J.J. Abrams Wrote Drafts For Star Wars 8 & 9, Says Daisy Ridley

The Star Wars franchise has been taking a bit of heat from hardcore fans ever since Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters. While some really love what the movie did, a lot of fans were upset about how they went about answering questions laid out in The Force Awakens. In the eyes of many, rather than fully answer these questions, writer-director Rian Johnson sort of cast them aside and focused on the type of story he wanted to tell.

While this is all well and good in some form, it’s made one thing abundantly clear — Lucasfilm doesn’t seem to have a whole, overarching vision of these films. It’s easy to assume, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe having this predesignated and intricate roadmap, that Disney would use the same approach with Star Wars. However, The Last Jedi seemed to drive the point home that they really are making up as it goes along. But is that truly the case?

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Speaking with the French outlet Le Magazine GEEK, star Daisy Ridley revealed an interesting tidbit regarding the scripts.

“Here’s what I think I know. J. J. wrote Episode VII, as well as drafts for VIII & IX. Then Rian Johnson arrived and wrote The Last Jedi entirely. I believe there was some sort of general consensus on the main lines of the trilogy, but apart from that, every director writes and realizes his film in his own way. Rian Johnson and J. J. Abrams met to discuss all of this, although Episode VIII is still his very own work. I believe Rian didn’t keep anything from the first draft of Episode VIII.”

All in all, it sounds like Lucasfilm gave Johnson a tremendous amount of freedom for his movie. Despite audiences generally siding with letting an artist produce his vision, in this case, it seems that they very much would have preferred a more overarching and cohesive vision.

Was it a good idea for Lucasfilm to allow Johnson to skew so far from Abrams’ original drafts? That’s something we’ll never know, but I for one love that they’re allowing the directors make their own vision, as it helps to give each film a specific voice, as well as the ability to take risks.

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SOURCE: Star Wars News Net

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. 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.

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