Johnson On “Star Wars” Freedom & Pre-Planning

Though Rian Johnson is rumored to be in contention to helm the ninth official saga film in the “Star Wars” series, the filmmaker is currently busy putting the finishing touches on the eighth – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” which opens in December.

Speaking with Empire ahead of the film’s release, Johnson says despite the big budget and company structure, he feels he had plenty of freedom and openness whilst working on the title:

“I was terrified coming into this that I was gonna be like Barton Fink and have a script that was due six months ago and I’m still on page three writing about fishmongers. But it’s the most fun I’ve ever had writing something.

The whole experience was incredible: just tapping into my ten-year-old self. Even though it’s Star Wars, the whole thing has felt bizarrely similar to my experience making Looper or Brick or The Brothers Bloom.”

He also discussed future planning of the franchise, saying that these films aren’t as mapped out as many think:

“The perception of these films is that they’re all planned out on a secret sheet of paper in advance, but that’s just not the case. I wasn’t given an outline of where it goes or even a list of things to hit. It really was just, ‘Okay, what’s next?'”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in regular and IMAX theaters on December 15th.