Fans of the Star Wars franchise will certainly be familiar with Rian Johnson. He is the director of The Last Jedi, an entry in the Star Wars saga that divided the fanbase in its reception. To some of the said fans, he’s a criminal for his execution of the movie and to the other faction, he did a fine job. Whatever side of the fence you are on, you are more likely to belong to a minority of moviegoers who are familiar with the American filmmaker.
Other than his divisive work on Star Wars, he’s made critically welcomed projects such as Brick in 2005 and Looper in 2012. For more information about the man who blew up an entire fan base, keep reading this piece to get details of his professional history and educational background.
Who Is Rian Johnson?
Rian Johnson’s career may not yet have a ton of feature films in its resume but the man has made over 90 projects, most of which are short films and he attained that figure before he left film school. A self-described audio-visual geek, Rian’s directorial style is seen as more suited for independent work and not studio projects.
Rian, who was born on December 17, 1973, in Silver Spring, Maryland credits his film style to the film, Annie Hall directed by Woody Allen in 1977. Rian’s educational background involved attending the USC School of Cinematic Arts after high school in San Clemente High School in 1992. Although Rian Johnson was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, he spent some time growing up in Colorado before he settled in San Clemente. His first movie, Brick was primarily filmed at his former high school.
This movie-maker has a ton of short films in his resume, he made his first feature-length film in 2005. The movie, Brick which introduced Hollywood to the art of Rian took him six years to make, which he spent mostly looking for money to make the film. After six years of shooting promo shots and videos for a preschool for deaf children, Rian was finally able to raise the $500,000 that it took to shoot Brick. The film which starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt debuted at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival to great critical acclaim and was eventually bought by Focus Features for theatrical distribution.
For a lot of artists, their talent is a means to an end, with the end mostly being wealth. For others, however, their talent and what they can create with it is the goal itself. For the second group, money is nothing more than a tool to express their talent. Rian Johnson belongs to the second group. So, even though his movie Brick had opened Hollywood’s eyes to his abilities, the Maryland-born filmmaker chose to keep his focus on independent movies like one of his inspirations, The Coen Brothers.
Rian returned to making smaller projects, including directing a music video for one of his favorite music bands, The Mountain Goats. His follow-up movie, while it didn’t take long and had little problems in terms of funding, did not enjoy a similar critical or box office reception as his first movie. The movie, The Brothers Bloom which starred Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo was an underwhelming project from the man who had produced Brick. Before making the project where it was impossible to please everyone in The Last Jedi, he made Looper in 2012, starring Bruce Willis and a reunion with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, it was a sci-fi action thriller. The film received a better reception than The Brothers Bloom and further raised his profile as a filmmaker.
Rian’s work hasn’t been limited to short films and features alone. He has directed a couple of episodes of tv shows, including three episodes of Breaking Bad which earned him the Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directing. As a filmmaker, he has worked on thirteen films and four tv shows thus far.
What Is His Net Worth?
Rian Johnson has made a few movies since he broke into Hollywood, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi being his only blockbuster movie so far. The director is estimated to be worth $3 million, which is believed to mostly be earnings from his work on The Last Jedi.
Family and Relationship
Rian is one of the low-key players in Hollywood, not divulging the details of his personal life to the media, but he is known to be in a band called, The Preserves where he sings and plays the banjo with his cousin, Nathan Johnson. His brother, Aaron Johnson is also a music producer.
As for romantic relationships, it is understood that Rian Johnson has been in a relationship with writer Karina Longworth since 2011. There are no indications of the couple’s decision to marry yet.