EP VIII, Is currently in its final stage. Director Rian Johnson has strongly implied that he will not be directing episode IX in a recent interview at a Japanese press conference. "It was never in the plan for me to direct Episode IX, so I don't know what's going to happen with it," said Rian “For me, I was entirely focused on Episode VIII and having this experience and now I'm just thinking of putting the movie out there and seeing how audiences respond to it."
Rian Johnson also stated later in the discussion about EP IX “I'm not really thinking about that now," he sustained. " I'm going to be really excited to be an audience member again. And to sit down and see what the next filmmaker has to show us and where this story ends up going."
Without having specifically stated he will not be directing EP IX, He has certainly implied it. With millions of fans anticipating The Last Jedi’s release date, it leaves the question hanging in the air will Rian Johnson continue to direct this series.
EP VIII – The Last Jedi, set to release on 15/12/17