Just under a month out from release, filmmaker J.J. Abrams has spoken some more about his work on the upcoming sci-fi trilogy and full saga capper “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” as part of a lengthy new interview with Rolling Stone.
First up, Abrams confirms this is a “far larger movie in terms of scale” that his previous work on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with the narrative having “much more going on”. He adds it’s the most challenging thing he’s ever been involved in “by a lot”.
One of those challenges was no doubt dealing with some of the changes that director Rian Johnson delivered in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” which took risks and stepped in directions quite different to what Abrams seemed to be planning had he done the whole trilogy himself. Speaking of that, Abrams says that Johnson’s film didn’t really alter the overall trilogy story:
“When I read his 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 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.”
So where does that story go? Wherever it does, Abrams is adamant that it’s an ending and what he hopes will be a satisfying conclusion for all:
“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.”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is scheduled to open in cinemas on December 20th.
This international RISE OF SKYWALKER poster confirms that Chewie's Porg buddy from TLJ is in the movie, and that's all I care about pic.twitter.com/xqy9DZslMM
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