There aren’t too many franchises that are treated with as much secrecy as Star Wars. Everything is kept under tight wraps. But accidental leaks happen, and it turns out that all of the secrets were almost available for the highest bidder.
Kicking off even more coverage of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, director J.J. Abrams sat down for a brief chat about the movie. During the interview, he revealed that one of the film’s stars accidentally lost the film’s entire script, and it ended up for bid on eBay. Read More »
One of the chief complaints from some Star Wars fans since the beginning of the new trilogy has been how quickly and easily our new hero Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) seems to have gotten a grasp on using the Force with no training. The term “Mary Sue” has been thrown around when describing Rey’s journey in the Force so far, labeling the character as being too perfect of a hero, unjustly made to be super-skilled as a mechanic, a combat fighter, a pilot and, of course, extremely Force sensitive. But according to The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams, there’s a reason for that. Read More »
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Colin Trevorrow was going to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, but then it all fell apart. Trevorrow either walked away amicably or was fired, depending on who you believe. In any case, he’s gone – but his presence will still be felt in The Rise of Skywalker. Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly will both have a “story by” credit on the film, which means a large part of the film’s story was taken from whatever Trevorrow and Connolly came up with. While we don’t know what Trevorrow deserves credit for yet, here’s something he definitely had nothing to do with: the return of the Emperor. Trevorrow himself says that idea was all J.J. Abrams.
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George Lucas giving up Star Wars in his sale of Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company in 2012 was undoubtedly a difficult thing for him to do. It probably got significantly harder when he learned that producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, and writer Michael Arndt would not be following the new trilogy storyline he charted out long before the sale took place. So no one was surprised to hear that George Lucas was disappointed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but director J.J. Abrams says he doesn’t take it personally. And despite not having the same story Lucas envisioned for the future of Star Wars, he still made an effort to “adhere to some fundamental aspects of the story” after meeting with Lucas before The Rise of Skywalker. Read More »
J.J. Abrams really wants you to understand that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the end. Is it the end of Star Wars? No, of course not. But it is the end of the Skywalker Saga – the saga that encompasses nine films total. And when it comes to Skywalker, Abrams wanted to make sure he provided not just a good final film, but a satisfying conclusion to the saga as a whole. In two new interviews, Abrams hammers home how conclusive and satisfying he hopes this will end up being.
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The Star Wars saga began back in 1977 with the release of a blockbuster the likes of which audiences had never seen before. The story began with Luke Skywalker fulfilling a destiny that had been set in motion years before. We backtracked to those origins as his father Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. And now we find ourselves at the end with a new story where Kylo Ren, formerly Ben Solo, has to contend with the rise of the light side of the Force in the form of a mysteriously powerful girl named Rey.
Because of this legacy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has a lot riding on it. So it should please fans that despite having three fewer months of post-production on this movie than The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams feels much better about this final installment of the Skywalker saga than he did about the beginning of this new trilogy at the same point in production. Find out what the director is willing to reveal about the movie, and also hear what stars Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega have to say about where we find our heroes in this final chapter. Read More »
With just one month to go until Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters, the publicity blitz for the final chapter of the Skywalker saga is really heating up. Director J.J. Abrams and the key cast members have been featured in various interviews across the web, and little details of what fans can expect from the end of the primary Star Wars saga have been coming to the surface.
Unfortunately, the late Carrie Fisher can’t be part of these proceedings. The Star Wars legend has been said to get sent off in “a really beautiful way,” and if J.J. Abrams is to be believed, the passing of Carrie Fisher didn’t have an impact on the story they would have crafted for General Leia Organa. That’s interesting, because it appears to be in direct opposition to what Colin Trevorrow said when he was still attached to direct the sequel. Read More »
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be arriving in theaters in just over a month, and it’s been a long road to get there. Not only did the Skywalker saga begin all the way back in 1977, but the road to getting just this final chapter done was certainly not an easy one.
Director Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly were previously attached to finish this new trilogy of Star Wars movies, but they ended up parting ways with Lucasfilm in September of 2017. That left the door open for J.J. Abrams to return to the franchise and finish what he started with The Force Awakens. Though Abrams has talked about the challenge of crafting this final chapter from scratch, the final writing credits from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) may indicate otherwise. Read More »
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Even though George Lucas sold Lucasfilm and all of the company’s properties to The Walt Disney Company back in 2012, the creator of Star Wars has still been very influential in the creation of new movies, TV shows and more. Not only have creators at Lucasfilm tried to emulate the spirit and style of what George Lucas created back in 1977, but Lucas himself has met with plenty of writers, directors and artists to talk more about the galaxy that came from his imagination. Therefore it should come as no surprise that J.J. Abrams talked to George Lucas about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but what might be somewhat surprising is that their discussion turned to Midi-chlorians, perhaps the most divisive element introduced in the prequel trilogy. Read More »
There’s a lot of pressure on J.J. Abrams to not only finish the final chapter of this new Star Wars trilogy but bring an end to the entire Skywalker saga that began all the way back in 1977. It’s a Herculean task for a fanbase that has proven to be rather divisive in recent years, especially since the franchise started to appeal to people other than grown men desperate to hang on to the nostalgia of their childhood. But rather than take The Rise of Skywalker back to the safe place where The Force Awakens began by not veering too far from the structure and style of the original trilogy, J.J. Abrams said he felt “freer” and more “daring” on the new film, and that’s thanks to The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Read More »