An upcoming interview with filmmaker JJ Abrams will cover her entire career, which means she includes some important statements about her work on the latest Star Wars trilogy. From the noise of things, 17 months away from his last Star wars film, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, gave him either the clarity or the cushion to speak frankly about what the film arguably missed.
Ahead of the full interview post – which enjoys the upcoming Abrams 10th Anniversary Blu-ray Super 8—Collider released a snippet on Wednesday focusing on his directing and co-writing work on the two Episodes VII and IX. The takeaway looks crisp and clear: the new trilogy as a whole, which he reserved, would have benefited from more consistency.
Quotes from Abrams in isolation may make it sound like he’s talking about his entire career, but they’re specifically in response to Collider’s questions about transferring director and writer between “trilogy” entries. Rey ”. His first response includes a more comprehensive estimate of the best-designed plans, alluding to issues with a single actor or when a “relationship as written doesn’t quite work.”
“Having a plan is the most critical thing”
In contrast, “other things that you think of like ‘Oh, that’s a little moment’ or ‘That’s a one-episode character’ suddenly becomes an extremely important part of the story,” Abrams says. With a full pandemic-based lockdown behind him, Abrams says he’s had more time to work with writers to develop upcoming content, and here’s how he described the “lesson” he recently learned:
You have to plan things the best you can, and you should always be able to react to the unexpected. And the unexpected can take all kinds of forms, and I think there is nothing more important than knowing where you are going.
Still, he’s careful to admit that a specific plan doesn’t necessarily guarantee success, especially when “we weren’t allowed to. [execute ideas] as we wanted, ”although he did not specify whether he was talking about an issue where House of the Mouse shot a Star wars– related plan of its own. (We know of at least one case when this happened, in the form of a rocky mid-production hand change to Solo: A Star Wars Story.)
When in a hurry on what’s best, plan or no plan, Abrams chooses “plan,” telling Collider:
Having a plan I’ve learned – in some cases the hard way – is the most critical thing, because otherwise you don’t know what you’re putting in place. You don’t know what to focus on. Because if you don’t know the inevitable [sic] of the story, you’re as good as your last streak or effect or joke or whatever, but you want to lead to something inevitable.
In Star wars‘case, the’ inevitable ‘ending turned out to be (spoiler alert) the surprise rebirth of Emperor Palpatine to create a final film villain and an about-face of Episode VIII: The Last JediIt’s an intriguing claim about Rey’s origins. With Colin Trevorrow at the start Episode IX Before starting production in earnest, Abrams’ return saw him bring the Rey trilogy ship back to his own apparent vision, abandoning the logic and build-up that flowed from directing the pivotal approach to directing. by Rian Johnson to show off the mid-trilogy.
Mine Episode IX review called this problem. After praising his best moments and his two top performances, I did my best to deliver a spoiler-free condemnation at the time:
L’ascension de Skywalker could otherwise serve as proof that director / co-writer JJ Abrams was not the right fit to complete the final trilogy. The film rushes between plot points, overuses some characters, and wastes others. And whether you love, tolerate or hate 2017 The Last Jedi, it’s easy to conclude that the most intriguing developments and concepts from the previous film were scrapped – and without any convincing evidence that Abrams had better ideas in store.
The series has since flourished with its pivot to serialized and stretched storylines embedded in events from older series, starting with Clone wars‘and The bad lotdelves deep into the prequel trilogy for The Mandalorianassembling this content into the timeline of the original trilogy. The most recently announced addition to this slew of existing stories will follow Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor, between the events of Episodes III and IV. (Fans will likely have to come back to a greater degree now that Disney has confirmed that the Mandalorien spin off Rangers of the New Republic has been on hold for production for the moment.) Meanwhile, life is shaping up well for Rian Johnson as well, who is set to helm two sequels from his Oscar-nominated cash machine. Knives Out.
Today’s Abrams news follows his confirmation earlier this week that one of his other insanely geeky projects, a film adaptation of Valve. Portal video game series, is still in development, eight years after the initial announcement of the collaboration. Abrams hasn’t given more details on the form of this project or if any talent is still attached to it, but the series’ focus on flashy CGI robots arguably makes it easier to produce during a lockdown based on a pandemic that the movies around. humans.