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JJ Abrams to write and direct Episode IX

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' started by Casper11, Sep 12, 2017.

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    Interesting quote. Even though I’ve always thought he has incredible talent and intuition directing, he seems to veer towards producing I don’t know why... Maybe if you’re a perfectionist, as he seems to be, directing and editing must leave you exhausted. Producing is probably more procedural and less intense in the creative sense.
     
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    Producing, can mean just as much as slapping your name or allowing a studio to put your name on it.
    STEPHEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS A TOBE HOOPER FILM
    sounds much a better for a PG horror film than:
    FROM THE DIRECTOR OF TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE


    (I know that's a weak example since SS was heavily involved but I think it most clearly illustrates how flimsy a producers title *can be*)

    Or Stephen Spielberg presents: Freakazoid/Animaniacs.
     
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    it was a joke i was trying to get to 30 post so i could make a thread
     
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    Grace Randolph is a hack. The meeting described never took place because the people who would have attended that meeting were on separate continents when that alleged meeting (which she said was a physical meeting) took place. So it couldn't have happened. Especially the part where she argued that Disney want Kathleen Kennedy fired but couldn't find a single executive in all of Hollywood willing to replace her, with the sole exception of a director who doesn't have a lot of experience in that field.
     
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    @Pomojema I think you missed my point or maybe that you want only to state yours.
    Which is.. fine I guess.
    But to make things clear...
    I don’t care about Grace Randolph to the point that I have to defende or to criticize whatever she does.
    Even tho I know sometimes she’s got things right just like many others who do the same kind of things she does.
    Sometimes they are right. Sometimes they are wrong or only particially right.
    The first case it’s not that interesting. The latter “may” be.
    And my all point was just that: I think that too many times people who do that job, may get some bites,
    very small pieces of information and then they tend to fabricate what they miss to offer a complete story.
    That apparently makes sense, until proven... wrong.

    In this scenario... I don’t find particularly hard to believe that a conference call with Pixar and
    Marvel creatives (physically sit in that room... or connected via Skype) took place,
    while JJ was at Pinewood Studio, shooting Ep IX, because it is known that JJ consulted these
    very same people while making TFA, just to know their opinions and get some advises.
    I don’t see anything wrong or bad about it.
    It’s nothing more that people that trust each other, that work for the same company (Disney)
    sharing opinions to help JJ to make the best possible movie he can.

    But I also think, if you heard about the conference call (behind close door, with those people)
    and from another source that at the same time JJ is
    in talk for a new deal with Disney and at the same time you know that KK contract is about to
    end (you renew something that is about to end), instead of taking and making public the saparate
    info for what they are, you may be lead to believe and choose to fabricate an entire story...
    a wrong one even the single pieces were not.

    Sorry I don’t know how to say it better.

    Edit: if it may help.... I was probably among the few saying something like before TLJ came out,
    about the MSW scoop that reported of Kylo and the KOR on Achtoo.
    I think we all remember what it was about.
    Before the movie came out, I said many times in this forum, that I believed something was wrong.
    That maybe they’ve put together different information, fabricating the missing points.
    And I was right. Because the scenes were shooted, and most of them are the sequences in the
    Caretakers village that didn’t make the finale cut.
    But instead of saying the videos and the pictures we’ve got are too bad and we don’t really
    know what these scenes are about, they used a story (a plot line, that of Kylo
    and KOR etc..) someone else or they fabricated.
     
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    I am not sure if Grace Randolph is a person able to make (or interested in making) educated guesses... I personally find it hard to give credit to anything she says. Her film reviews more often than not miss the point entirely or are too interested in exposing her “contrarian” narratives to be insightful or even fair.
     
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    Honestly.... anyone with a little bit of brain and those bites of info could have easily made
    that assumption.
    Does mean - of course - the assumption is/was right.

    About her... as I said, I am not a fan nor someone with some bias.
    Even tho... well I have different opinions than hers about TLJ, a movie she liked
    for many of the reasons I didn’t.
    But fair.
    And above all, when it comes to rumors, I just have to acknowledge in other circumstances
    she’s been right.
    I don’t think this one was one of them....

    At best, she was clever enough to not say that KK was going to be fired... quite the contrary.

    Meaning only, she may have “some” good sources.
    And not always.
     
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    Deadline - Bad Robot: Sizing Up the Field As Race To Land JJ Abrams’ Business Enters Home Stretch

     
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    The more I think about it, the more I'm glad JJ is coming back for Episode IX. I remember saying back in 2015, when Trevorrow was announced, that I wanted Abrams to bookend this trilogy with Rian shaking things up in the middle, and I'm glad it played out that way. Now, although I think TLJ is a superior Star Wars film to TFA and Rian Johnson is a better director, there are 2 big reasons I'm glad to see JJ back:

    1. He might not be the most original filmmaker, but he knows how to make crowd-pleasing films
    2. He has a true love for Star Wars and an immense respect for the source material

    It's those 2 reasons that I think JJ will knock this movie out of the park. I think those who are expecting a total retcon of TLJ are setting themselves up for disappointment. However, if fans just go into it expecting a fun, exciting Star Wars film that fits the tone of the originals, continues threads from both TFA and TLJ, and gives a fitting end to the narrative and characters he helped create, they will be satisfied. Given JJ's track record, that's exactly what I expect - a romp that will cap off this trilogy nicely while giving you that classic "Star Wars" feeling. Is it December yet?

    May the Force be with you, JJ.
     
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    JJ interview coming out Friday US time.
     
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    Lol what a pointless interview :D Thanks for the link though :cool:
     
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    That’s exactly what I was expecting. We won’t be getting any real info until Celebration and until the major publications like Entertainment Weekly come out with their features
     
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    Exclusive: J.J. Abrams on Star Wars, Apple, and building Bad Robot into a Hollywood force

    J. J. Abrams: "
    But it was a completely unknown scenario. I had some gut instincts about where the story would have gone. But without getting in the weeds on episode eight, that was a story that Rian wrote and was telling based on seven before we met. So he was taking the thing in another direction. So we also had to respond to Episode VIII. So our movie was not just following what we had started, it was following what we had started and then had been advanced by someone else. So there was that, and, finally, it was resolving nine movies. While there are some threads of larger ideas and some big picture things that had been conceived decades ago and a lot of ideas that Lawrence Kasdan and I had when we were doing Episode VII, the lack of absolute inevitability, the lack of a complete structure for this thing, given the way it was being run was an enormous challenge. " (April 9, 2019)
     
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    Interesting. This is the first time I hear Abrams saying that the lack of structure for this new trilogy has been a challenge... because that's what he's saying, right?
     
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    Well he said"lack of complete structure." So I'd say he meant he had his structure, Rian had his structure, Colin Treverrow his. JJ had to rethink the ending.
     
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    That's the way I read it as well. JJ wrote TFA and had feelings in his gut of where the story would go, then Rian came in and took it in another direction, and with the firing of Trevorrow, JJ had to start from scratch and was challenged more as a writer than ever to find a satisfactory conclusion. And if one reads the rest of the article, they can see his confidence in Episode IX not just as the last film of this trilogy, but as the final saga film tying everything together. Makes me as excited as ever for this installment.
     
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    That's what I took from it. There wasn't an overall structure or story arc, each director responded to previous and added their own. Which is something we kinda already had figured out.
     
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    Yeah he sounds legitimately excited and hopeful about what they captured on film
     
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