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‘Star Wars 8’ Will Be Shot on Film

‘Star Wars 8’ Will Be Shot on Film

The director has expressed his desire to use practical effects in Star Wars: Episode VIII before, so the news that he will shoot the sequel on film doesn't come as a huge surprise. Still, it's nice to know that some traditions will still be kept intact, and that one will be reborn, since the sequel will be released in May 2017, after Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke the tradition of Star Wars movies always being released in May. While we wait for more concrete details on Star Wars: Episode VIII, take a look at director Rian Johnson's tweet below.

@LaRabiaCompany I really wanted to, but for some specific logistical reasons we're sticking with 35.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 10, 2015

Star Wars: Episode VIII comes to theaters May 26th, 2017.

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‘Star Wars 8’ Gets May 26, 2017 Release Date

‘Star Wars 8’ Gets May 26, 2017 Release Date

"Always in motion is the future," Yoda said. The future of the Star Wars cinematic galaxy, however, is taking shape. This morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosted a shareholder meeting where he announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Iger confirmed that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017 - forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in 1977. Johnson is widely considered one of cinema's most gifted young filmmakers, having directed the modern sci-fi classic, Looper, as well as Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He was also behind the camera for three episodes of the critically-acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad, including "Ozymandias", which series creator Vince Gilligan named as the best installment of the show.

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Terry Gilliam Talks ‘Star Wars 8’ with Director Rian Johnson

Terry Gilliam Talks ‘Star Wars 8’ with Director Rian Johnson

Director Rian Johnson, known for his cult classics Looper, The Brothers Bloom, and Brick, is a geek's geek. And nearly anyone who knows his work is ecstatic that he will be taking on Star Wars: Episode VIII and most likely the final chapter in this trilogy Star Wars: Episode IX. One of those fans who can't wait to see Rian Johnson's own interpretation of George Lucas' universe is iconic and legendary filmmaker in his own right Terry Gilliam. Recently, the two had a conversation about entering that galaxy far, far away, where Johnson opened up about the experience, explaining the emotion that is going into the project.

Terry Gilliam, a man who often has a hard time finding financing for his own projects, is about to release The Zero Theorem, in theaters this Friday. He appeared on the Talk House podcast, where he was joined by Rian Johnson. Mid-conversation, Terry Gilliam learns that Rian Johnson is taking on the huge responsibility of resurrecting the Star Wars universe after J.J. Abrams gets done with it.

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Mark Ruffalo Emails ‘Star Wars 8’ Director, Desperate to Be Cast

Mark Ruffalo Emails ‘Star Wars 8’ Director, Desperate to Be Cast

With just three feature films under his belt (Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper), writer-director Rian Johnson landed the gig of a lifetime back in June, when he was tapped to write and direct both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. With J.J. Abrams currently directing Star Wars: Episode VII, slated for release on December 18, 2015, we likely won't hear anything about the second two sequels for quite some time, although one actor revealed recently that he personally emailed the director in hopes of getting a Star Wars role.

Three years before he became the Hulk in Marvel's The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo played a con man in Rian Johnson's second feature, The Brothers Bloom. The actor says that he contacted the director directly, asking for any Star Wars part he would be willing to hand out.

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‘Star Wars 8’ Director Rian Johnson Talks Practical Effects and Fan Pressure

‘Star Wars 8’ Director Rian Johnson Talks Practical Effects and Fan Pressure

Yesterday was either a great day for Star Wars fans eagerly awaiting Episode VII, or a really bad one as Indie Revolver, Latino Review and Badass Digest divulged a Tsunami of spoilers, giving away pretty much the entire movie. From villains, to character flashbacks, to Stormtrooper designs and even Han Solo's wardrobe, nothing was left off the table of discussion. Of course, neither Disney nor Lucasfilm confirmed any of these leaks. If you're not the type of fan who wants to be spoiled, knowing the entire movie before buying your ticket, a new interview may be more your speed.

The director was then asked about fan pressure and how scary it is to take on such a huge project. Not at all, really, Rian Johnson reveals:"The most surprising thing is just how not scary and how much fun ... It's boring to talk about because the only thing I can really say is I'm just happy. But I don't have the terror that I kind of expected I would, at least not yet. I'm sure I will at some point.

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Director Rian Johnson Talks ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Inspiration

Director Rian Johnson Talks ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Inspiration

Rian Johnson is writing and director both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX. Though, that has yet to be officially confirmed by LucasFilm and Disney.

Star Wars: Episode VIII comes to theaters May 26th, 2017.

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Who Will Direct ‘Masters of the Universe’: Rian Johnson or Joe Cornish?

Who Will Direct ‘Masters of the Universe’: Rian Johnson or Joe Cornish?

Back in October, Universal Pictures' Masters of the Universe adaptation lost some steam when director Jon M. Chu backed out of the project, most likely due to signing on for G.I. Joe 3. We haven't heard anything about this project since then, but now we have word that the studio has compiled a short list of potential directors, including Rian Johnson (Looper), Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Andres Muschietti (Mama), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) and Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders (The Croods).

There is no word on which of these filmmakers may be the front runner at this time, but our report from October also noted that Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger) had come aboard to rewrite the script. It isn't clear if the writer is starting from scratch, or if he is incorporating elements from previous drafts by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) and the writing team of Alex Litvak and Michael Finch (Predators).

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EXCLUSIVE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rian Johnson Talk ‘Looper’

EXCLUSIVE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rian Johnson Talk ‘Looper’

The actor and his writer/director team up for a behind-the-scenes look at this sci-fi action thriller, in theaters this weekend.