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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: "I felt going into this, even on [Episode] VII — I don’t remember if this was discussed or not, but it felt like this was the final trilogy. It felt like it earned being the conclusion of that story. Who’s to say what comes next? Is there something else to be done that involves any of these characters? I’m working on nothing [Star Wars-related], so I’m not hinting at anything. I’m just saying, who’s to know, but it just felt like the end." "When I read [Rian Johnson's] first draft, it made me laugh, because I saw that was his take and his voice. I got to watch cuts of the movie as he was working on it, as an audience member. And I appreciated the choices he made as a filmmaker that would probably be very different from the choices that I would have made. Just as he would have made different choices if he had made Episode VII." "I felt the biggest surprise was how dark Luke was [in Star Wars: The Last Jedi]. That was the thing that I thought: 'Oh, that was unexpected.' And that’s the thing The Last Jedi undeniably succeeds at, which is constant subversion of expectation. The number of things that happened in that movie that aren’t the thing you think is going to happen is pretty fun." "I had a real sense with [Force Awakens co-screenwriter] Larry Kasdan about where things would go, potentially. And I think that, when I read Rian’s script, what I felt was that with everything that happens in that movie, and quite a lot does, nothing sort of obviated a sense of inevitability where I thought the story could go." (November 21, 2019)
     
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    Exactly why is subversion of expectations a good thing. Personally I think it's a load of bollocks. It's the new excuse for bad writing
     
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    Colin Trevorrow: “I’m not sure anyone who chooses the creative life should expect things. But I’m grateful to JJ [Abrams] for embracing some of our ideas [for Episode IX]. It’s exciting that fans will get to see the moments that felt essential to all of us.” “Bringing back the Emperor was an idea JJ brought to the table when he came on board. It’s honestly something I never considered. I commend him for it. This was a tough story to unlock, and he found the key.” “That’s not my place [to say], especially right now [what I worked on for Episode IX]. I know how hard this crew has worked over the past two years, a lot of them are working with us now on Jurassic. I want to support them as they put this film out into the world. In the end, I’m just proud to have my name in space.” “I just asked Rian [Johnson] if he could include a little moment where Rey and Poe meet for the first time. They’re such beloved characters, it felt right for them to have some history in the next movie. I thought the way he did it was perfect.” (November 22, 2019)

    J. J. Abrams: "When you look at this as nine chapters of a story, perhaps the weirder thing would be if Palpatine didn’t return. You just look at what he talks about, who he is, how important he is, what the story is — strangely, his absence entirely from the third trilogy would be conspicuous. It would be very weird. That’s not to say there was a bible and we knew what happens at every step. But when Larry Kasdan and I worked on The Force Awakens, we didn’t do it in a vacuum. We very purposely looked at what came before. We chose to tell a story that touches upon specific things and themes and ideas that we’ve seen before, to begin a new story. But we examined all that came before to ask where does this feel like it’s going? So there were discussions about that at the time. Yet, like any beginning, you want to put the threads in, but you don’t want to necessarily be literal about everything. And then when Rian [Johnson] was brought on to do The Last Jedi, we met and we talked about things and he wrote his story. And when I read it the script, I realized this didn’t get in the way of anything Larry and I talked about that I thought I’d get to. There were some very specific things we did get to do in this movie that we were laughing and going, 'Oh my god, we’re finally doing that thing we talked about five years ago.'" "There are things from that [The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens] book that we came close to finally doing for sure. But the specifics of Palpatine? I wasn’t supposed to do this movie. So I had a couple of years off. So when Kathleen Kennedy called and I got back on that train, I started asking where does this go? So, suddenly, we were there having to do it. The rubber was hitting the road. So, we went back to the threads that were exciting to us and then we found new ones." "I will say, without giving anything away, knowing this movie is an ending is, for me infinitely more challenging than a beginning. We knew we needed to provide answers. And while there may be some things that aren’t entirely demystified by the end of it, we wanted to make sure people left feeling that they were satisfied. So I hope, on a number of issues, people will leave and feel like that it’s a true ending and not an advertising ploy. We really are bringing it to an end." (November 25, 2019)

     
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    J. J. Abrams: "This movie [Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker] is not just the end of three films, it's the end of nine films so we had to not just consider but we had to really analyze and absorb all of the eight films that preceded us. I don't think any last chapter of a book is necessarily paying homage to the prior chapters…it's using the DNA of the story to bring an inevitability to the end." "I think my favorite scene from the prequels is…when the Emperor is telling Anakin the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise. Yeah, there's just something about that scene - there's just two people sitting there, it's visually interesting but I just think Ian [McDiarmid]'s performance in it is spectacular." (November 26, 2019)





    J. J. Abrams: "[Duel of the Fates] is an incredible score. I remember...the reason I didn't love [the scene] was only because I remember the posters that advertised Darth Maul, you know, the feel of, 'Oh my god here we go.' And then it was over. And I know in the expanded universe [Maul] lived on with those spidery legs and everything but I will tell you that it just was over too quickly - this character that I thought, 'Here we go with the beginning of something that will take me somewhere.' I just remember when it ended...like, what [that's it]? I mean the scene is amazing." (November 26, 2019)

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    I’m just impressed that JJ knew Maul survived and I’m doubly impressed that he knew about the spider legs
     
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    J. J. Abrams: “[Finn's history] is part of the story of this one. And it was alluded to in Episode VII, but there’s a bit more light shed on that in this one.” “I would say that each of the characters get more light shed on their histories. I’m not saying we get full, exhaustive downloads on all of their childhoods and every major step that got them to where they are. But there are a lot of questions about Finn’s past, about Poe’s past, obviously Rey and Kylo, and then some of the new characters we meet.” “We went into this movie very much in the mindset that this has to be conclusive. It has to. You have to get some answers. You have to learn some things.” “For me personally, the fun of it is the excitement of what comes next, what comes down the line. It makes beginnings tantalizing and exciting because hopefully the audience will feel the same feeling you have, which is, Ooh, I think I know where this is going. Let’s see how we get there.” “Endings are very difficult because they need to take everything that’s come before, in this case eight films prior, and draw it to a close. So I wanted to make sure in addition to the central story, the main character or characters, I wanted to make sure that you felt that when you were done with this film, you felt like you had some more insight into all of them. That was really important to us.” (December 2, 2019)
     
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    J. J. Abrams: “[Rey and Kylo Ren are] stronger, but because each is stronger, so is their adversary. [The characters are] connected in this profound way, drawn to each other, curious about each other, knowledgeable about each other. They also are, by definition, working on opposite sides of things. And so the dichotomy of those characters is the thing that, for me, is most fascinating.” “I look back at what Daisy [Ridley] did in The Force Awakens, and I thought her work was exceptional. She’s so Maclunkey talented. But I look at what she’s done in this film, and I’m so awestruck by her maturity and her nuance and the power that she brought to this part. As challenging as I knew this movie was going to be for me as a director, I also knew it was going to be extraordinarily challenging for her. And she exceeded my wildest dreams of what she might do.” “Adam [Driver], as well, goes to a far deeper, more interesting, compelling, and subtle place with his character. When we met Kylo, he was almost like a bit of an adolescent. He would sort of rage. He aspired to a kind of power and control, but he was out of control. [In The Rise of Skywalker he's] much more centered, no less broken, but far more controlled. Having assumed the position of Supreme Leader, he comes to the story a much more mature figure while still, in his own way, raging.” “If you compare [Kylo] with Rey, they both have this kind of confidence in their position, and yet the stakes have only grown greater. The challenge has only grown more significant. They’re both in brand-new and yet similar situations.” "No, [there's no East Asian 'Red Thread of Fate' marking Rey and Kylo as destined lovers as some fans have speculated]. That is not something that we incorporated.” (December 3, 2019)
     
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    Lol, did JJ really say Maclunkey? :D:p
     
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    Probably not
    It’s just our language filter being super efficient :D.
     
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    Sorry I was at a late lunch and didn't realize the swear filter doesn't like that word. (chewbacca)
     
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    J. J. Abrams: "At [only] just the very beginning of the process we sat down with [George Lucas] and he shared with us his feelings of what the Force means to him and just all what he wanted to say that we wanted to hear - and not about story we didn't like break story with him - but that kind of stuff." "He will see it before it comes out and I look forward to hearing from him."

     
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    From Q&A at CCXP Brazil 2019

    Q: Have you ever been tempted to include some kind of crazy fan theory into it?
    J. J. Abrams:
    Well the fans of Star Wars are so passionate and they are so diverse in their attitudes, in their points of view, what they love, what they hate, you know, they are incredibly passionate. So the amazing sort of hive mind of the Star Wars fan is sort of like every base is covered, every idea, every piece of analysis - everything is done. So in a way almost anything you do include is likely already a fan theory, but it's incredible when I have read some that are really smart I get inspired and reminded how wonderful the Star Wars fans are.

    Answer to unknown question (probably about Palpatine I guess) follows:
    J. J. Abrams:
    "Well I won't ruin anything, you'll see the movie hopefully and see the story, but I will say that having Ian [McDiarmid] back, having that character, as you'll see is such an extraordinary power and it's just such a wonderful thing to get to return to so what I can't wait for you to see is how that character - how and why that character is - and what it means for these characters."

    Answer to unknown question (probably about the balance of the Force or Chosen One prophecy I guess) follows:
    J. J. Abrams: "It's something that we talked about quite a bit in the development of this story: the balance of the Force - frankly like the balance of anything - is hard fought and must be maintained. It's not something that happens and is a permanent thing - you can not take that for granted. And so the story of balance in an on-going, evolving story."
     
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