As of right now, Star Wars: Episode VIII is at the very least, shaping up to be a very interesting and unique successor to The Force Awakens and the Star Wars franchise as a whole. When you bring someone like Rian Johnson on at the helm though, who’s made a name for himself as having a very clear voice, vision, and style in all of his projects, it’d be hard to avoid that. In my mind though, that’s also what gives Episode VIII the most potential, of getting to see the weirdest and possibly darkest chapter in the Star Wars universe yet.
I’m not the only one who thinks so either, as Force Awakens screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan, spoke briefly about Episode VIII with The LA Times back in December of last year and teased it as being a “weird thing.”
“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.’”
In a new interview with The LA Times as well, Poe Dameron himself, Oscar Isaac, echoed Kasdan’s thoughts and sentiments about the new project, comparing it to more of an independent film than the usual blockbuster or even Star Wars movie:
“I would agree with [Kasdan]. 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.”
This is some mighty fine praise coming from an actor who has single-handedly been in some of the most awe-inspiring and critically-acclaimed independent films of the past few years.
I think maybe the biggest complaint that critics and fans had about The Force Awakens as well, was that they felt like it was too safe of a follow-up to the previous six films. That it didn’t take enough chances. While I personally disagreed with that, I think that the reason Episode VIII is becoming an increasingly more exciting project, is that it doesn’t feel like the movie will be pulling any punches this time around.
Johnson is a guy who always seems to dive headfirst into all of his stories, and all of the worlds that he creates. From the look of the movie, and comments by the cast members too, it seems like he’ll be doing the same thing with Episode VIII here – creating a new installment in the Star Wars universe unlike any other in the franchise. It’s the ballsiness of that idea and the real unpredictable nature of it all, that makes me think it has the chance to be the best Star Wars film we’ve ever seen.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to hit theatres on December 15th, 2017.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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