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Rian Johnson Trusted His “Inner Fan” While Crafting Star Wars: The Last Jedi

17 August 2017 6:55 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ever since A New Hope first blasted onto the big screen 40 years ago, Star Wars has been capable of bringing out the inner child in us all. Be it the sweeping vistas of far-flung alien worlds or that by-now famous shot of Luke Skywalker gazing at the twin sunset aboard Tatooine, this is a franchise that means many things to many people, so it’s small wonder why Rian Johnson took a moment to let it all sink in upon signing on to direct Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Fast forward to now, and with only four months left until The Last Jedi‘s release, Johnson swung by The Star Wars Show (via THR) to discuss all things Episode VIII – within reason, of course.

The first port of call for the filmmaker was recounting the formative days during pre-production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, including what it was like »

- Michael Briers

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War For The Planet Of The Apes & The Rise & Rise Of Intelligent Sci-Fi

11 July 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Dave Roper

Science Fiction has been with us for as long as we’ve had cinema. Méliès made his Trip to the Moon, Lang built and displayed his dystopian Metropolis and Jules Verne’s rich science fiction novels fed into cinema’s early efforts to showcase the fantastical.

Thankfully, cinema’s relationship with science fiction has also generally proved to be intelligent and thought-provoking. Spectacle, as with the disaster epics of Irwin Allen’s 1970’s heyday, has always had its place, but alongside that films as diverse as Planet of the Apes, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Metropolis, Soylent Green and Invasion of the Body Snatchers gave us much to consider about human nature, society and our relationship with our fragile planet.

More recently, Independence Day, Armageddon, War of the Worlds, Mars Attacks, Men in Black and even more sci-fi inflected comic book entries like Guardians of the Galaxy, »

- Dave Roper

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Director Rian Johnson Retained Creative Control While Filming Star Wars: The Last Jedi

21 June 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Rian Johnson is a filmmaker who cut his teeth on crime drama (Brick) and caper comedy (The Brothers Bloom), along with top-tier television thanks to his celebrated work on multiple episodes of AMC’s Breaking Bad series. When pulled together, it makes for a remarkably diverse body of work, but it was ultimately Johnson’s lack of blockbuster experience that meant he was viewed as a curious choice to take on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Before plotting a course for Disney’s galaxy far, far away, the closest Rian Johnson had come to a big-budget science fiction pic was Looper, the criminally under-appreciated genre gem of 2012 starring Bruce Willis and Joesph Gordon-Levitt. But low and behold, Johnson is the one marshalling The Last Jedi toward its December 15th due date, and though one might assume that the Powers That Be would make their presence felt on set, the director took to Twitter (via Screen Rant) to reaffirm that he ostensibly retained full creative control over Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

That same issue of creative control reared its head late last night, when it was revealed that Disney had formally parted ways with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the erstwhile directors of the Han Solo Anthology movie. Subsequent reports have all but confirmed that Lord and Miller were fired after repeated clashes with screenwriters Jon and Lawrence Kasden concerning the tone and style of 2018’s Star Wars tentpole.

With The Last Jedi, it’s a little different in the sense that Rian Johnson is directing from his own script and here, the filmmaker stepped in to allay concerns over potential studio meddling:

I had as much creative control on Tlj as I've ever had on any of my own movies.

Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 21, 2017

Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15th, 2017. As for the Han Solo spinoff, Disney and Lucasfilm have drafted up a list of potential replacements, which purportedly includes Ron HowardJoe Johnston, and the aforementioned Lawrence Kasdan. »

- Michael Briers

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Rian Johnson Was Pretty Much Given A Blank Page With Star Wars: The Last Jedi

24 May 2017 4:45 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

I’ve been following the career of Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson ever since he made the astonishingly awesome Brick way back in 2005. That little indie high-school noir propelled him (and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt) onto bigger things, including twisty time-travel caper Looper and some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad (though we’ll conveniently forget about his sophomore feature The Brothers Bloom).

Having met the guy on one of his trips to London a couple of years ago, I can personally attest to Rian Johnson being a completely awesome human being. So, it was with a lot of excitement that I heard he’d gotten the Episode VIII directing gig: the plum job in science fiction cinema. But what I wasn’t expecting was just how much leeway Lucasfilm gave him with the material.

I’d assumed that these new Star Wars movies were essentially ‘director-for-hire, »

- David James

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Why Rian Johnson is Great for Star Wars

24 May 2017 8:54 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

For some, Rian Johnson is the director of the acclaimed hit Looper, which proved he was ready for the big league budget of Star Wars directing. But for others, Rian Johnson is one of the keepers of classic cinema, both in taste and style. Like Lucas before him, Johnson is an old school filmmaker working in a contemporary blockbuster setting. Rian Johnson is a perfect fit for Star Wars, and I’ll detail why in great, painful lengths. Rian Johnson is exactly what Star Wars needs right now.

               On October 30th, 2012 Disney announced they were acquiring Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and that there would be new Star Wars films every two to three years (that’s since changed). Just barely a month before, Rian Johnson’s film Looper was released wide in September to wide critical acclaim and instantly embraced by fans as a modern sci-fi classic. The first question in »

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Cast Smolders In Annie Liebovitz Cover Shoot

23 May 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Vanity Fair unveiled four stunning cover images today from the set of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” also known as Episode VIII.

From legendary photographer Annie Liebovitz, the the photos show the cast of the highly anticipated addition to the George Lucas universe gazing out intensely. The collaboration between Liebovitz, Vanity Fair, and “Star Wars” dates back to 1999’s “The Phantom Menace,” and she has photographed every subsequent film since. The full portfolio will be released online on Wednesday, but for now these four sneak peeks will have to do.

Vanity Fair’s first of four #StarWars covers features at least one Jedi—who may or may not be the last

— Vanity Fair (@VanityFair) May 23, 2017

The first image show Rey (Daisy Ridley) with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), gazing out from the cliffs of the planet Ahch-To, where the “The Force Awakens »

- Jude Dry

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Official: Rian Johnson's Episode VIII is Titled 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

23 January 2017 11:11 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Briefly: Lucasfilm has officially announced the new title of the next Star Wars movie - it will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This is the sequel to The Force Awakens, continuing the "Skywalker" storyline and following the characters introduced in that movie: Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren. The Last Jedi is directed by Rian Johnson (of Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper previously) and will open in theaters everywhere starting December 15th, 2017 at the end of this year. No other plot details have been revealed yet, but this is clearly the beginning of their major marketing push over the next 12 months. Fans have been quick to remind everyone that the plural of "jedi" is just "jedi", so this title doesn't mean there's only one. Beyond that, everything is speculation until the first trailer drops - which we hope is sooner than later. Can't wait! It's official. Star Wars: The Last Jedi »

- Alex Billington

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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Officially Named ‘The Last Jedi’

23 January 2017 8:36 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 2015, Walt Disney released “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens,” the first film in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy set 30 years after the events of the 1983 film “Return of the Jedi.” Though the franchise’s first stand-alone film “Rogue One” was released last year to decidedly mixed reviews, fans are awaiting any information about the next film in the official saga. Today, Disney officially released the name of the next film in the trilogy: “The Last Jedi.” It is written and directed by Rian Johnson and will be released this December.

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Rian Johnson has previously directed three feature films: “Brick,” a hardboiled detective story following high school students in a California suburb, which received the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival; “The Brothers Bloom,” about two con »

- Vikram Murthi

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