Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker co-writer Chris Terrio wishes the final Skywalker saga film was split into two-parts.
Many major film franchises like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight, and most recently, The Avengers, have resolved their storylines with two-part films. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had the tall order of not just concluding the sequel trilogy, but the entire Skywalker saga. The result on if J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio succeeded with this ambition appears to be mixed among Star Wars fans.
Since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has come out, Chris Terrio has been making the rounds discussing the film in-depth. One of the complaints with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is how stuffed the film is with plot lines such as Palpatine’s return and the Sith wayfinder devices. In an interview with Awards Daily, Chris Terrio revealed that he wishes they could’ve split Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker into two parts:
“I wish we could have done that. There is a lot of plot in the movie, and as a writer, you always want scenes to let the plot breathe more. If there were a way of doing it, splitting it would have been my dream. We could have written these characters forever. There was so much backstory that had to be left by the wayside.”
Chris Terrio went onto say that it was left as one film because George Lucas imagined the Skywalker saga as nine-films:
“I wish that we could have that, but George always said it was nine movies. That was the natural size of the saga, and so, other than a few initial discussions, we never really advanced that conversation. Of course, as a writer, it breaks your heart to leave stuff on the table that you think would have given the story more depth and nuance and to give the characters more to do. Speaking for myself and not on the part of the studio, I do wish there could have been a Part 1 and a Part 2.”
Do you agree with Chris Terrio? Do you think Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker should’ve been two parts? Or should it have had a longer runtime? Comment below!
You can check out synopsis for the latest film in the Star Wars saga below:
Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
Directed by J. J. Abrams and co-written with Chris Terrio, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher also appears as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for previous Star Wars films.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now playing in theaters.
Source: Awards Daily