Walking the red-carpet premiere for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” last night, the film’s co-writer and director J.J. Abrams offered a couple of comments about the future of the franchise – more specifically Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII”.
Talking with Slashfilm, he says that writing ‘The Force Awakens’ led to some ideas for ‘Episode VIII’ and ‘Episode IX’ to emerge:
“We don’t write a treatment but there are countless times we came up with something and said ‘Oh, this would be so great for Episode VIII!’ or “Thats what we could get to in IX!’ It was just that kind of forward moving story.
But we knew this had to neither be a backwards moving nostalgic trip only nor a beginning of a movie without a satisfying conclusion, and that was part of the balancing act – embracing what we have inherited and using that where and whenever possible to tell a story that hasn’t been seen yet. We also knew that certain things were inevitable in our minds but that didn’t mean it would be inevitable for whoever came in next.”
Johnson met with Abrams to talk about what needs to be in both films to set things up properly. Turns out the pair didn’t alwats agree, but Abrams stands by that:
“[W]e met and talked with him about all the things we were working on and playing with, and he as a spectacular writer and director has taken those things and has written an AMAZING script that I think will be an incredible next chapter, some of which incorporating things we were thinking of and other things are things we could never of dreamed of.
There were a handful of things we talked about that were going to be helpful to him. Some were very easy to do, and some things were things that I didn’t want to do for other reasons, but I tried to be as accommodating as I could.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens worldwide on December 18th.