USA Today got in front of Star Wars Episode VIII Director and didn’t waste its time with him, as is evident in a new interview with Johnson that sheds light on five things about the film.
One of the biggest revelations in my opinion is that the movie has had a title since the first draft of its script. Johnson told USA Today that, “It was in the very first draft I wrote,” so it’s out there, but Johnson and those in the know just need to share it. Honestly, at this stage of the game it looks like we won’t get the title reveal or teaser until this April at Star Wars Celebration, which seems oh so very far away at this point. Oh well, good things come to those who wait. I guess.
Another reveal from Johnson is that the tone of Episode VIII will be “fun”. Johnson explained that, “I want it to be a blast and to be funny and to be a ride the way The Force Awakens and the original Star Wars movies were.” Does this mean it won’t be similar in tone to Empire Strikes Back? I guess it depends on Johnson’s definition of fun, but other cast members have described the film’s tone as dark, so Johnson’s revelation is intriguing.
In the next reveal Johnson stated that he wanted to learn more about the characters of The Force Awakens. He explained that he, “wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory.” Johnson went on to say his goal was to, “Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now — let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that.” I think that sounds like a fantastic approach, and very character driven in nature, so Episode VIII should be a bit deeper than The Force Awakens.
The final two revelations are mainly recaps of a few sentiments we posted about yesterday, but in general they revolve around the relationship of Luke and Rey, and the fact that at the heart of Episode VIII’s narrative will be, according to Johnson, “What’s going on with Luke Skywalker?”
Star Wars Episode VIII hits theaters on December 15, 2017.
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