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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
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 »
- email@example.com (Collin Llewellyn)
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 https://t.co/kH0AbuNcx0 pic.twitter.com/uwHUDpWXow
— Vanity Fair (@VanityFair) May 23, 2017
- Jude Dry
Slowly but surely, we are making our way to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We finally got a little bit of footage and information about the movie from Star Wars Celebration last month, but we probably are going to only get sparse updates until much closer to the release of the movie. So, we will have to rely on speculation and other such stuff to get us by. For now, you can check out this really fun retro style trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to help tide you over.
The folks over at ScreenCrush put together this retro trailer for Star Wars 8, which is imagining what it might look like if the movie were released in 1983. Since that is the year that Star Wars: Return of the Jedi came out, they decided to make use of some footage from a trailer for that movie, mixed »
We recently got our first good look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi when the teaser trailer for the sequel was released. Since then, things have been a little quiet, and there are some things that were absent from the trailer. We got one, lonely shot of Kylo Ren and that left us to wonder what he will be up to in Star Wars 8. His mission may be a little unclear, but we do know that he is going to be flying around in a fancy new Tie Fighter, which we now have our very first look at.
As is often the case, this first look at Kylo Ren's new Tie Fighter didn't come directly from anyone at Lucasfilm. Instead, it comes in the form of a Hot Wheels toy, which showed up as a pre-order listing on a German hobby website called Mikado. Much like his more famous grandfather, »
In 2014 Star Wars fans got some bombshell news. J.J. Abrams would not be returning to the franchise after The Force Awakens. Looper director Rian Johnson was taking up the mantle to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. And not only that, but Johnson was also going to write the treatment for Episode IX. That was encouraging news. Changing director wasn't really huge news considering each film of the original trilogy was directed by someone different. But Johnson's involvement in both VIII and IX made it seem like a grand plan for where the story was going had emerged. Sadly, however, it turns out that's not the case. There most likely is indeed a grand plan in place (Lucasfilm has an entire division devoted to just keeping track of where Star Wars, from movies to games to...
- Peter Hall
Back in June 2014 when it was first announced that Rian Johnson had signed on to write and direct the now-titled Star Wars: Episode VIII, it was also said that the Looper director would also provide a treatment for the final chapter of the Sequel Trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX.
Well, it seems that plans have changed since then, as Johnson has confirmed on Twitter that he’s had no involvement with the writing of Episode IX:
@mattpeto That's old info, I haven't been involved in writing IX.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) April 24, 2017
So, it looks like the task of writing Episode IX has fallen solely on the shoulders of Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World scribes Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Trevorrow of course is directing the film, which will reportedly begin production
- Gary Collinson
Soon after the dust settled from The Force Awakens, and the Internet slowly began to pull itself together once more, J.J. Abrams was quoted as saying that the screenplay for The Last Jedi – then known as simply Star Wars: Episode VIII – was so good, so compelling, that he wish he had the chance to direct December’s upcoming sequel himself.
Of course, that onus has since been placed on Rian Johnson, director of Looper, Brick and various episodes of Breaking Bad. And though early rumors claimed Johnson had a hand in writing the script for Star Wars: Episode IX, the filmmaker took to Twitter earlier this week to set the record straight. First spotted by Cbm, one curious fan asked Rian Johnson if he penned an early treatment for Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow – the creative driving force behind Episode IX – to which he replied:
@mattpeto That's old info, »
- Michael Briers
Just a few years ago, it felt like Bruce Willis was heading into serious comeback territory: the “Red” franchise had proved a surprise hit, and he won some of the best reviews of his career for the one-two punch of “Looper” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” working with two of the most acclaimed directors around with Rian Johnson and Wes Anderson.
- The Playlist
The stars of yesterday now are making three films a year you never knew existed until they show up on Netflix.^ Real Movie ^
In my prior life as a script reader, I certainly read a lot of bad scripts, but at times, an even more common occurrence was a script that seemed to do a great many things right, but somehow fell just short of being something you wanted to champion as a movie. As draining as the terrible scripts were, there’s something pure about clear-cut bad. It takes little effort to explain why they’re unfit.
The real challenges were the scripts that had kind of a decent premise, kind of an okay twist or two, and a lead character who wasn’t bad so much as he or she was just… there. The raw materials are there for what Could be a script. They just happen to be assembled in the least compelling way »
- The Bitter Script Reader
Rian Johnson (Looper) directs the follow-up to J.J. Abrams' franchise re-starter, The Force Awakens. We liked the Force Awakens enough, but all agreed with Marina that it played it safe, hewing a bit to closely to the originally trilogy's tropes to ensure everyone had something to enjoy.
Many fans who came away feeling the same way all seem to have the same expectation that Johnson will take the Star Wars story into all new, unexpected places. We'll [Continued ...] »
With the exception of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the opening crawl has been an iconic fixture of the Star Wars universe ever since the words “it is a period of civil war” preceded A New Hope almost 40 years ago. That legacy will continue through the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December and sure enough, writer-director Rian Johnson touched base on the sequel’s opening during Celebration this past weekend.
Even if it picks up right where the last one left off, there’s still a lot of unanswered questions about what the state of everything is. We were able to fill three paragraphs.
Two years ago, The Force Awakens opened with the rather »
- Michael Briers
At long last, the much-anticipated first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now arrived. Courtesy of the big 40th anniversary Star Wars Celebration happening in Orlando this weekend, the panel for the upcoming Episode VIII gave us our first look at the next chapter in the saga, and boy was it exciting.
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver and the rest of the cast will be back in action for this second entry in the rebooted trilogy, while Looper director Rian Johnson will take over the reigns from The Force Awakens‘ J.J. Abrams. Up until now, we’ve known very little about what the film would consist of – apart from any fan theories we could come up with – but now, we can finally begin to start piecing together the plot before The Last Jedi arrives this December.
So, what did the trailer teach us about the movie? »
- Christian Bone
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson has revealed the name of a new planet which premiered earlier today in the teaser trailer released at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida (and on the internet). The name of the new planet is “Crait.” “It’s way out there. It’s uncharted,” Johnson told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a mineral planet and so there are mines on it,” he explained. The director (previously best known for “Brick” and “Looper”) said there are some “beautiful design elements” present on Crait, some of which are seen in the new trailer. “I hope some really unique ones. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Day 2 of Star Wars Celebration kicked off with the highly-anticipated Last Jedi panel, which, as expected, debuted the first trailer for this epic sci-fi sequel. Director Rian Johnson and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy were on hand, along with some "surprise" guests including Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn) and franchise newcomer Kelly Marie Tran (Rose). Along with the trailer, fans also got their first look at the new poster, but that's not all. Throughout the panel, director Rian Johnson also debuted his own personal behind-the-scenes photos, which you can see below.
While Rian Johnson and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy didn't give any context behind most of these images, for many of these photos, it's not necessarily needed. However, the director did explain that he used his own personal camera to snap several black-and-white pictures from the set, with the director unveiling these Star Wars set photos »
Well hello there, beautiful.
Hark! Is that the sound of lightsabers I hear? Yes, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally arrived. During the panel at this year’s 40th Anniversary Star Wars Celebration, President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy, director Rian Johnson, and cast members of The Last Jedi revealed the first footage of the new film. For those unfamiliar with Johnson, the director of Looper, this entry of the new series might be most anticipated of them all.
Thanks to some toy reveals earlier this year, we know that Rey, Finn, and Poe will be back in action. It also stands to reason that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) will play a much more prominent role in the story going forward, at least that is what Kennedy said during the The Last Jedi panel. While not too much of the actual story has been revealed Daisy Ridley, who »
- Max Covill
Unless you’ve been hiding in a galaxy far, far away, you probably heard that a new “Star Wars” trailer has dropped. Forty years into the most spectacular blockbuster franchise of all time, it’s hard to imagine a sneak peek into the universe generating anything less than religious fervor from its rabid fanbase, which is all the more reason to scrutinize this uniformly embraced nugget of sights and sounds for what it’s really doing.
The stars making publicity rounds at the Star Wars Celebration event in Florida could have blurted random “Star Wars” terms and found themselves showered with cheers. (“Stormtrooper!” “Yoda!”) At this point, it’s almost too easy for Disney to drive hysteria surrounding the latest entry in the current trilogy, “The Last Jedi.” After all, nobody’s seen “The Last Jedi,” and millions of people can’t wait to do just that, so even a »
- Eric Kohn
The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally here!
The highly anticipated first look was shown to lucky fans (many of whom camped overnight to get inside) during the Episode VIII panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando on Friday morning.
We get a few cinematic glimpses at the new film, which seems to have a darker tone. "It's time for the Jedi to end," Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) says forebodingly at the end of the trailer.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will pick back up directly where we left off from Episode VII: The Force Awakens, with Luke and Rey (Daisy Ridley) meeting on a cliffside. Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) will also continue their journey in the next chapter of the saga -- as well as carry on the legacy of Carrie Fisher, who finished »
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Coming to us by way of io9, the wonderfully diverse collection of pictures is designed to take you behind the scenes, where we see Johnson enjoying some candid moments with the late, great Carrie Fisher. Those who have followed the filmmaker’s work through Breaking Bad and Looper will know that Rian Johnson tends to keep his personal camera handy at all times, and the result is a treasure trove of Star Wars goodies. Bear in mind that these are screenshots pulled from this morning’s presentation – one which finally heralded the launch of The Last Jedi‘s scintillating first trailer – so »
- Michael Briers
The wait is almost over for the next instalment of the third Star Wars trilogy. Episode 8 is due to hit cinemas world-wide this December, directed by Rian Johnson who previously brought us stylistic and mind-bending sci-fi hit Looper. To whet our appetites before the film’s release, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has now dropped, check it out below:
‘The Jedi must end’. They are the final words spoken by Luke Skywalker at the end of the trailer, but what do they mean? Has Luke decided that the Jedi are a lost cause, that the Jedi Order cannot work anymore? Or has years of isolation brought him too close to the Dark Side? We’ve only got 8 more months to wait to find out, and there’s bound to be more footage teased along the way.
But, for those worried that the new trailer may already tease too much, »
- Kat Hughes
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