– by Joseph Jammer Medina


Not everyone was super thrilled when it was revealed that director J.J. Abrams would be returning to take on another Star Wars movie. As great as Star Wars: The Force Awakens was, there were a lot of fans who felt it was too safe for its own good.

When J.J. Abrams was revealed to be returning for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, many worried that we would get another retread. However, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Abrams revealed an encouraging reason as to why he signed back up for another Star Wars flick.

“I had no intention to return. But when the opportunity presented itself to finish a story that we had begun with these new characters, to tell the last chapter of their story, it felt like there was a chance to do it in a way where we could go beyond, and do better than we did in VII. I learned so much in that movie and I saw that this was a chance to sort of realize something that we hadn’t quite achieved – and part of that was it was simply the beginning of these new characters and their story. The opportunity to sort of take what we had learned, to take the feeling of who these characters are and what they are and give them a final chapter that felt in the spirit of what we begun? It was too delicious of an opportunity to pass up.”

Before people call BS on this quote, keep in mind that Abrams was given a very specific task with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He needed to bring back the tone and style of the original trilogy, all while setting the foundation for things to come. It was no easy task, and whether you agree with his creative choice or not, it was likely the best way to go about it for a reboot.

With Episode IX, his goals are distinctly different. He is closing out a story, and seems very more willing to take some real risks.

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SOURCE: Rolling Stone

  • JDH523055

    I have no issues with the force awakens. Thought it was great! Ihsve even questioned JJA in he past but he definitely proved himself with that i think.

    • Moby85

      Yes, it was derivitive. But it also truly felt like Star Wars in my opinion. And whenever I feel like not liking it – I watch it again – and am reminded that yes, it’s great. It IS Star Wars.

  • Victor Roa

    I’m the kind of guy who would have picked David Fincher as director of episode 3 because I’d be like Patton Oswalt Parks and Rec style rant by saying “it’s be fitting for his career because he started working as a production assistant on Jedi blah blah blah.”
    But considering how fragile these productions are, of course safe bets and you know what I enjoy rewatching Force Awakens. Just maybe use episode 8’s cinematographer and puppet team, remember these films are for children not 13 year old boys pretending to be adults.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Fincher should do a stand alone Star Wars movie set during the old republic. A lone bounty hunter is hired by a poor farming community to hunt down a man who has been killing people in their community. He searches nearby planets and finds similar stories. In the end he finds someone who has gone mad from the force. With no training or guidance he is seduced to darkness and only finds peace killing. So this bounty hunter has to put him down.
      Star Wars: Shadow Chaser

      • Victor Roa

        thats an amazing late title card

  • M@rvel

    I was so pumped to hear JJ was going to be closing out the trilogy that he started. Him and Rian Johnson’s visual styles mesh well, too, which I like. Both are very polished looking. I hope Johnson threw in a couple lens flares in TLJ lol just to emulate TFA’s look

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I never thought I’d see the day when someone would ASK for lens flares.

      • M@rvel

        lol what’s the big deal? Continuity (style and story) is more important to me than a couple distracting lens flares.
        That was my biggest issue with Star Trek Beyond. Visually and stylistically, it felt nothing like the first two films (and i’m a huge fan of the JJ ST films). The action scenes in Beyond felt sloppy compared to JJ’s.

      • Aaron James

        I also like the lens flares. It’s just part of the visual style of those Star Trek movies.

        (I’m pretty sure there was only a single lens flare in TFA though. When Kylo is watching the starkiller beam go past the window.)

  • Moby85

    I’m encouraged that J.J. is self-aware that he needs to be more creative. I’m happy in that this is a director we know can at least direct a film that feels like Star Wars, which is half the battle, and he obviously knows the characters and actors very well.

    While I sort of believe him when he says he “never intended to come back” I think that was only for this trilogy. He’s only in his early 50s and his chance to direct a stand-alone or future trilogy film awaited.

  • HaroldNMaudeDib

    But it wasn’t a reboot. I mean it turned into one. But Episode 7 was a sequel. Not a reboot of Episode 4.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Hollywood can no longer tell the difference.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    With JJ finishing it off I’m pretty sure we will find out that Snoke was Khan all along.

  • Fallout Boy!

    Sorry, I call for a vote of No Confidence.
    He’s just not that good. Meh.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.