By now, most of those who have already seen the latest installment of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” can agree that this installment has successfully rebooted the franchise, thanks to director J. J. Abrams. However, as it is common knowledge that “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be will be written and directed by Rian Johnson, many have been wondering how Abrams feels about this.
“Looper” director Rian Johnson will have some big shoes to fill in, especially as writer, producer, and director J.J. Abrams will be entrusting the next installment of the “Star Wars” franchise to him. After all, Abrams managed to reboot and revitalize the film franchise, and laid the groundwork for the upcoming two films.
Since the sequel trilogy will be weaving one continuous story, it is not surprising that Slash Film, who recently interviewed LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Abrams, has confirmed that Johnson and Abrams have been meeting a lot about what will be happening next in “Episode VIII”.
According to the interview, the two talked about ideas and concepts that were introduced in “The Force Awakens”, and which would help Johnson in directing the next installment.
Abrams, however, has praised Johnson’s script, and called it “amazing”, which means that the “Star Wars” universe is in very capable hands.
For those who are still in doubt, Abram’s good friend, actor Greg Grunberg, who appeared in “The Force Awakens”, shed a little bit more light on how Abrams feels about Johnson’s script.
According to a recent interview that the actor had with The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna, Abrams had told Grunberg, in an almost regretful tone, that he wished that he was the one who had written the script for “Episode VIII”. The only reason why he said this was because he feels that the script is “so good”.
And this is high praise coming from the creator of “Lost”, as Grunberg claims that this is only around the second time that Abrams has expressed regret like that regarding a project.
According to Slash Film’s interview with LucasFilm president Kennedy, Abrams’ involvement with the next two movies will be minimal, as he will be helping produce “Episode VIII” and “Episode IX”.
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