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Rian Johnson Talks Themes of His Upcoming STAR WARS Trilogy

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With The Last Jedi come and gone, director Rian Johnson has looked forward to his own Star Wars trilogy.

When it was announced late last year that Johnson would develop a new trilogy for Lucasfilm, fans have wondered what he would come up with. Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Johnson gave some insight on what thematic elements he would tackle with this new trilogy.

It’s fun because it’s kind of thinking, ‘Okay, outside of the Skywalker story and outside of the recognizable iconography, what is this? What is Star Wars?’ Or what do we need to retain from that, to pull forward for it to still be Star Wars — and what can we leave behind? They’re all the big questions that need to be thought of. And even the ones that we don’t know the answers to are things we need to figure out if Star Wars is going to be vital and alive moving forward and not just be a waxworks. We’re going to have to figure out how to tell vital new stories.

Johnson had already started moving away from what fans expect of a Star Wars film with The Last Jedi. While a financial and critical success, the film was met with some backlash from fans for straying too far from conventional Star Wars tropes. Johnson said it’s important for the franchise to make changes to keep things fresh in the future.

When people ask me, ‘Don’t you think people are going to get sick of Star Wars movies?’ to me that question indicates that they’re thinking of Star Wars movies as a museum exhibit that is wheeled out once a year so you can say, ‘Oh, I loved that thing. Oh, I remember that thing!’ And yes, if Star Wars is that, people are going to get sick of it really quickly. But if Star Wars are great new movies that are exciting and fresh, and that challenge you and surprise you and make you feel things and engage you the way that those original movies did — but always taking you to new places, both in the galaxy and emotionally — that’s never going to get old. That’s what it’s all about

While fans may not have been on board with some of the things Johnson did with The Last Jedi, he’s correct in that the Star Wars brand has to get away from just being a nostalgia act and push the franchise in different directions so audiences won’t be bored with it.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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