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If you ever wanted to listen to the directors of “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” and “Looper” talk about cinematic boners, today’s your lucky day. Ana Lily Amirpour and Rian Johnson discuss all that and more — namely, their upcoming films “The Bad Batch” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” respectively — on the latest episode of the Talkhouse Film Podcast. Amirpour gets quotable early on when she goes in depth about being excited for a project: “I’ll just be like, ‘I’ve got no boner,’ or like, ‘My boner is at half mast — something is wrong, this lens is wrong…’ And you’ve got to listen to the boner.”
That isn’t the only filmmaking metaphor she uses; “The Shawshank Redemption” comes into play as well: “I always say that making a film to me is like ‘The Shawshank Redemption.’ It’s like I’m Andy Dufresne, and thinking of the story and shooting is like coming up with plan and digging that tunnel, and it takes a lot of physical [effort] — you do it and get through it, and everything,” she continues.
“And then editing, to me, is crawling through that fucking tunnel. And you know that if it’s all as you [planned] … you’ll come out above ground and it will be raining and you’re eventually going to make it to Zihuatanejo.”
Johnson, meanwhile, invokes a far better movie when talking about his writing process for “The Last Jedi.” “What I did — because I was so petrified of pulling a ‘Barton Fink’ on this — I moved up to San Francisco and a couple times a week I would go in and just vomit out all the stuff I was working on, and we would just talk about it,” he says. “That just made me feel less alone, I guess.” Listen to the full episode below.
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- Michael Nordine
We are nearing the halfway point of 2017, and that means we are a mere six months away from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Originally, the movie was supposed to come out in May of this year, but Lucasfilm decided to bump that back, which may have been a good decision. One reason for that is that the movie still isn't done yet, but director Rian Johnson recently confirmed that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will wrap post-production this August.
The director was recently a guest on the Talk House Podcast and offered up the information without being probed about it. When asked what he hopes to do after Star Wars 8, he provided a timeline for his next project and, in that, he revealed when the movie will be totally done and in the can. Turns out, that will be in just a couple of months Here's what he had to say about it.
"Well, that's the thing, I've got, like, a couple idea that I've been working on. Pretty well-developed. I just gotta sit down and fuckin' write one of them. And I guess my pipe dream is...'Cause we're actually gonna be done with [The Last Jedi], if we stick to schedule, we're done with post-production, like, in August, and the movie doesn't come out 'till Christmas. So I'll have a couple months that I'm hoping, my pipe dream is I'll actually write one of these scripts."
This is interesting for a few reasons. For one, we now know when to expect Star Wars: The Last Jedi to be completely done. That means we will probably hear some buzz about early screenings, even if they are Lucasfilm and Disney only screenings that are behind closed doors, but those will be telling. There is also just the knowledge that the next chapter in the Skywalker saga will just be sitting there, waiting to be seen. It is also interesting that Rian Johnson's next project is going to be another original project, it sounds like. That should make anyone who has seen movies like Looper or Brick pretty happy.
It is also interesting to think about that original release timetable. Given how long the movie has been done with principal photography, it isn't as though Rian Johnson and everyone working on Star Wars: The Last Jedi couldn't have finished the movie on time, if pressed. But having that extra time, especially given the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher after production wrapped, was probably very beneficial. We'll have to wait and see how the movie turns out.
We'll have a slightly better idea in not too long, since another trailer for Star Wars 8 is on the way very shortly, probably at D23 or San Diego Comic-Con. Still, don't expect Lucasfilm and Rian Johnson to give away too much, as the new trailer is very short and they seem to be keeping this one especially under wraps, even for a Star Wars movie. In any case, we are one step closer to Star Wars: The Last Jedi being a reality. »
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 Howard, Joe Johnston, and the aforementioned Lawrence Kasdan. »
- Michael Briers
Back in April, during an interview at Star Wars Celebration, actor Mark Hamill made some controversial comments about director Rian Johnson, revealing that he "fundamentally disagreed" with everything the director decided about his iconic Luke Skywalker character. Many interpreted the actor's comments as criticism leveled against the director, in regards to his vision for the character. As it turns out, that couldn't be farther from the truth, with Mark Hamill recently clarifying those comments in a new interview. Here's what he had to say about his Star Wars: The Last Jedi director below.
"Rian Johnson is an amazing filmmaker, and if you look at Brick or Brothers Bloom or Looper, each film is different from the last one and they're so inventive. I think people will be pleased and surprised, I know I was. I got in trouble, because I was quoted as saying to Rian that I fundamentally disagree »
Back in April, Mark Hamill caused a bit of a stir when speaking about his upcoming role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, stating that: “I said to [director Rian Johnson], I think I fundamentally disagree with everything you’ve decided for me. Now having said that, I have to accept it, get my mind around it and do my best to realize your vision.”
As you’d expect, Hamill’s comments proved a tad controversial, and seemed to indicate that he wasn’t pleased about the way Luke is portrayed in the new movie. However, the actor has now clarified his remarks during an interview with Variety at the Tony Awards, revealing that he didn’t quite manage to get his intended point across.
“I got into trouble because… I was quoted as saying to Rian that I fundamentally disagree with everything you decided about Luke, and it was inartfully phrased. »
- Gary Collinson
On Friday, June 9th, Aaron B. Koontz’s Camera Obscura hits theaters before making its way onto VOD platforms everywhere just a few days later on the 13th. The psychological horror film stars Christopher Denham (Money Monster, The Bay), Nadja Bobyleva (Bridge of Spies), Noah Segan (Looper, Starry Eyes, Brick), and also features some other stellar supporting talent that should be familiar to genre fans, including Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End, Beyond the Gates), Andrew Sensenig (We Are Still Here), and Gretchen Lodge (Lovely Molly).
Daily Dead recently spoke to Segan about working on Camera Obscura with both Koontz and Denham, with whom he shares most of his scenes with. Segan also chatted about the privilege of being able to make movies with your friends, getting to be the “good guy,” and more.
Congrats on your impending fatherhood and getting married. Seems like you’ve got a lot »
- Heather Wixson
Ever the one to uphold an open dialogue with the Star Wars community via Twitter, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has addressed concerns that his forthcoming sci-fi sequel will repeat what has come before.
Citing those complaints levelled at The Force Awakens – many still begrudge J.J. Abrams’ franchise revival for paying homage (to the point that Disney’s 2015 blockbuster was derivative, perhaps?) to A New Hope – one Twitter user reached out to Johnson to ask straight up whether Star Wars: The Last Jedi will manage to side-step those same pitfalls. And though he’s unable to provide a detailed answer, lest he stray too far into spoiler territory, the Looper filmmaker offered up a refreshingly frank response.
In short: Johnson tackled those concerns head on, reminding “Concerned Fan 10” that he’s dedicated the past three years of his life to creating Star Wars: The Last Jedi to the best of his ability. »
- Michael Briers
As soon as The Force Awakens released, it was clear that Disney had big plans for the Star Wars franchise. The seventh entry into the saga was very much the start of a new chapter and contained many hints towards future plotlines to be further explored in the sequels. It’s surprising to learn, then, that there was no hard and fast masterplan for Star Wars: Episode VIII and IX in place at that stage.
The revelation comes courtesy of The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. After claiming that he was given a blank slate on the movie’s storyline last week, Johnson was asked on Twitter to clarify exactly how much freedom he had. In reply, he explained the following:
@Bogwing I’m sure they talked about where it might go early on, but when they came to me there was no mapped story presented beyond Tfa.
— Rian Johnson »
- Christian Bone
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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