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Rian Johnson & Colin Trevorrow working together closely on Star Wars sequels

01.11.2016

With J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS successfully paving the way and getting the world excited about Star Wars once again, the pressure is on for Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow to keep the ball rolling while offering fans something new with their Star Wars installments. Rian Johnson will be writing and directing STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII, but he's also penning the story for Colin Trevorrow's STAR WARS: EPISODE IX, which Trevorrow said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight means that the pair are working very closely together.

A story must evolve or perish, and Rian and I are working closely together to make sure our stories build off of each other and continue to evolve and take us to new places, and I think that’s what the fans expect and what they want.

Just speaking for myself, that's definitely what I want; I wasn't all that bothered by the many original trilogy references found throughout THE FORCE AWAKENS, but I definitely want to see this new trilogy forge its own path with the sequels. Trevorrow also responded to the news that a petition to get George Lucas to replace him as the director of STAR WARS: EPISODE IX had been making the rounds, saying "it was funny, I saw that, I think it was yesterday, and it was on a day that I was at Lucasfilm giving this big speech to everyone about how we want to channel the invention and the raw creativity and the boldness that George brought these films, and that's something that I'm so focused on and not being afraid that we're going to embarrass ourselves by doing something that might be crazy because when George Lucas made Star Wars, a lot of people thought it was crazy, but it's the greatest story ever told." No toes were tread upon, I think you're safe Trevorrow.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII is set for a May 26, 2017 release and STAR WARS: EPISODE IX will hit theaters on May 24, 2019.

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5:28AM on 01/12/2016
Just rip-off Episode 5 & 6 and call it nostalgia
Just rip-off Episode 5 & 6 and call it nostalgia
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5:59PM on 01/12/2016
They would still be making excuses as to why there were sooo many nods to the original in it. Step back is a step forward bollocks.
They would still be making excuses as to why there were sooo many nods to the original in it. Step back is a step forward bollocks.
2:27AM on 01/12/2016
A New Hope was a love letter to pulp science fiction and then became its own thing with Empire. The Force Awakens was a love letter to the original trilogy and needs to become its own thing with episode 8.
A New Hope was a love letter to pulp science fiction and then became its own thing with Empire. The Force Awakens was a love letter to the original trilogy and needs to become its own thing with episode 8.
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10:09AM on 01/12/2016
This.
This.
1:12PM on 01/12/2016
Hit it right on the head. I feel TFA served to get us all back into the Star Wars groove after being more or less done with it after the PT. A lot of people are anticipating a re-tread of ESB in Ep. VIII. But I don't see how since TFA put enough ground work into it that this new trilogy will certainly take it's own path in Ep. VIII.
Hit it right on the head. I feel TFA served to get us all back into the Star Wars groove after being more or less done with it after the PT. A lot of people are anticipating a re-tread of ESB in Ep. VIII. But I don't see how since TFA put enough ground work into it that this new trilogy will certainly take it's own path in Ep. VIII.
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12:26AM on 01/12/2016
"but it's the greatest story ever told"

What the?????
"but it's the greatest story ever told"

What the?????
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8:06AM on 01/12/2016
Guess that's why they cast 'Moses' as Finn.
Guess that's why they cast 'Moses' as Finn.
11:03PM on 01/11/2016
I have a problem with Trevorrow. Nothing I can do about it, but I'm gonna have to give him the side eye until Ep. 9 comes out.
I have a problem with Trevorrow. Nothing I can do about it, but I'm gonna have to give him the side eye until Ep. 9 comes out.
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10:29PM on 01/11/2016

Does it matter?

Episode VII was quite possibly one of the worst movies I've ever seen, to the point that I'm now losing interest in the Post-Lucas franchise. TFA was such a derivative schlock fest, what a disappointment.
Episode VII was quite possibly one of the worst movies I've ever seen, to the point that I'm now losing interest in the Post-Lucas franchise. TFA was such a derivative schlock fest, what a disappointment.
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12:48AM on 01/12/2016
It's OK the franchise will survive without you.
It's OK the franchise will survive without you.
1:03AM on 01/12/2016
LOL, how many movies have you seen? Have you seen Joe Dirt 2?
LOL, how many movies have you seen? Have you seen Joe Dirt 2?
2:18AM on 01/12/2016
At least you're not being dramatic.
At least you're not being dramatic.
5:39AM on 01/12/2016
see ya!
see ya!
10:08AM on 01/12/2016
This joker...what a troll.
This joker...what a troll.
10:34AM on 01/12/2016
You know chicks don't visit this blog right? You're not going to score by sounding tough here.
You know chicks don't visit this blog right? You're not going to score by sounding tough here.
12:00PM on 01/12/2016
Bahahaha Its cool to hate whatever the masses enjoy, that's the motto of a hipster. Good luck finding joy in anything besides yourself
Bahahaha Its cool to hate whatever the masses enjoy, that's the motto of a hipster. Good luck finding joy in anything besides yourself
12:00PM on 01/12/2016
451-1138 haha nailed it
451-1138 haha nailed it
5:57PM on 01/12/2016
Disagreeing with the masses makes you a troll? What ever happened to independent thought?
Well if that is the case, Id rather be a troll than a sheep.
Disagreeing with the masses makes you a troll? What ever happened to independent thought?
Well if that is the case, Id rather be a troll than a sheep.
6:22PM on 01/12/2016
What makes you a troll is disliking something BECAUSE the masses do not. But you already know that don't you?
What makes you a troll is disliking something BECAUSE the masses do not. But you already know that don't you?
8:40AM on 01/13/2016
I guess Chris Columbus must have been a troll for thinking the world was round.
I guess Chris Columbus must have been a troll for thinking the world was round.
8:54AM on 01/13/2016
How about instead of calling everyone Troll who doesn't see things your way, you explain your arguments as to why you think this was the greatest movie ever made. You never know, you might change my mind.

But I can put forward links as support to why I thought this movie was not worth my money or time at the cinema.
Thats not disliking because of the masses. Thats disliking because I can see blatant copying. By the way I am a huge Star Wars fan so i wanted nothing more that to enjoy this
How about instead of calling everyone Troll who doesn't see things your way, you explain your arguments as to why you think this was the greatest movie ever made. You never know, you might change my mind.

But I can put forward links as support to why I thought this movie was not worth my money or time at the cinema.
Thats not disliking because of the masses. Thats disliking because I can see blatant copying. By the way I am a huge Star Wars fan so i wanted nothing more that to enjoy this film. But then I probably understand that it deserved better.

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10:39AM on 01/13/2016
Please compare yourself to Christopher Columbus again (Chris is what his friends called him) haha! First off, I never called you a troll, you must be confused, go back and look again, you did that yourself. Second, no one here, least of all me, ever called this "the greatest movie ever made". You just made that up. And last, do you think you're of a higher intelligence because you "figured out" all the parallels between Awakens and New Hope? You somehow figured out what the overwhelming
Please compare yourself to Christopher Columbus again (Chris is what his friends called him) haha! First off, I never called you a troll, you must be confused, go back and look again, you did that yourself. Second, no one here, least of all me, ever called this "the greatest movie ever made". You just made that up. And last, do you think you're of a higher intelligence because you "figured out" all the parallels between Awakens and New Hope? You somehow figured out what the overwhelming majority did not? Sorry kid, but anyone with half a brain that has seen both movies can tell you that, you're nothing special. What seems to be lost on you is that the true story is found in the differences between them, I know, it's tough to understand. You do realize this is just the first act of 3, correct? How many times have you seen it? My guess is just 1 and you probably spent the next 3 hours ripping it apart with your geeky friends and the last 3 weeks telling everyone it's "one of the worst movies I've ever seen". To call yourself a "huge Star Wars" fan and not allow yourself to understand and enjoy a Star Wars movie is really unfortunate for you. I genuinely feel bad. My guess is that over subsequent viewings, you'll understand

I'm going to leave you with a link of my own. If you don't want to read all 40 points just skip to the last one and read through to the end. You're not as smart as you think you are

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11:14AM on 01/13/2016
LOL. Tetchy
LOL. Tetchy
7:19AM on 01/16/2016
Plus that article was clutching at sraws for excuses. For example. He found the millenium falcon because his scanners were scanning for it. I guess Space isn't as big as we all thought. Or Han Solos Scanners can also scan parallel dimensions. LOL
Plus that article was clutching at sraws for excuses. For example. He found the millenium falcon because his scanners were scanning for it. I guess Space isn't as big as we all thought. Or Han Solos Scanners can also scan parallel dimensions. LOL
10:00AM on 01/16/2016
After reading all of that especially #40 and beyond, that's all you have? Ever think that the tracker was off because the falcon was off? Ever think he was already tracking them and that's why he was right there? Ever heard of suspension of disbelief? Do you know that Star Wars is a story about destiny? Just look at Fins attempts to leave the fight, just like Hans in empire, the universe wouldn't let them, why? If that's all you've got, good luck ever enjoying a movie again let alone Star Wars.
After reading all of that especially #40 and beyond, that's all you have? Ever think that the tracker was off because the falcon was off? Ever think he was already tracking them and that's why he was right there? Ever heard of suspension of disbelief? Do you know that Star Wars is a story about destiny? Just look at Fins attempts to leave the fight, just like Hans in empire, the universe wouldn't let them, why? If that's all you've got, good luck ever enjoying a movie again let alone Star Wars.
2:23PM on 01/16/2016
Most of the answers are based on speculation, that MAYBE the next film will answer, but I doubt it. But those that dont agree with this latest addition have seen the results on screen and can argue our case as to why we think it was another wasted opportunity. The scene comparison atleast can show side by side what I feel was 'A ripping off'
of another movie. Most of the responses on that page are 'WHAT IFS'
Most of the answers are based on speculation, that MAYBE the next film will answer, but I doubt it. But those that dont agree with this latest addition have seen the results on screen and can argue our case as to why we think it was another wasted opportunity. The scene comparison atleast can show side by side what I feel was 'A ripping off'
of another movie. Most of the responses on that page are 'WHAT IFS'
3:45PM on 01/16/2016
Sorry but you are no Star Wars fan and have not argued a darn thing here, not in the slightest. In fact you've evaded every question I've asked and every point I've made. You have no argument and anything you bring up is so easily dismissed it's ridiculous. I really find it hilarious that you think they "ripped off" A New Hope, that implies that you think 1. You're so smart that you caught it when everyone else must've missed it and 2. They are so stupid they thought no one would catch it. I
Sorry but you are no Star Wars fan and have not argued a darn thing here, not in the slightest. In fact you've evaded every question I've asked and every point I've made. You have no argument and anything you bring up is so easily dismissed it's ridiculous. I really find it hilarious that you think they "ripped off" A New Hope, that implies that you think 1. You're so smart that you caught it when everyone else must've missed it and 2. They are so stupid they thought no one would catch it. I mean seriously? Do you have any idea now arrogant and ignorant that is? You say that article is strictly "what ifs" but when you say that you doubt the answers will be given in the next film, do you realize that is also speculation and it's based on nothing besides your pessimism? Some may call that hypocrisy. It's obvious to me that you've only seen the film once and that you're pretty young, you just don't get it. I'm convinced that down the line when you've seen it again and again, especially in the context of the full story arc (this is merely 1/3 of it) you'll see how wrong you were, even if it's hard to admit
5:57AM on 01/17/2016
What points have you made? I looked at the article and I gave my response based on the article. The point I am making is that the scene by scene comparison is EVIDENCE of how similar the films are. The points made in that article (some of them , not all) are based on the writers speculation. This is fact as the new films aren't out yet. Unless he is privvy to information we do not have yet. Also why assume I am really young? Is that not arrogance in itself. So because I am really young I have
What points have you made? I looked at the article and I gave my response based on the article. The point I am making is that the scene by scene comparison is EVIDENCE of how similar the films are. The points made in that article (some of them , not all) are based on the writers speculation. This is fact as the new films aren't out yet. Unless he is privvy to information we do not have yet. Also why assume I am really young? Is that not arrogance in itself. So because I am really young I have no place here in arguing my point?? The reason I also doubted that they would answer questions in the next movie is that they aren't going to waste a films run time explaining points made in that article purely for the fact that it would waste time and money. Who knows they may shoehorn a shot of the millenium falcons amazing scanners.
6:13AM on 01/17/2016
I think we will have to agree to disagree, nice debating with you Rob. I'm glad you liked the movie. I really wanted to on the opening day. But walked out feeling cheated.
I think we will have to agree to disagree, nice debating with you Rob. I'm glad you liked the movie. I really wanted to on the opening day. But walked out feeling cheated.
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