Star Wars Episode VIII Will Be “A Weird Thing” Says Episode VII Scripter

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Although some were initially worried that Star Wars’ move to Disney would result in a conveyor belt of homogenised movies, it seems the Mouse House has learned from its association with Marvel as regards bold choices of directors and then giving them a degree of creative freedom (Joss Whedon with his “check-list of a zillion things you must include Age Of Ultron” excepted). Certainly Lawrence Kasdan, scriptwriter on no less than four Star Wars movies now (Episodes V, VI and VII and the Han Solo spin-off) is excited by the way the different directors are having different takes on the franchise.

Talking to the LA Times, Kasdan enthuses, “These movies will all be so different. Rian Johnson (who’s directing Episode VIII) is a friend of mine — he’s going to make some weird thing. If you’ve seen Rian’s work, you know it’s not going be like anything that’s ever been in Star Wars. You couldn’t have three more different people than JJ, Rian and Colin Trevorrow. Those movies will have the Star Wars saga as their basis, but everything else will be different. Then Phil Lord and Chris Miller are going to make the Han Solo film and I can’t guess what that will be like — and I’m writing it!”

We love the idea that Episode VIII will be “a weird thing”. What Star Wars needs to do now is keep on surprising and innovating, so this feels like the right direction to go in, rather than giving the audiences the same thing over and over.

Meanwhile, there’s a spoiler for Episode VIII casually buried in another LA Times article (we won’t tell you what it’s about as you might involuntarily put two and two together). It reveals the name of one of the new Episode VII character who’ll be returning for Episode VIII (other than the obvious ones). Click here to find out who without having to scour the article.


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