I remember a time in Star Wars fandom when Timothy Zahn’s novels known as The Thrawn Trilogy were considered by many fans to represent episodes seven, eight, and nine. That was back when there was really no hope of more Star Wars movies. Here we are now in 2017 impatiently awaiting Episode 8, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While fans are still more or less in the dark about what will take place during The Last Jedi, Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow recently spoke with Fandango, among many things discussed were his thoughts on making a Star Wars movie, a movie that may change the course of young people’s lives, his personal movie making process, and what he hopes Episode 9 will become to fans.
“It’s how it was with us [growing up]. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia were all characters that we were able to identify with in various ways, and especially with the character of Rey and what she means to young girls right now, and the challenges that she’s up against. It is extremely crucial that I understand what actual children are feeling about these stories that we’re telling them, and I think it’s important that I have kids, and if filmmakers don’t have kids, they should go talk to them because they don’t see things the same way that we did when we were kids. So, yes, I am very dialed in to that because I think it’s a requisite of the job.”
Trevorrow was also asked what process he goes through before making a movie.
“I mean, I watch movies all the time just cause I’m a person, but I’m not in a research phase right now. I also do a strange thing, which maybe isn’t the right thing to do, but as I get close to a movie, I stop watching movies that are similar to it because I’m afraid I’m going to rip off shots from them or something and I want it to feel pure and instinctive all along the way. There’ll be an interview someday where I’ll say what those movies were that inspired me, and they’ll print it. That’s not yet, not yet.”
Trevorrow explained his desires for the trilogy’s finale.
“My hope is to make it as richly satisfying as it could possibly be. I have a lot of support, and a lot of really brilliant thinkers and storytellers around me. Kiri Hart and the Lucasfilm story group, and Michelle Rejwan, and Kathy Kennedy, my producers, and J.J. [Abrams] and Rian [Johnson], and Larry Kasdan, and when you look at this army of brilliant people that we have, it’s not me alone. It’s a whole team.”
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Star Wars Episode 9 hits theaters on May 24, 2019.
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