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Rian Johnson to Move Forward With His Star Wars Trilogy

Rian Johnson is going to move forward with his Star Wars trilogy. For those that have seen The Last Jedi, they are not looking forward to what Rian Johnson has in store. However, he does intend to keep the spirit of the classic franchise. One good thing about his upcoming trilogy is that it is not going to feature any familiar major characters. This means that he is not going to mess up anymore characterizations. One thing that is worth considering is that just because he did not handle the characters in a way that satisfied people in The Last Jedi does not mean that he is not going to come up with any good characters.

One thing that Rian Johnson is getting right is that the Star Wars universe expands far beyond the Skywalker line. There are tons of interesting potentials for stories. However, Rian Johnson has said that his goal is to capture how he felt as a kid watching the Star Wars movies for the first time. This could mean anything given that very little has been revealed about the project. One thing that can be certain is that Star Wars was not really a kid’s film when it was released.

Star Wars always had some dark themes and even gruesome imagery. The first Star Wars has shown charred bodies including bloody bones as well as dismembered limbs. As a matter of fact, Star Wars is known for having shots of limbs and other body parts being cut off. Even the PG rated movies were rather violent, but this was back when PG meant different. These days, PG is equivalent to a G rating. Also, PG rated movies had content that even PG-13 movies now shy away from.

As of right now, there is one movie left in the current trilogy, and J.J. Abrams is taking back the directors seat to hopefully fix up the mess that was made in The Last Jedi for the final installment in the trilogy.

Star Wars Legends Characters Soon to be Canon

More Legends Characters from Star Wars About to be Canonized

Star Wars fans may soon find themselves having something else to be excited about in the near future.

The LucasFilm Story Group offered something of a tease from one of its members that other characters who are part of “Star Wars Legends” may soon be re-canonized. As of now, director Ron Howard has made it clear that Tag and Bink, who are two of the many minor characters now in Legends, will be showing up in the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

With this in mind, fans are left to wonder how many other characters from the Legends continuity will be making their way back into canon. Leland Chee, a part of the LucasFilm Story Group, took to Twitter and explicitly stated that several different characters will be coming into the official canon in the upcoming months, suggesting that anything is on the table.

For a brief history lesson, it’s was back in 2014 that the Star Wars Expanded Universe as a whole was retconned and then renamed as “Legends.” This announcement came after Disney purchased LucasFilm back in 2012, all so the sequel trilogy could be made but with fresher ideas and concepts. In short, everything in the original six films and Star Wars: The Clone Wars was left as canon, everything else was written as part of Legends.

Needless to say, fans were not terribly appreciative of the move. The Expanded Universe was filled with decades worth of novels, video games and comic books, well beyond what was just seen in the movies, with thousands of years of history and some incredibly well-liked characters. All of that being wiped off the slate enraged a large portion of the fan base.

However, since the change to Legends, the LucasFilm Story Group, who is responsible for knowing what is canon, has repeatedly plucked from the Legends continuity for some new ideas for new Star Wars projects. Their biggest one was adding Grand Admiral Thrawn back into the canon via a major villain role in season three of Star Wars Rebels. Thrawn’s initial first appearance was in the 1991 novel Heir to the Empire.

Excitement Grows As “Star Wars” Questions Are Set To Be Answered

The release of a new “Star Wars” movie is always a moment for celebration among fans who often spend years awaiting the next installment of the record-breaking movie franchise. In 2017, the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a source of excitement among fans who are looking for a number of questions to be answered which were left unresolved by the last installment, “The Force Awakens”.

Despite the excellent box office and critical response to “The Force Awakens” many experts and fans have been looking back and hoping the next installment helmed by Rain Johnson to add a little more depth to the franchise after the fast pace of the last movie. The Guardian has produced a number of questions fans are hoping will be answered by “The Last Jedi” which were left open by J.J. Abrams 2015 movie which did not provide a large amount of backstory about a number of the main characters.

Fans of the franchise have recently been vocal about wanting to explore the background of the character, Rey who seemed to be one of the most powerful users of the force seen in the space opera series despite not receiving any training. Rey’s origin has become one of the most debated on message boards by fans who have been questioning her ancestry in a bid to explain strong powers and the fact she seemed to have a large amount of knowledge about the dark side of the force.

Another question fans are hoping will be answered is the background of Kylo Ren, played excellently by Adam Driver in “The Force Awakens”. Despite becoming an impressive villain from his first appearance in the movie, Driver’s character had a little backstory to explain why the son of two of the franchises iconic characters had turned to the dark side and the mysterious figure of Snook.

Excitement Grows As “Star Wars” Questions Are Set To Be Answered

The release of a new “Star Wars” movie is always a moment for celebration among fans who often spend years awaiting the next installment of the record-breaking movie franchise. In 2017, the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a source of excitement among fans who are looking for a number of questions to be answered which were left unresolved by the last installment, “The Force Awakens”.

Despite the excellent box office and critical response to “The Force Awakens” many experts and fans have been looking back and hoping the next installment helmed by Rain Johnson to add a little more depth to the franchise after the fast pace of the last movie. The Guardian has produced a number of questions fans are hoping will be answered by “The Last Jedi” which were left open by J.J. Abrams 2015 movie which did not provide a large amount of backstory about a number of the main characters.

Fans of the franchise have recently been vocal about wanting to explore the background of the character, Rey who seemed to be one of the most powerful users of the force seen in the space opera series despite not receiving any training. Rey’s origin has become one of the most debated on message boards by fans who have been questioning her ancestry in a bid to explain strong powers and the fact she seemed to have a large amount of knowledge about the dark side of the force.

Another question fans are hoping will be answered is the background of Kylo Ren, played excellently by Adam Driver in “The Force Awakens”. Despite becoming an impressive villain from his first appearance in the movie, Driver’s character had a little backstory to explain why the son of two of the franchises iconic characters had turned to the dark side and the mysterious figure of Snook.

New Star Wars Director Hints At Hidden Gem

The newly announced director of the upcoming, Star Wars 8: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, has publicly teased that he has included a small reference within the latest film in the franchise to one of his earlier projects. Johnson, a very accomplished film maker who garnered a great deal of notoriety for the hyper-low budget film Brick (which seemed to thrive off the lack of cash cows by utilizing the mundane in a theatrical, surrealist fashion) has no shortage of previous material which may or may not show up in the latest Lucas installment.

In addition to Mr. Johnson’s previously mentioned debut, Brick, he has also directed, eccentric caper comedy, The Brothers Bloom and the sci-fi action shooter, Looper. On Mr. Rian’s Twitter account, in a conversation with a fan Rian confirmed what many had been suspecting when wrote: There is a tiny, tiny, tiny Brick nod. Tiny.

Anyone who has previously seen any of Rian’s other films will know that he likes to reuse actors who had played taken up lead roles in earlier films as bit players for cameos. But one of the central “characters” in Brick was not a person but the brick of drugs for which the film got its name (it was never really said what kind of drug it was).

That being said, Fans of the 2005 crime thriller should definitely keep their eyes peeled for white chalky bricks of peculiar looking stuff or perhaps for Joseph Gorden Levitt who took the lead in the previously mentioned film.

Romance Not Central to Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi

Rian Johnson has revealed one of the ways that The Last Jedi is going to be different from all of the other movies in the Star Wars saga is how it handles romance. While romance was a key theme in all of the other movies, the new series of episodes is not going to have any obvious romantic entanglements. There is not going to be anything that resembles a Han and Leia couple. It has already been established that Rey and Finn are not a couple even though that long hug going towards the climax might have teased things going in that direction.

 

Instead, the upcoming Star Wars film is going to focus on the companionship as they fight to bring down the first order. There are also going to be other ways that the Star Wars film is going to be different. For one thing, there is going to be a huge change to the narrative. Another thing is that it is rumored to be the darkest of the Star Wars films yet. In other words, it is even darker than The Empire Strikes Back and Revenge of the Sith combined. Either way, people are going to get a new experience with Star Wars that does not involve any of the slapstick or corniness of the prequels.

 

One thing that is hopeful is that they are going to do something similar with the marketing campaign that they did with The Force Awakens. They just show some great scenes without giving away the story. This is one thing that marketers should do with films more often. However, too many films even spoil the twist at the climax. Among the guilty parties is the Terminator franchise which has been spoiling viewers since Terminator 2.

 

There are already plans to film the Ninth Star Wars episode on January which is a month after the release of The Last Jedi which is hoping to be a really big event for the audience.

 

Official Title For Star Wars Episode VIII Released

Episode VIII in the Star Wars Saga has recently completed production. However, there has been one interesting issue when it comes to the release of the movie. There has been no release of the official title for Episode VIII. There hasn’t even been any type of development of news even with the release of Rogue One. Finally, the official title of Episode VIII is The Last Jedi. This title already inspires a lot of curiosity for the upcoming film. Among the things that people are wondering is what is going to happen with some of the key characters, particularly Luke Skywalker.

 

It has already been established that this is going to be the darkest movie yet in the franchise. This means that it could even be darker than Rogue One. There have been worries that they were working to lighten the tone in Rogue One. However, the final reports of reshoots have revealed that the original version of the movie was actually a lot lighter in tone than what was finally released. One thing that should be considered is that even though Star Wars is considered a movie for the family, it is a franchise that delves into dark territory. The first Star Wars film released back in 1977 was actually pretty dark in some points with disturbing and violent imagery. It was not until The Phantom Menace that Star Wars actually became a little to kid oriented. Even then, it has darkened back up with Attack of the Clones.

 

It does look like The Last Jedi is going to go in a different direction. There is going to be a lot of speculation on the meaning of the title. However, one thing is certain. People are going to have to wait until December to see the next film. Also, it is only a matter of time before there is a teaser. Hopefully, they take a similar approach to The Force Awakens when it comes to advertising.

 

Star Wars: Apparent Repeat

Among the many things that are common in the Hollywood industry are remakes. In recent years, there have been mostly remakes. Although it can be argued that there is literally no originality since every story has been told, there is a difference between an attempt at being new and different as opposed to going for the tried and true formula. While there are blatant remakes that don’t hide the fact that they are remakes, there are films that are marketed as sequels and are technically sequels given the setting and universe of the film, but at its heart is actually a remake (Escape From L.A. comes to mind). However, one of the recent remakes is Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

While Star Wars is often thought about as original by people who just skim the surface, The Force Awakens is actually more or less a remake of the 1977 classic. While it has been marketed as a sequel trilogy picking some 30 years after Return of the Jedi, it is basically a retelling of the original movie with different characters and the old characters taking a back seat. However, there are reasons for this.

 

When the prequels came out, there was no attempt to remake the first movie with Episode I even though it was that movie that got people into the Star Wars franchise. George Lucas has decided to take the saga in a different direction with different narratives. There was nothing familiar about the universe other than some of the characters and the iconic opening. However, since the movies weren’t so well received, the creators of the new trilogy have decided to try and go back to movie that was well received. However, fans weren’t totally pleased with this one either. However, episode VIII is very likely to take this saga in a new direction.

 

One of the reasons that they went with the direction that they did in The Force Awakens is to reintroduce people to what they loved about Star Wars. This seems to have meant telling practically the same story and trying to recapture the essence of Star Wars. It worked well enough in that it brought forth enough profits to go forward with the next episode in the saga.

Star Wars: Apparent Repeat

Among the many things that are common in the Hollywood industry are remakes. In recent years, there have been mostly remakes. Although it can be argued that there is literally no originality since every story has been told, there is a difference between an attempt at being new and different as opposed to going for the tried and true formula. While there are blatant remakes that don’t hide the fact that they are remakes, there are films that are marketed as sequels and are technically sequels given the setting and universe of the film, but at its heart is actually a remake (Escape From L.A. comes to mind). However, one of the recent remakes is Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

While Star Wars is often thought about as original by people who just skim the surface, The Force Awakens is actually more or less a remake of the 1977 classic. While it has been marketed as a sequel trilogy picking some 30 years after Return of the Jedi, it is basically a retelling of the original movie with different characters and the old characters taking a back seat. However, there are reasons for this.

 

When the prequels came out, there was no attempt to remake the first movie with Episode I even though it was that movie that got people into the Star Wars franchise. George Lucas has decided to take the saga in a different direction with different narratives. There was nothing familiar about the universe other than some of the characters and the iconic opening. However, since the movies weren’t so well received, the creators of the new trilogy have decided to try and go back to movie that was well received. However, fans weren’t totally pleased with this one either. However, episode VIII is very likely to take this saga in a new direction.

 

One of the reasons that they went with the direction that they did in The Force Awakens is to reintroduce people to what they loved about Star Wars. This seems to have meant telling practically the same story and trying to recapture the essence of Star Wars. It worked well enough in that it brought forth enough profits to go forward with the next episode in the saga.

The Return of Star Wars, Too Much Too Soon?

Just a few months away from the release of “Rogue One”, the first in Disney’s new series of “Star Wars Story” films, production is already well under way on a third anthology installment. According to a recent statement by Disney CEO Bob Iger, the currently unnamed film has a writer attached, drafting a script as we speak. Faith in the “Star Wars” brand should come as no surprise after the massive success of 2015’s “The Force Awakens”, but is there a risk of over-saturation?

With two more films in-progress before the first has even released, one has to wonder how popular these “Star Wars” anthology films will actually be. Promotional material for “Rogue One” has certainly been met with positive responses, but it’s no doubt that Disney won’t be expecting a “Force Awakens” level hit. With as much of a driving force as simple name recognition can be, “Rogue One” will have to deal with the fact that it lacks many of the characters and story beats people have come to expect. Through all its high and low points the, main “Star Wars” story has made each new film an event in its own right, something I can see diminishing if audiences are expected to see a spin-off every year.

The idea of an annual movie schedule has had recent luck, admittedly, with Disney and Marvel Studios’ “Marvel Cinematic Universe”, possibly contributing to the company’s confidence in its other franchises. A key difference though, I feel, is the wildly varying nature of the Marvel movies we’ve seen so far. Marvel Studios can get away with one or even two movies a year, but each film more often than not falls under a wildly different genre and storytelling style, despite the common “superhero movie” branding. The world of “Star Wars” is no less large or open for exploration than Marvel’s, but the sci-fi/fantasy nature of its setting will be hard to escape.

Speculation aside, the public reaction to “Rogue One” will be the true indicator of what’s to come. The previously-mentioned “superhero movies” haven’t lost steam after several years, so maybe there is just enough love for “Star Wars” to last forever.