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 Girls in Hoodies podcast had Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX director Rian Johnson on to talk about his involvement in the new series Outlander, which was renewed for a second season yesterday. Of course talk turned to his upcoming Lucasfilm sequel. While he surely wouldn't ever let a couple of plot details slip, he did talk about the necessity of practical effects as Disney resurrects one of the world's most beloved franchises for the big screen.
"They're doing so much practical building for this one. It's awesome. They're doing it all right, yeah ... I think people are coming back around to [practical effects], yeah, it feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back towards 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, but the thing is, 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."
"I think a little bit. Right now they're shooting in London, which is why actually I was in London, for reals ... Yeah, I think I'm definitely gonna go back. Visiting a set that you're not working on though, I always feel kind of uncomfortable, not because anyone makes you feel uncomfortable at all, but just like, if you don't have a job on the set, the set is a really strange place to be on."
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.
Like if there'd been no Star Wars movies since Return of the Jedi, there'd be a lot more pressure, but the fact we've had them, we've had the prequels, we've had the TV shows, we've had Angry Birds Star Wars ... I play it all the time!"