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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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    J. J. Abrams: “The story that we’re telling [with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker], the story that we started to conceive when we did The Force Awakens was allowed to continue. Episode VIII didn’t really derail anything that we were thinking about. But I will say that the fun of this movie is that these characters are all together on this adventure as a group and that’s the thing that I was most excited about to see – the dynamic between these characters that these amazing actors play on this desperate, seat-of-your-pants, adventure. That to me was the thing that was kind of the most fun: having the group together.” (archive)



    Daisy Ridley:
    "Well J. J. told me what was gonna happen [in Episode IX before filming began] and then he changed his mind. So I knew what was gonna happen for like a week and then he was like, 'Oh that's changed.' I was like, 'Okay...' So then he told me something else and then the script, you know, it was like shifting and developing as we were doing it, but for the most part he told me what was gonna happen and then things were added and I was like (shocked face), 'Since when is this happening?' and he's like, 'Oh yeah we had a really cool idea...' [It's] so cool." (archive)

     
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    Daisy Ridley: "Well I felt like...at the end [of Star Wars: The Last Jedi] I was like, 'Ah this is strange' because it sort of feels like a finish but then we have another film to do and then J. J. [Abrams] figured out a way to take the story in such a different direction. Somebody said to me that they saw the [new] film and they said I was like the teenager in Episode VII and in [The] Rise of Skywalker it's like Daisy 2.0 or something and I was like, 'That's nice.' To just feel [that] I progressed. That's a big one. " (August 24, 2019)


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    Fab TV: Is there any kind of clue that you can give us for the ending or any part of the film that's different from the last Star Wars film [Star Wars: The Last Jedi] you made?
    Daisy Ridley:
    I mean it's very different. I can't give you the ending, 'cause that would ruin the next few months! (smiles)
    Fab TV: What did you do different to be in this one? What was so different about making this one?
    DR:
    It's just a different story. It's a different route. We went down like more of an...I genuinely didn't know what I was gonna get when I read the script and then the script like it's changed...I don't know.
    Fab TV: Is it more physical, too?
    DR:
    I mean no, 'cause it's been physical the whole way, but I felt more able to do everything physically because I've had two films to like train in sword-fighting and, you know. No, it didn't feel that different because it's always a great time. It's always been funny and always been dark and all of those bits. It's just a new [story] direction. (smiles)

     
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    I don't get why "he is mindblowing" means redemption arc? Adam Driver is mindblowing in the other movies too.
     
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    J. J. Abrams: "Trying to finish it and stick the landing [is more daunting than starting this Star Wars trilogy]. (laughs) Starting [the trilogy] had its challenges for sure - it was was the most challenging thing I'd ever done by a long shot - this ending is...The Force Awakens was nursery school compared to this. This movie has been an incredibly challenging and equally satisfying and gratifying experience. So I feel very lucky but we're still in it and we're still cutting and so I can't talk about it in the past tense. (August 24, 2019)

    J. J. Abrams:
    "It's been a gift to get to work with these people again to get to deal with these characters again. I didn't think that was going to happen for me. This ending - which is such an important thing for all of us - by far has been the most challenging thing I've ever worked on." (August 24, 2019)
     
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    J. J. Abrams: “I never found myself trying to repair anything. If I had done [Episode] VIII, I would have done things differently, just as Rian would have done things differently if he had done VII. But having worked on television series, I was accustomed to creating stories and characters that then were run by other people. If you’re willing to walk away from the thing that you created and you believe it’s in trustworthy hands, you have to accept that some of the decisions being made are not gonna be the same that you would make. And if you come back into it, you have to honor what’s been done.” (September 28, 2019) (archive)

    The repaired Skywalker saber...the repaired mask...the yadda yadda yadda
     
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    J. J. Abrams: "I've admired Chris Terrio's writing for a long time. I called on him because I knew it would be a challenge. But I didn't know it would be quite as challenging as it was." (Empire magazine November 2019)

    J. J. Abrams: "You can't plan everything in advance - which my 'Revenge of the Jedi' poster proves. You have a better idea and then you implement it. When I was working on [Episode] VII, I'd be lying if I said I knew everything that was gonna happen in VIII and IX. I had some ideas, but we had a release date that required us to work on VII!" (Empire magazine November 2019)

    J. J. Abrams: "Some people feel like we shouldn't revisit the idea of Palpatine, and I completely understand that. But if you're looking at these nine films as one story, I don't know many books where the last few chapters have nothing to do with those that have come before. If you look at the first eight films, all the set-ups of what we're doing in [Episode] IX are there in plan view." (Empire magazine November 2019)

    J. J. Abrams: "I'd rather let that ['Darth Rey'] one lie [than talk about it]. But I will say that the movie has a number of things that you wouldn't expect to have happen and that you wouldn't expect certain characters to do. (smiles) And that's one of them." (Empire magazine November 2019)
     
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    Some old quotes from 10+ years ago:

    J. J. Abrams: "
    I'm very interested in the [new] TV series [Star Wars: The Clone Wars]. I was lucky enough to spend some time with George Lucas and we talked a bit about the show. It sounds really interesting in the way that he's approaching the series both from a behind-the-scenes point of view and also the on-screen narrative which sounds really intriguing. I feel like the world of Star Wars has gotten to be so vast, not just in terms of the various mediums that it occupies, but because of the visual possibilities that technology has allowed and Industrial Light & Magic is so remarkably capable at creating. My favorite thing about Star Wars is the ability to tell an incredibly personal, intimate and emotional story against a backdrop of conflict and battle that's planetary and massive. What I would love to see is a story about characters that I am desperately entertained by and definitely care about, and keep that story as focused as possible and make more of that than the pyrotechnics of it all which to me is what makes Star Wars so brilliant. If it's a TV show, that's terrific. If it's animated, I'm all for it. If it's a radio show or a video game or an online experience -- whatever it is -- I would love to discover in this vast universe some new characters that make me feel the way that Luke, Leia and Han Solo did." (October 16, 2008)

    J. J. Abrams:
    “It’s funny how in a weird way sometimes by demystifying a character it takes away from some of the fun that you felt about that character. It takes the mystery out of it. Sometimes a character is more interesting when you don’t know everything about them. Even someone from my generation — and I’m ancient compared to so many of the Star Wars fans that are out there — for me the character of Darth Vader was always so compelling because you were putting together all these thing in your head and making all these assumptions that to get to know Anakin as much as we ultimately did, changes the way you consider Darth Vader. It’s crazy to me that my kids relate to Anakin; which to me is criminal because I grew up believing Vader is a bad guy. I related to Luke and Leia and Han Solo. You don’t relate to Vader! I still think it’s wrong to be on Anakin’s side. So I guess there’s no one character I can point to and say that I want to know more about him or her, it’s just that Star Wars is so vast it would be great to find characters that have that level of emotional intimacy.” (October 16, 2008)
     
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    Hahahha

    And now kids are related to Kylo Ren, the bad guy who killed his own father. This character was created by JJ Adams.
     
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    But he made us believe from the start (or almost from the start) that he is conflicted and not a bad but a misguided guy.
     
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    Agree. He is a problematic person. Not a regular bad guy.
     
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    This is pretty much established from the very first scene with Kylo. Lor San Tekka makes it pretty clear he doesn't think Kylo is as evil as he thinks he is.
     
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    In TESB the Gestalt switch/shift made what Obi-Wan said about Luke's dad similar to what Lor San Tekka said about Kylo Ren.

    KYLO REN: Look how old you've become.
    LOR SAN TEKKA: Something far worse has happened to you.
    KYLO REN: You know what I've come for.
    LOR SAN TEKKA: I know where you come from. Before you called yourself Kylo Ren.
    KYLO REN: The map to Skywalker. We know you found it. And now you're going to give it to the First Order.
    LOR SAN TEKKA: The First Order rose from the dark side. You did not.
    KYLO REN: I'll show you the dark side.
    LOR SAN TEKKA: You may try. But you cannot deny the truth that is your family.
    KYLO REN: You're so right. (LIGHTSABER CRACKLING) (KILLS LOR SAN TEKKA)

    Kylo Ren is a bad guy, but he earlier in his life wasn't. He changed. The past is not the present. Knowing what the correct choice is and always making the wrong evil murderous choice each time anyway makes someone worse not better; a killer that doesn't actually know any better is less worse by comparison, like getting mad at a tornado or hurricane or a rabid animal.
     
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    Or you could accept that Kylo/Ben has always been conflicted with moving to the dark side, that he was corrupted and very young age and turned into a monster... and yet... he keeps looking for a way out, he doesn't kill fire the missile when he had the chance to kill his mother. He doesn't kill Rey. Yes, he's done horrible things... but he's been manipulated. Even the characters go back and forth from "He's gone..." to "No one is every really gone." Part of the whole trilogy is will he or won't he come back to the light.... TLJ was ABOUT THAT STRUGGLE and Rey's belief he can be brought back.
     
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    Every word of what you just said is wrong. ;)

    Also he was just rejected by Rey.
     
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    J. J. Abrams: “Kylo Ren feels like he hasn’t arrived. Even as he becomes supreme leader, he is wanting. It’s like anyone you know who thinks that, when he arrives where he’s going, he will feel fulfilled. For Kylo, the hole only gets bigger.” (October 28, 2019)

    J. J. Abrams: “[Episode IX posed] mind-boggling challenges.” “The ending of this trilogy of trilogies is a tricky thing. This movie has to work on its own. It’s got to have its own beginning, middle and end. It can’t make the mistake of a lot of sequels, where you just assume a character is beloved, where the movie suffers because the character is suddenly lacking. We can’t assume anyone cares.” (November 11, 2019)

    J. J. Abrams: “On [Episode 9], I let myself be, at least in the way I was approaching the thing, freer. In Episode 7, I was adhering to a kind of approach that felt right for Star Wars in my head. It was about finding a visual language, like shooting on locations and doing practical things as much as possible. And we continue that in Episode 9, but I also found myself doing things that I’m not sure I would have been as daring to do on Episode 7.” “Rian [Johnson] helped remind me that that’s why we’re on these movies – not to just do something that you’ve seen before. I won’t say that I felt constrained or limited on 7, but I found myself wanting to do something that felt more consistent with the original trilogy than not. And on 9, I found myself feeling like I’m just gonna go for it a bit more.” (November 11, 2019)

    J. J. Abrams: “The confidence of the [Rey] character has grown as, I think, the confidence of the actress has grown. It is hard for me to separate Daisy from Rey, and I know that when writing the character, I have Daisy and her rhythms in my head. Luckily, she is as sharp and thoughtful and funny as they come, so knowing I am writing for her always raises the bar.” (November 12, 2019)

    J. J. Abrams:
    “[George Lucas] had a lot of things to say [during prep for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker] about the nature of the Force, the themes that he was dealing with when he was writing the movies. Yes, there were some conversations about Midi-chlorians – he loves his Midi-chlorians. But it was a very helpful thing. Sitting with him is a treat, just to hear him talk, because it’s ****ing George Lucas talking about Star Wars. I always feel it’s a gift to hear him talk about that stuff. Because the effect that he had on me at 10 years old is utterly profound.” (November 13, 2019)
     
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    J. J. Abrams: "I couldn't concentrate on VIII and IX [before], because I was trying to make The Force Awakens. [However while I had little to no say in the previous episode], nothing [Rian Johnson] was doing undid anything that I thought was where the story would go." "I have no intention of undoing stuff. It's a continuation of the story. But as you know, stories have turns and twists that mean things don't always go in a straight line as you might think." (SciFiNow Magazine Issue 165)

    J. J. Abrams:
    "By far [Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker] is the most challenging thing I've ever been a part of, this movie. For a lot of reasons. Story reasons, expectation reasons, dealing with the characters, what's come before, but this trilogy of movies was always a continuation of this saga...all the set ups for what happens in this movie are right there in I through VIII, many of them in I through VI. So we didn't try to reinvent everything. Obviously we're using some of the characters, we're using a lot of the themes, but these themes must be revisited in new ways. It's not to say we want to do the same stuff. If you catch all nine of these movies together, there's an absolute continuum." (SciFiNow Magazine Issue 165)

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    Total Film Magazine interviews (December 2019)

    J. J. Abrams:
    "We very intentionally started Episode VII with [the quote 'This will begin to make things right. Without the Jedi there can be no balance in the Force']. The hope was that movie would set in motion a story, ultimately, about these characters dealing with the unresolved story that Episodes I through VI began. Hopefully, Episode IX fulfills that promise."

    J. J. Abrams: "[There was a] loose plan [for the three episodes]. Nothing Rian [Johnson] was doing was undoing anything that I was thinking would happen." "It was too tempting - to conclude not just this trilogy, but the three trilogies. Coming back, essentially it was a clean slate [for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker]. Because I wasn't brand new to the world of it, Kathy [Kennedy] knew that there had been a sense of where this thing would go. In a way, it's like getting a second chance, to go back to something that you really thought you had put behind you."

    J. J. Abrams: "[I approached the story like a] living, breathing thing." "This has to be the war to end all wars. This has to be the ultimate battle. Not just externally, but internally, for the characters. In Episode VII these characters are just meeting, and they were almost separate for the entire movie. This is the first time you get to see this group of people, these group of friends, together on an adventure - their most challenging yet, against something that is the biggest threat. Can these new, young characters handle it? That, to me, defines the feeling of Star Wars."

    J. J. Abrams: "The conversation about bringing people back came from looking at the nine movies and seeing what the story is telling us. There was an absolute inevitability. For someone who says, 'Don't bring Palpatine back, it's not an original idea,' I would say, if you're looking at the story these movies tell, he's very much part of that and the big picture. All the setups that you need are in the existing movies."

    J. J. Abrams: "[I made] bold and surprising [choices with the story of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker]." "I wouldn't want someone to see this and go, 'That's crazy.' But, if you're not doing something that's going to shock some people, you're probably not going as far as you should."
     
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    Entertainment Weekly - Inside Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: ‘The stakes are all or nothing’

    Kathleen Kennedy:Every one of these movies is a particularly hard nut to crack. There’s no source material. We don’t have comic books. We don’t have 800-page novels. We don’t have anything other than passionate storytellers who get together and talk about what the next iteration might be. We go through a really normal development process that everybody else does. You start by talking to filmmakers who you think exhibit the sensibilities that you’re looking for. And I would argue that the list is very small — people who really do have the sensibilities about these kind of movies, and then the experience and the ability to handle how enormous a job these movies are. So we try to be as thoughtful as we possibly can about making those choices. I would also argue that sometimes people get involved in the normal development process, and then they realize, ‘Oh, my God, this is so much more than I ever imagined.’ So it’s pretty common that when you’re working on movies, you’re not making choices and decisions that necessarily work out exactly the way you want from the get-go. It’s been an evolving process with lots of people and lots of opinions, and then you try to shape something into what it eventually becomes. So I feel really fortunate that I’ve worked with so many great people that have been absolutely committed, J.J. [Abrams] being one of them. He’s a huge fan, incredibly passionate about Star Wars, and has been from the moment he and I sat down and started talking about this. And the more he got involved, the more excited he became. So I think if you asked him today, he probably wishes he’d been in a situation where he could have done all three — but as I said, these are huge projects. So it’s very difficult unless there’s three or four years in between. It’s not really physically possible.” (November 19, 2019)

    Kathleen Kennedy: "When you’re dealing, as I said, with something where you don’t necessarily have any source material, then you’re looking for a filmmaker who has a strong point of view, who can find themselves in the characters and in the story. That’s what drives the momentum of the storytelling. And I think J.J. [Abrams] is a perfect example of that. He can’t do anything without his energy and enthusiasm becoming very much a part of the storytelling. So he’s very fun to be in a room with when you’re when you’re trying to break story, because he does have that amazing energy and enthusiasm. And he’s funny. That always helps. We spent a lot of time laughing." (November 19, 2019)

    Kathleen Kennedy: “Well, I wouldn’t say you ever get to a point [in the process of making a movie like Episode IX] where you just go, ‘That’s it.’ It’s a constantly evolving process. I mean, there’s still little things that we’re trying to get exactly right, right now. You never stop the storytelling iterations that go on in making these movies. But we know what these previous eight movies are. We know what that story is. So in this movie, we’re taking all of what’s come before, and we’re trying to find a satisfying conclusion. And I think we have, and that’s something that we can only depend on our instincts to arrive at, whether or not we have. And then we have what I would call the family and friends that you pull in and you show things to when you try to get some kind of feedback, and make sure that you’re making sense and that you’re delivering on the things that you intend. That’s something that we’re still talking about right now.” (November 19, 2019)

    Kathleen Kennedy: “I think there’s plenty of examples where people create something that is fundamental to who they are, where it’s difficult letting go and watching that become something different. So I think initially, that was difficult for George [Lucas] — I don’t think he anticipated how hard that would be. And J.J. [Abrams] came into it with such enthusiasm and, frankly, reverence for Star Wars and for George, and had to find what was personal for him. He had to make it his own. Every director who comes into a movie has to make something their own; they have to find themselves in the storytelling. And then that’s going to become a different point of view. And I think that’s all George was reacting to. He may not agree with every choice J.J. made. He may not agree with every choice Rian [Johnson] made. But he appreciates the filmmaking. That I know. […] So I see him get caught up in this again, and I think there’s a little bit of regret that he’s not on the stage and directing movies and in it still. And that may filter into it as well. I can’t really speak on behalf of what George is feeling all the time. But I know that he’s very, very proud of what he created. And to see people go on and enjoy this now into almost 2020 is pretty remarkable.” (November 19, 2019)

    J. J. Abrams:
    “We always knew we were going to have three fewer months to postproduction this film. So much is still being worked on. It’s literally a practical race to get it finished.” "[I'm feeling] infinitely better [at this very late stage about The Rise of Skywalker than I was about The Force Awakens]." “We had more reshoots on Episode VII than this one. We had more story adjustments on VII than this one. We didn’t know if these characters would work, if the actors would be able to carry a Star Wars movie. There were a lot of things we didn’t know. On this, we knew who and what worked, and everyone is doing the best work I’ve ever seen anyone do. But the ambition of this movie is far greater than Force Awakens. What we set out to do was far more challenging. Everything is exponentially larger on this.” “The [trailers] that have come out are scratching the surface of what the movie is.” "Yes [there are major action sequences we’ve yet to see any footage from]." "The stakes are all or nothing with this film.” (November 19, 2019)

    J. J. Abrams: “The scavenger [Rey] who is desperate and haggling for portions and trying to survive [in Force Awakens] — those special skills and that special experience ends up being something that is essential to saving the galaxy.” "[I see Rey and Kylo Ren as] two sides of the same coin, even when they’re not together they still haunt each other in a way — they know they are each other’s unresolved business.” (November 19, 2019)

    J. J. Abrams: "[The Death Star remnants] felt like going into the haunted house, the place that you have to go to. This is a story of people having to grapple with the burden the prior generation dumps on those that follow. So literally returning to this wreck of the past and having to fight it out felt like an obvious metaphor, but also felt incredibly cinematic." (November 19, 2019)

    J. J. Abrams: “Saying Leia had passed away, or that she was off somewhere else, felt like a cheat. Then I remembered we had these scenes that we hadn’t used from Episode VII. It was like finding this impossible answer to this impossible question. Suddenly we had classic Carrie in these amazing moments. So when you see in the movie, it’s her, she’s there. It’s not like there’s some crazy digital trickery. She’s just in the movie.” “[What Force Ghosts can and cannot do is] probably best answered, by not answering it.” (November 19, 2019)
     
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