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Adam Driver says that Rian Johnson's Episode VIII script is really great

03.29.2016

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Production on STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII is well underway and although the cast and crew obviously can't say much about the next installment of the STAR WARS sequel trilogy, we've heard nothing but good things so far. Rian Johnson (LOOPER) will be taking over directing duties from J.J. Abrams for the sequel as well as penning the script, and Adam Driver recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly during a special screening of MIDNIGHT SPECIAL and was asked to compare Abrams and Johnson.

Their temperaments are different, I feel like there was so many moving pieces in the first one – just trying to solve it and set the vocabulary for what it was. There’s a lot of that anxiety is gone, because people have developed a language. I think it’s more of a testament to Rian coming into something very established and making it [his own]. I can’t wait to get on set, just because he’s so unassuming and intelligent and approachable. The script they’ve come up with is really great.

Now that STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has been met with a fairly positive reaction (and a $2 billion box-office doesn't hurt either) it must be nice for the cast and crew to settle in to their roles knowing that they're on the right track. While Adam Driver claims that the films success hasn't changed him, he admits that his Christmases are a lot easier now given the amount of STAR WARS merchandise he's sent. Driver also said that his appeal among children has gone up, saying "I feel like before parents kept me away from their kids; now it’s like, go get a picture.” When it comes to the plot of the upcoming film, Adam Driver couldn't give away much other than joking that "they're still at war. It's still Star Wars, they're not as peace."

STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII is set for a December 15, 2017 release, but Adam Driver's most recent film is Jeff Nichols' MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, which is now playing in limited release. You can read a review of MIDNIGHT SPECIAL by our own JimmyO right here.

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2:22PM on 03/30/2016
Can this site stop it with these "news" stories about so and so saying the project they are currently working on or about to release is great. Call me when someone says their work is shit and they can't wait to get it over with. That's news.
Can this site stop it with these "news" stories about so and so saying the project they are currently working on or about to release is great. Call me when someone says their work is shit and they can't wait to get it over with. That's news.
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4:32AM on 03/30/2016

Yeahhhh

It's not like he's going to say it's bad. And they said TFA script was great as well beforehand..
It's not like he's going to say it's bad. And they said TFA script was great as well beforehand..
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8:40AM on 03/30/2016
I agree that he wouldn't say it was bad, but I have to strongly disagree with the foolish thought that you are implying with the end of your comment...
I agree that he wouldn't say it was bad, but I have to strongly disagree with the foolish thought that you are implying with the end of your comment...
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3:54AM on 03/30/2016
Excited for Episode 8!!
Excited for Episode 8!!
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2:16AM on 03/30/2016

I want Rey to be the daughter of Palpatine or Snoke

I think it would be particularly awesome if she were Palpatine's daughter. They could lead us to believe she's Luke or Han's daughter all the way til the end when BAM it turns out Luke learned she was Palpatines daughter and brainwashed her to hide the truth. If she then turned evil and replaced Kylo Ren as Snoke's apprentice, it would be even better. Kylo should turn good while Rey turns bad.
I think it would be particularly awesome if she were Palpatine's daughter. They could lead us to believe she's Luke or Han's daughter all the way til the end when BAM it turns out Luke learned she was Palpatines daughter and brainwashed her to hide the truth. If she then turned evil and replaced Kylo Ren as Snoke's apprentice, it would be even better. Kylo should turn good while Rey turns bad.
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9:09AM on 03/30/2016
That idea would work better if she were Snoke's daughter. The logistics don't work for her to be Palpatine's daughter. Rey is in her early 20's, TFA was set about 30 years after ROTJ. There's at least a 5-10 year gap between Palpatine's death and Rey's birth. And we still have so much to learn about Snoke that anything is possible...
That idea would work better if she were Snoke's daughter. The logistics don't work for her to be Palpatine's daughter. Rey is in her early 20's, TFA was set about 30 years after ROTJ. There's at least a 5-10 year gap between Palpatine's death and Rey's birth. And we still have so much to learn about Snoke that anything is possible...
12:45AM on 03/30/2016

Well duh

What's he going to do, say it sucks?
What's he going to do, say it sucks?
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8:35PM on 03/29/2016

I still want the mind-f#ck version.....

I want Rey to get turned evil by Snoke, a disillusioned Kylo to be recruited by Luke, then the last episode to be an all out light saber war where the good guys really are the underdogs!

I can live with whatever they decide to do, but that would be the coolest way to turn this franchise on it's head and make it unpredictable again.
I want Rey to get turned evil by Snoke, a disillusioned Kylo to be recruited by Luke, then the last episode to be an all out light saber war where the good guys really are the underdogs!

I can live with whatever they decide to do, but that would be the coolest way to turn this franchise on it's head and make it unpredictable again.
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8:28PM on 03/29/2016

Was always more excited for VIII

Johnson's short but impressive track record and vision made me excited for his Star Wars entry more than any other project announced. I'm so happy he's not only directing but he's also writing the thing. Like others have said, I'm more concerned about IX because of Trevorrow. I just didn't like Jurassic World and there was nothing special in terms of style.
Johnson's short but impressive track record and vision made me excited for his Star Wars entry more than any other project announced. I'm so happy he's not only directing but he's also writing the thing. Like others have said, I'm more concerned about IX because of Trevorrow. I just didn't like Jurassic World and there was nothing special in terms of style.
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2:29AM on 03/30/2016
Agreed, but Trevorrow's can't be any worse than a film that's a carbon copy of the original i.e. TFA being ANH. I think he'll be ok as there'll be too many producers etc looking over his neck and with Johnson's script will guide him. But yes, EpVIII should be the highlight.
Agreed, but Trevorrow's can't be any worse than a film that's a carbon copy of the original i.e. TFA being ANH. I think he'll be ok as there'll be too many producers etc looking over his neck and with Johnson's script will guide him. But yes, EpVIII should be the highlight.
8:11PM on 03/29/2016

Sure Episode VIII will be great...worried about Episode IX

The only thing that gives me pause concerning the new Star Wars trilogy is Trevorrow directing Episode IX. Hopefully he pulls it off.
The only thing that gives me pause concerning the new Star Wars trilogy is Trevorrow directing Episode IX. Hopefully he pulls it off.
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9:16PM on 03/29/2016
I'm not so worried because he's going to be directing a script penned by Rian Johnson. If the script is stellar it'll be hard to fuck the movie up.
I'm not so worried because he's going to be directing a script penned by Rian Johnson. If the script is stellar it'll be hard to fuck the movie up.
8:01PM on 03/29/2016
And that language was pure shit.
And that language was pure shit.
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7:58PM on 03/29/2016

to quote Larry Fishburne

in other news....water....wet.
in other news....water....wet.
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10:20PM on 03/29/2016
No! Batman v Superman had no jokes in it! How dare you prove people wrong! ;)
No! Batman v Superman had no jokes in it! How dare you prove people wrong! ;)
7:40PM on 03/29/2016
I'm much more excited for this new entry in the saga than I ever was for Abrams film. I'm just a bigger fan of Johnson's work and past films than Abrams filmography. And since all of the introductions are out of the way, this film should be hitting the ground running in terms of storytelling.
I'm much more excited for this new entry in the saga than I ever was for Abrams film. I'm just a bigger fan of Johnson's work and past films than Abrams filmography. And since all of the introductions are out of the way, this film should be hitting the ground running in terms of storytelling.
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