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Rian Johnson's Episode VIII will do things never before seen in Star Wars

04.19.2016

Star Wars: Episode VIII Rian Johnson Oscar Isaac Daisy Ridley

Rian Johnson is currently hard at work on STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII and although we know very little about the next installment of the STAR WARS sequel trilogy, it will apparently be shaking things up in a way never before seen in the STAR WARS franchise. While it's obviously safe to say that STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS was a massive success and pleased a great many people, there are some who took issue with how it recycled elements from the previous films and perhaps played it a little too safe. While speaking with The LA Times to promote the upcoming X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, Oscar Isaac confirmed that Rian Johnson will be bringing many different elements to EPISODE VIII.

Rian is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven’t really been done in the 'Star Wars' universe. For me, it’s so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn’t have expected in this universe. In some ways it feels like we’re making an independent film, certain things we get to play with – this kind of intimacy that we get to find – it's special. It’s been really fun.

Oscar Isaac was agreeing with something which STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan mentioned last year when he said that "Rian Johnson is a friend of mine — he's going to make some weird thing, if you've seen Rian's work, you know it's not going be like anything that's ever been in Star Wars." While I wasn't bothered by any of the similarities between THE FORCE AWAKENS and the other films, if STAR WARS is going to last as long as Disney seems to hope it will (forever), they need to be able to carve their own path. Thankfully there were enough threads presented in THE FORCE AWAKENS which seemed to indicate to me that Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) will indeed be taking part in their own unique story.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII is set to hit theaters on December 15, 2017.

Source: The LA Times

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6:56PM on 04/20/2016
I love how even even those who defend the film admit 'recycled' elements. I mean what is that. The more PC term for copied? Hell Lockout didn't get away with 'recycled' elements.The only difference is, in this case is that the rights are owned by Disney. I still stand by the statement ' Biggest Con to grace the cinema'
I love how even even those who defend the film admit 'recycled' elements. I mean what is that. The more PC term for copied? Hell Lockout didn't get away with 'recycled' elements.The only difference is, in this case is that the rights are owned by Disney. I still stand by the statement ' Biggest Con to grace the cinema'
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9:23AM on 04/20/2016
I have faith that Rian Johnson can successfully take this franchise in a new and exciting direction with Ep. VIII.

I didn't mind the similarities between Ep. VII and the other films either. In fact, I thought it helped to reinvigorate some like into this franchise by keeping the story simple and planting a few threads throughout to help drive the new trilogy in a different direction.

It's also one thing I always laugh at when people try to guess how the rest of the trilogy will play out
I have faith that Rian Johnson can successfully take this franchise in a new and exciting direction with Ep. VIII.

I didn't mind the similarities between Ep. VII and the other films either. In fact, I thought it helped to reinvigorate some like into this franchise by keeping the story simple and planting a few threads throughout to help drive the new trilogy in a different direction.

It's also one thing I always laugh at when people try to guess how the rest of the trilogy will play out by looking at what happened in the original trilogy. Not sure why they expect EVERYTHING to be exactly the same just because of the similarities with Ep. VII.
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8:33AM on 04/20/2016
I really hope we get the rest of the Alphabet Wings.
I really hope we get the rest of the Alphabet Wings.
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8:20AM on 04/20/2016
I think for existing fans who've been with the franchise their whole lives, The Force Awakens might feel like it recycled too many elements from A New Hope, but there's a degree to which I'd take the viewpoint that maybe a new Star Wars that will seem fully inclusive for a new generation of fans needed to be, at least in part, an introductory point that covered all the significant themes of the series, which is basically what we got. If Episodes VIII and IX can take VII as a starting point and
I think for existing fans who've been with the franchise their whole lives, The Force Awakens might feel like it recycled too many elements from A New Hope, but there's a degree to which I'd take the viewpoint that maybe a new Star Wars that will seem fully inclusive for a new generation of fans needed to be, at least in part, an introductory point that covered all the significant themes of the series, which is basically what we got. If Episodes VIII and IX can take VII as a starting point and do something new and interesting with it, then I think it justifies Abrams' film reusing old themes to a degree - all the ground work has been done so anyone who wants new Star Wars can appreciate it regardless of how involved they were with previous installments, so there's really nothing stopping them from getting creative with the next two films.
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11:15PM on 04/19/2016
Going places and investigating things in SW never done before? Oh, does Disney mean exploring some other social agenda through one of the new characters or character no doubt to exploit the mass market via SW? Probably...
Going places and investigating things in SW never done before? Oh, does Disney mean exploring some other social agenda through one of the new characters or character no doubt to exploit the mass market via SW? Probably...
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11:09PM on 04/19/2016
I just want to see someone in this movie use the force the way the kid did in Looper.
I just want to see someone in this movie use the force the way the kid did in Looper.
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10:00PM on 04/19/2016
I don't mind the recycled plot that much, really. I think the biggest issue with Force Awakens was how utterly uncompelling Rey was as a character. Everything was too conveniently set up for her to find Luke, be it out of circumstances or other people telling her what to do. It's like she has no say in the plot whatsoever. Compare that to Luke from the original Star Wars where everything he did from finding Obi Wan Kenobi to saving his father were all his choices alone. I hope Rian Johnson at
I don't mind the recycled plot that much, really. I think the biggest issue with Force Awakens was how utterly uncompelling Rey was as a character. Everything was too conveniently set up for her to find Luke, be it out of circumstances or other people telling her what to do. It's like she has no say in the plot whatsoever. Compare that to Luke from the original Star Wars where everything he did from finding Obi Wan Kenobi to saving his father were all his choices alone. I hope Rian Johnson at least recognize this and give Rey's character a better story arc and an actual character progression.
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9:20PM on 04/19/2016
Full frontal human nudity!
Full frontal human nudity!
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8:58PM on 04/19/2016
"there are some who took issue with how it recycled elements from the previous films and perhaps played it a little too safe. "

That's really only half of it. The other half of it was this ridiculously poorly written female lead character, the likes of which hasn't been seen since schlock like Barbarella. Ellen Ripley and Sarah Conner were written 40 years ago for cryin' out loud, and they return to this silly drek? In the immortal words of Alfred E. Neuman; Yecch!

Look at the picture
"there are some who took issue with how it recycled elements from the previous films and perhaps played it a little too safe. "

That's really only half of it. The other half of it was this ridiculously poorly written female lead character, the likes of which hasn't been seen since schlock like Barbarella. Ellen Ripley and Sarah Conner were written 40 years ago for cryin' out loud, and they return to this silly drek? In the immortal words of Alfred E. Neuman; Yecch!

Look at the picture of Rey above. She looks like she's posing to play T-Ball.
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10:47PM on 04/19/2016
I think you owe barbarella an apology. She saved the world with her sexuality for Christ sakes.
I think you owe barbarella an apology. She saved the world with her sexuality for Christ sakes.
11:07PM on 04/19/2016
I want to disagree with you, because I don't think Rey's character was horrible and Terminator and Alien are whole different R-rated franchises than SW, but you do bring up a good point. With all these recent female action lead castings, where are the actresses that actually come off as both tough and sexy?! Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton are STILL sexy af and can probably still knock you out, and ride off on your motorcycle while giving you the finger.
I want to disagree with you, because I don't think Rey's character was horrible and Terminator and Alien are whole different R-rated franchises than SW, but you do bring up a good point. With all these recent female action lead castings, where are the actresses that actually come off as both tough and sexy?! Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton are STILL sexy af and can probably still knock you out, and ride off on your motorcycle while giving you the finger.
9:35AM on 04/20/2016
@themoderntimeskid Tough and sexy is all fine and good, but how about realistic and believable?

The Rey character is a moronic throwback to pre-1977 women in genre film. Nothing she says or does in the film sustains suspension of disbelief. Everything she does in the film borders on comedic.
@themoderntimeskid Tough and sexy is all fine and good, but how about realistic and believable?

The Rey character is a moronic throwback to pre-1977 women in genre film. Nothing she says or does in the film sustains suspension of disbelief. Everything she does in the film borders on comedic.
8:06PM on 04/19/2016
I'm just excited to find out how Luke Skywalker became Zach Galifianakis.
I'm just excited to find out how Luke Skywalker became Zach Galifianakis.
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7:54PM on 04/19/2016
If it's anywhere near the great quality and masterful storytelling and direction of his previous three films, then episode eight should have no trouble surpassing the force awakens.
If it's anywhere near the great quality and masterful storytelling and direction of his previous three films, then episode eight should have no trouble surpassing the force awakens.
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6:59PM on 04/19/2016

Not surprised

Rian has made nothing but memorable worlds, so him coming to Star Wars has always been something exciting to me. Can't wait until Episode 8!!!
Rian has made nothing but memorable worlds, so him coming to Star Wars has always been something exciting to me. Can't wait until Episode 8!!!
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