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Rian Johnson reveals which films influenced Star Wars: The Last Jedi

01.27.2017

Rian Johnson Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Now that we finally know the title of Rian Johnson's upcoming STAR WARS film and ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY has been in theaters for several months, the marketing for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI can finally begin. Principal photography on the film wrapped up last July and Rian Johnson recently told Empire that they are currently "in the thick of editing" and "really digging into it." Johnson also touched upon which non-STAR WARS movies he watched to prepare himself and how they influenced the feel of THE LAST JEDI.

Twelve O’Clock High was a big touchstone, for the feel and look of the aerial combat as well as the dynamic between the pilots. Three Outlaw Samurai for the feel of the sword-fighting, and the general sense of pulpy fun. And To Catch A Thief was a great film to rewatch, for the romantic scale and grandeur.

In addition to directing STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Rian Johnson also wrote the script, and, as we know, STAR WARS dialogue has a certain tone. When asked what he found to be the toughest part of penning the script, Johnson said that he "found myself constantly wanting to push modern idioms into the dialogue, and sometimes that can work, but you have to be very careful. If you go too far you can break that Star Wars spell. The other challenge is the tech talk, which has to be simultaneously complex enough to sound real and conceptually simple enough to follow. The original films were brilliant at that." STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI will hit theaters on December 15, 2017.

Source: Empire

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