movies being developed by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (the showrunners behind Game of Thrones). There are other projects being developed as well that have yet to be announced; even though both were discussed, movies about Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi have not been confirmed to be in-development by Lucasfilm. The “one-off” Star Wars spin-offs aren’t being cancelled, they’re just being rethought as two major Star Wars movie series – one from Johnson and one from Benioff and Weiss – will take center stage.
The thing is that, when working on a major project, much less a planned trilogy, development takes quite a bit of time. So it’s not surprising that there’s an absence of casting news on this project. But the absence of news does not equate to nothing happening behind the scenes. It’ll be years from the release anyway, at which point current “hot take”-based anger will likely have subsided.