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Rian Johnson Promises More Practical Effects For Next ‘Star Wars’ Movies

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Rian Johnson Promises More Practical Effects For Next ‘Star Wars’ Movies

Not long from now, in this very galaxy, new Star Wars movies will emerge — not just a new trilogy kicked off by J.J. Abrams, but spinoffs as well, from the likes of Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards.

Rian Johnson, the director of Brick, Looper and three episodes of Breaking Bad, is the filmmaker responsible for Star Wars: Episode VIII, and possibly even Episode IX. As such, he’s been on the set of Abrams’ Episode VII, and knows much more behind-the-scenes details than … well, just about anybody.

Johnson was the guest on a recent episode of Grantland’s Girls in Hoodies podcast, and while there wasn’t much he’s able to reveal about his upcoming Star Wars movie, he did say the new series will very much lean on practical, rather than computer-generated, effects — a notable change of pace from George Lucas’ divisive prequels, and closer to the style of the original trilogy.

“They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome,” Johnson said. “I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick.”

“I probably sound like a grumpy old man talking about it,” Johnson continued. “I do wonder because I think kids are growing up watching those and that’s the thing that they love now, so I don’t know whether it is a generational thing, and it could be.”

Johnson’s Episode VIII won’t arrive until sometime in 2017. Before then, we have Abrams’ Episode VII to look forward to on Dec. 18, 2015, and Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spinoff on Dec. 16, 2016.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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