December 25 2015

Star Wars trilogy story is in flux

Star Wars: The Force Awakens set up a lot of questions, but the answers may still be in flux.

As the latest film in the Star Wars saga speeds towards $1B in global box office in record time, what happens in Episode VIII and Episode IX is still a bit of a question mark it seems. Speaking with The Los Angeles Times, Force Awakens co-writer Lawrence Kasdan explained that nothing is set in stone at this point.

Not really. [The Force Awakens] sets up a lot of stuff. There’s a lot of people to deal with. And Rian [Johnson, director of  Star Wars: Episode VIII] took on that job and he’s going to change it, because he’s Rian. And I’m sure Colin [Trevorrow, director of Star Wars: Episode IX] will change what Rian does…These movies will all be so different. Rian Johnson is a friend of mine – he’s going to make some weird thing. If you’ve seen Rian’s work, you know it’s not going be like anything that’s ever been in ‘Star Wars.’

We talked about [the ending] – and there’s a certain thing that people who are involved with it feel should happen. There’s a kind of movement that happens. But it’s not in your control. It’s going to veer off with Rian, and it’s going to veer off another way with Colin.

That sound you just heard was me deflating. While I understand directors wanting to put their mark on a project, when you’re dealing with a series like this it’s best to have a very clear roadmap from the beginning with distinct signposts for major events. You can get around this by fudging a bit between signposts, but those milestones must be hit for the story to be cohesive and make sense. Hopefully this is actually what is happening and it’s not just some massive free-for-all.

I enjoyed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hopefully I can say the same with the next two films in the trilogy.

Source: The Los Angeles Times .

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