The success of the first Star Wars was unpredictable, so although George Lucas knew the directions he wanted to take his characters in subsequent stories, that opportunity wasn't a given. When it was announced that the saga would be getting three new episodes from three different filmmakers, fans began speculating how the collaborative process between them would work, considering Lucas has handed over the keys to the castle to a new generation of filmmakers.
During a recent interview with MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast, Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow shed some light on the collaborative process.
The host pointed out that director of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, asked for one tweak to the final sequence in The Force Awakens from director J.J. Abrams about R2-D2 accompanying Rey, and asked Trevorrow if he had any requests of Johnson to help him set up Episode IX.
"There was one little thing, Trevorrow confessed. "It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just 'Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?' And he did, which was great."
It's tough to guess what the sequence could have
Trevorrow continued, "It’s part of the collaborative process that exists – everyone is in communication. There’s such a genuine want to get this right from everybody, and I think that one of the misconceptions is that there’s some kind of great corporate overlord that is dictating this story to everybody, and that’s what it’s going to be because that’s going to sell the most toys."
The filmmaker added, "The reality of it is that it’s a small group of people, but it’s actually,
Despite Trevorrow's insistence that each filmmaker gets their own shot at telling the story, it's hard to deny that collaborative process within Lucasfilm, who have a dedicated Story Group that ensures there's a unified canon amongst all movies, TV shows, video games, books, and comics.
The as yet untitled Han Solo spin-off film is currently filming while Episode IX will begin filming next year.
The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15.0comments
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second film in the new Star Wars sequel trilogy that began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. The film will deal with Luke training Rey to become a, and possibly the last, Jedi. Meanwhile, the Resistance, including Poe Dameron and First Order defector Finn, continues to fight against the First Order, led by General Hux, while Supreme Leader Snoke and his Dark Side follower Kylo Ren continue their mysterious plot.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita