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J.J. Abrams says the script for Star Wars: Episode VIII is complete

11.09.2015
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With just over a month until we finally get to see THE FORCE AWAKENS, the marketing machine at Disney has begun to kick into high gear with new footage we never expected to see. That also means that more and more interviews and tidbits will be coming to light that will help hint at where things will be going in the latest STAR WARS film and beyond.

In an interview with Wired, J.J. Abrams shared some new info regarding STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII and the fact that the first draft of the screenplay has already been completed.

"The script for VIII is written. I’m sure rewrites are going to be endless, like they always are. But what Larry [Kasdan] and I did was set up certain key relationships, certain key questions, conflicts. And we knew where certain things were going. We had meetings with Rian and Ram Bergman, the producer of VIII. They were watching dailies when we were shooting our movie," he said. "We wanted them to be part of the process, to make the transition to their film as seamless as possible. I showed Rian an early cut of the movie, because I knew he was doing his rewrite and prepping. And as executive producer of VIII, I need that movie to be really good. Withholding serves no one and certainly not the fans. So we’ve been as transparent as possible."

While Abrams will be serving only in a producing capacity on STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII, he did go on to say that working with Lawrence Kasdan helped him from a writing perspective and should definitely inform his movies going forward. But, in regards to questions as to whether the next chapter in the STAR WARS saga will feel like it comes from Abrams rather than Rian Johnson, the FORCE AWAKENS director put those concerns to rest.

"Rian has asked for a couple of things here and there that he needs for his story," Abrams continued. "He is an incredibly accomplished filmmaker and an incredibly strong writer. So the story he told took what we were doing and went in the direction that he felt was best but that is very much in line with what we were thinking as well. But you’re right—that will be his movie; he’s going to do it in the way he sees fit. He’s neither asking for nor does he need me to oversee the process."

With Abrams and Kasdan penning THE FORCE AWAKENS and turning it over to Johnson for EPISODE VIII sounds similar to the original news that the LOOPER director would write and direct the next chapter and hand over an outline to EPISODE IX helmer Colin Trevorrow. I like that there is consistency in the pattern of filmmaking here but also that each director is given a level of control over the story they plan to tell. Hopefully once THE FORCE AWAKENS opens next month we will all be chomping at the bit to see where the next episode will take us.

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

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Source: Wired

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12:34PM on 11/10/2015

the pattern is similar...

if you look at the original trilogy, the episode 4 set up the universe, filled with new ideas and magic. ep 5, directed by a more series approach, will be the darkest of the trilogy. ep 6 was obviously the most fun in terms of ewoks, landspeed chases, and the culmination of the dark v. light side.

this new trilgoy seems to be the same way.

ep 7 is by abrams, who will inject a sense of wonder and magic, like all his films, just as lucas did for ep 4.

rian johnson will take the
if you look at the original trilogy, the episode 4 set up the universe, filled with new ideas and magic. ep 5, directed by a more series approach, will be the darkest of the trilogy. ep 6 was obviously the most fun in terms of ewoks, landspeed chases, and the culmination of the dark v. light side.

this new trilgoy seems to be the same way.

ep 7 is by abrams, who will inject a sense of wonder and magic, like all his films, just as lucas did for ep 4.

rian johnson will take the direction of ep 8 to a dark, serious place, as his films usually are....just like ep 5

trevorrow, cant stand the guy, but if you look at ep 6, its definitely the cheesiest, most action packed blockbuster type of all the original films, so like Jurassic world, ep 9 will fit this description too.
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9:33PM on 11/09/2015

Abrams

So glad to hear that JJ will continue with the franchise in some way shape or form. I think what he did with Star Trek is admirable and I believe he will do the same thing with Star Wars. Can't wait to see them. I saw A New Hope in the theater when I was 10. With the new trailers I feel like that 10 year old boy again.
So glad to hear that JJ will continue with the franchise in some way shape or form. I think what he did with Star Trek is admirable and I believe he will do the same thing with Star Wars. Can't wait to see them. I saw A New Hope in the theater when I was 10. With the new trailers I feel like that 10 year old boy again.
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2:48PM on 11/09/2015

Finn and Rey are gettin' it on!!!!

Honestly, I only want to see this so that the racist trolls will explode in righteous, Doritos-flavoured fury.
Honestly, I only want to see this so that the racist trolls will explode in righteous, Doritos-flavoured fury.
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2:05PM on 11/09/2015
I didn't realize Abrams was going to have this much writing/story input into VIII, but it sounds awesome to me. Having this level of continuity will ensure a stronger trilogy overall.
I didn't realize Abrams was going to have this much writing/story input into VIII, but it sounds awesome to me. Having this level of continuity will ensure a stronger trilogy overall.
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1:59PM on 11/09/2015
Can't wait, it really sounds like this team has their heart and soul in this.
Can't wait, it really sounds like this team has their heart and soul in this.
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12:18PM on 11/09/2015
Given Rian's track record, I have no doubt VIII will be bleaker than The Force Awakens in terms of where we find our characters and likely how it'll end. I can easily see him using even more practical effects than JJ given how well put together Looper was. Glad to see everyone working together to ensure this is a great trilogy.
Given Rian's track record, I have no doubt VIII will be bleaker than The Force Awakens in terms of where we find our characters and likely how it'll end. I can easily see him using even more practical effects than JJ given how well put together Looper was. Glad to see everyone working together to ensure this is a great trilogy.
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10:42AM on 11/09/2015
Can't wait for Johnson's take on Star Wars. Absolutely loved Brick, Brothers Bloom, and Looper and am just really excited to see what kind of attributes he lends to the Saga.
Can't wait for Johnson's take on Star Wars. Absolutely loved Brick, Brothers Bloom, and Looper and am just really excited to see what kind of attributes he lends to the Saga.
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10:32AM on 11/09/2015
It worked for the original trilogy, so I can't see why it wouldn't work now.
It worked for the original trilogy, so I can't see why it wouldn't work now.
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