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With STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opening in theaters this week, it's easy to forget that production will begin on EPISODE VIII next month! Of course, director Rian Johnson has been hard at work for the past year, steeped in (mostly) pre-production for the next installment. While Johnson will be credited as writer and director for EPISODE VIII, he certainly has had a fair share of help from Abrams' end. Now that Abrams directorial duties are just about wrapped up, he spoke to Slash Film regarding his collaboration with Rian and what he thinks of the finished script for EPISODE VIII!

When Rian, who I admire enormously and adore, came on board, we met and talked with him about all the things we were working on and playing with, and he as a spectacular writer and director has taken those things and has written an AMAZING script that I think will be an incredible next chapter, some of which incorporating things we were thinking of and other things are things we could never of dreamed of.

There were a handful of things we talked about that were going to be helpful to him. Some were very easy to do, and some things were things that I didn’t want to do for other reasons, but I tried to be as accommodating as I could. And its so cool to see what happens next in a way that only someone as talented as Rian could do.

From the sound of it, everyone involved is making sure that the passing of the torch goes down as smooth as possible. Kathleen Kennedy also stated that Colin Trevorrow will probably end up having a more involved collaboration with Rian Johnson on EPISODE IX. Sounds good in theory, but fans wont really have an idea of where this story is going until the end of this week. Hopefully Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have given those two filmmakers a great jumping-off point!

STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII is scheduled to hit theaters on May 26, 2017.

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Source: Slash Film

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7:11PM on 12/15/2015
I am hoping that Rians will be Empire Strikes Back to J.J's New Hope
I am hoping that Rians will be Empire Strikes Back to J.J's New Hope
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2:25PM on 12/15/2015

I saw Episode 7 last night....

I'm not going to spoil anything specific but I'll say this...






I think many are in for quite a suprise on where Kylo Ren came from....

I'm not going to spoil anything specific but I'll say this...






I think many are in for quite a suprise on where Kylo Ren came from....

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4:29PM on 12/15/2015
Really ?
I found it rather obvious (still... Without spoiling anything) !
Ho, and see it in IMAX if you can.
Really ?
I found it rather obvious (still... Without spoiling anything) !
Ho, and see it in IMAX if you can.
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2:20PM on 12/15/2015

Yikes

Never have* dreamed of
As smoothly* as possible
Fans won't* really
Never have* dreamed of
As smoothly* as possible
Fans won't* really
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12:40PM on 12/15/2015

Rian is an exceptional screenwriter

if you have the opportunity to read the Looper Script, do it. It's one of the best written screenplays i've read
if you have the opportunity to read the Looper Script, do it. It's one of the best written screenplays i've read
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11:07AM on 12/15/2015
I'm glad to see Rian will be collaborating with Colin more for Episode IX because his involvement has me worried about that particularly entry. Hopefully, Rian ensures he keeps his head straight and doesn't make idiotic sequences just for shock value.
I'm glad to see Rian will be collaborating with Colin more for Episode IX because his involvement has me worried about that particularly entry. Hopefully, Rian ensures he keeps his head straight and doesn't make idiotic sequences just for shock value.
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3:21AM on 12/15/2015
With Rian Johnson directing, I'm more excited for episode 8 than I am for 7. I've been following him since Brick, and would've been anticipating his next film anyway, but to have it be Star Wars is just crazy
With Rian Johnson directing, I'm more excited for episode 8 than I am for 7. I've been following him since Brick, and would've been anticipating his next film anyway, but to have it be Star Wars is just crazy
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11:24PM on 12/14/2015
It's just now hit me that I'm going to see Star Wars merch at almost every store I go to for the next 10 years. At least Target took down the Chewie that yelled at me when I entered pre-Halloween
It's just now hit me that I'm going to see Star Wars merch at almost every store I go to for the next 10 years. At least Target took down the Chewie that yelled at me when I entered pre-Halloween
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12:13AM on 12/15/2015
BB-8 gave me shit when I was in there the other day.
BB-8 gave me shit when I was in there the other day.
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