‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: How Rian Johnson Handled Directing Pressures

Star Wars Rian JohnsonWhen it was announced that Rian Johnson would be directing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, many fans were enthralled. Given his previous three films, Johnson stood out as a unique filmmaker compared to other Star Wars directors that were more journeyman than auteur in their directorial approaches.

Ever since Disney bought LucasFilm, the productions on the new Star Wars films have not been without their troubles. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had a few bumps along the road, but the untitled Han Solo standalone film dealt with a major shift when directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were dropped from the project with Ron Howard taking over directorial duties.

One would think that these production stories are indicative of a particular issue at LucasFilm and Star Wars, but thankfully the first two films of the Disney era were both critical and commercial hits, and based on what we are seeing from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Johnson has created something different and special.

When you are granted the privilege of directing a film within one of the most iconic franchises in cinematic history, there is a lot of pressure to deal with. For one, there are millions of fans that are passionate about the property, and if you screw up directing the film you will never hear the end of it.

Johnson appeared on The Star Wars Show along with Thomas Kail, the director of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Kail asked Johnson about how he dealt with the significant pressure, to which Johnson expressed his pure joy in bringing the film to life:

“Once I actually jumped into it, it was the most fun I’ve ever had writing. It was the least scary process. I think part of it was, I wasn’t alone for the process. I was writing on my own, but I moved up to San Francisco for a few months, and every few weeks I would go in and sit down with Kiri Hart and her whole story group team, and I would just put everything I was thinking of up on the white board and just bounce it off everyone. Just see what everyone thought. Having that kind of gut check — not just for, wait, don’t do that, but for, yeah, you can do that, if that’s interesting to you, take that path — having that permission from somebody, I think that had a lot to do with it.”

You can watch Johnson and Kail’s segment on The Star Wars Show right here:

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in our galaxy on December 15, 2017.

Source: The Star Wars Show 

8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See

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Star Wars-SagaMay the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.

Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.

Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!

Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!

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Noah Villaverde

Noah Villaverde

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