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Rian Johnson forced J.J. Abrams to change the ending of Episode VII

05.04.2017

Though it's May 4th, it's surprising how little new STAR WARS news there has been (because, you know, "May the 4th Be With You" and all that shit. If you have any social media account you were already undoubtedly aware of this). However, having said that, there was this little tidbit from an interview Entertainment Weekly conducted with THE LAST JEDI director Rian Johnson. It's about a favor he asked J.J. Abrams, which was to change something at the end of THE FORCE AWAKENS. Here's what he asked:

Yes...The big [favor] was, I asked if R2 could come with Rey, and if BB-8 could stay behind with the Resistance,” Johnson says. “Originally it was BB-8 who went with Rey, which makes sense for the story in a way. But I asked, ‘Can you do me this solid and switch the droids?’

Johnson didn't go into much detail about why that was necessary, but I imagine it has to do with his connection to Luke and the past (and the fact that, let's face it, Poe and BB-8 are BFFs, and only just met Rey two days ago). So I think it makes sense.

Speaking of which, Johnson also gave a little bit about Luke, who at the end of TFA was simply a grimacing hermit:

Figuring out where his head was at was the very first thing I had to do when writing the movie. I had to crack this. And it had to be something for me that first and foremost made sense. Why did Luke Skywalker go off to this island?...That was the starting point, and that’s what the entire movie explores.

Honestly, I can't wait for THE LAST JEDI! I was always ambivalent to EPISODE VII, and hated most of it when I saw it (save the character dynamics of Rey, Finn, and Poe), which is the exact opposite of this. I loved the trailer, love what Johnson has been saying about the film, and am excited to see this franchise finally leave nostalgia behind and forge into something new. Let's just hope Disney doesn't get skittish (if we hear news of reshoots, we'll know if they were or not).

Meanwhile, THE LAST JEDI will reach theaters December 15th, 2017.

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Extra Tidbit: I'll say it again: I need me some Gray Jedis up in this shit!
Source: EW

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1:41PM on 05/07/2017

'forced!?'

Anyone else notice the quality of JoBlo's (ahem) 'reporting' going down lately?
Anyone else notice the quality of JoBlo's (ahem) 'reporting' going down lately?
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4:56PM on 05/06/2017

Poorly misleading headline

If you feel the need to mislead the users on this website to click and read an article then obviously you need to work on being a writer. This is highly unacceptable.
If you feel the need to mislead the users on this website to click and read an article then obviously you need to work on being a writer. This is highly unacceptable.
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1:03PM on 05/06/2017

Click bait = Irresponsible reporting.

"Rian Johnson forced JJ Abrams?" Wow. This headline completely misrepresents what actually happened. Posting headlines like this destroys your credibility. The whole approach to this article is stupid, reckless and irresponsible.
"Rian Johnson forced JJ Abrams?" Wow. This headline completely misrepresents what actually happened. Posting headlines like this destroys your credibility. The whole approach to this article is stupid, reckless and irresponsible.
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3:48PM on 05/05/2017

FORCED vs FAVOR

So the headline says 'rian johnson forced jj abrams to change...'
and the actual quote is 'Yes...The big [favor] was, I asked if R2 could come...'
So the headline says 'rian johnson forced jj abrams to change...'
and the actual quote is 'Yes...The big [favor] was, I asked if R2 could come...'
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8:23AM on 05/05/2017

Why is someone doesnt even like TFA writing this article?

Bizarre that someone with a problem with TFA gets to write this up. And NOT really a fan in my opinion if you don't get it. So you're opinion is void...in my opinion! ;0)
Bizarre that someone with a problem with TFA gets to write this up. And NOT really a fan in my opinion if you don't get it. So you're opinion is void...in my opinion! ;0)
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7:52PM on 05/04/2017
It's bizarre that every article about Star Wars on this site makes sure to remind us how much the writers hate all of the recent Star Wars movies.
It's bizarre that every article about Star Wars on this site makes sure to remind us how much the writers hate all of the recent Star Wars movies.
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9:48PM on 05/04/2017
Gotta pander to the men's rights activists somehow to keep them coming back, after they flocked to the site for every ghostbusters article. And they hate ep7 so it's an easy target to keep them happy.
Gotta pander to the men's rights activists somehow to keep them coming back, after they flocked to the site for every ghostbusters article. And they hate ep7 so it's an easy target to keep them happy.
8:55PM on 05/08/2017
So not liking a movie that had a horrible plot and never even tried to be a good movie somehow makes you a men's rights activist?
So not liking a movie that had a horrible plot and never even tried to be a good movie somehow makes you a men's rights activist?
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6:51PM on 05/04/2017
I get why. There is more an emotional connection with both the characters and the audience with R2 and Luke than Luke and BB.
Love BB 8. I didn't think another droid could be more loveable and accepted by fans into this series than BB8 has been.
Loved the droid in Rogue One too. More than any of the actors too.
I get why. There is more an emotional connection with both the characters and the audience with R2 and Luke than Luke and BB.
Love BB 8. I didn't think another droid could be more loveable and accepted by fans into this series than BB8 has been.
Loved the droid in Rogue One too. More than any of the actors too.
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6:45PM on 05/04/2017
I'd rather see BB-8 spend more time with Poe than with Rey.
I'd rather see BB-8 spend more time with Poe than with Rey.
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6:09PM on 05/04/2017
Interesting. I'd be happy for more R2 scenes in this movie. Also Chewie is on the island too, unless he flew back to the resistance base. Curious to see how they use him in the Last Jedi as well. Is he now the captain of the Millennium Falcon?
Interesting. I'd be happy for more R2 scenes in this movie. Also Chewie is on the island too, unless he flew back to the resistance base. Curious to see how they use him in the Last Jedi as well. Is he now the captain of the Millennium Falcon?
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5:45PM on 05/04/2017
what shitty title. you guys are better than that.
what shitty title. you guys are better than that.
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5:44PM on 05/04/2017
i have waaaay more confidence in rian than jj abrams...but im sure disney will ruin lukes character no matter what.
i have waaaay more confidence in rian than jj abrams...but im sure disney will ruin lukes character no matter what.
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5:36PM on 05/04/2017
Header should probably read "asked," not "forced" according to the contents of the article...
Header should probably read "asked," not "forced" according to the contents of the article...
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5:53PM on 05/04/2017
I'm guessing it was a Star Wars pun?
I'm guessing it was a Star Wars pun?
6:05PM on 05/04/2017
I'm going to agree with corker21. May the 4th BB with you.
I'm going to agree with corker21. May the 4th BB with you.
7:26PM on 05/04/2017
Definitely a pun, but it felt a little "forced"
Definitely a pun, but it felt a little "forced"
1:01PM on 05/05/2017
Haha. "Forced" indeed!
Haha. "Forced" indeed!
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