Colin Trevorrow Asked Rian Johnson to Add a Scene to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Not that long ago, we learned that Rian Johnson asked J. J. Abrams to make an adjustment to Star Wars: The Force Awakens during filming in order to suit the story he was developing for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now, we’ve learned that Star Wars Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow similarly asked for a tweak from Johnson in the form of a new scene that could set up a plot point for the final chapter in the Sequel Trilogy.

 

 

Speaking to MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Colin Trevorrow explained that he wanted Rian Johnson to make a slight tweak to his movie for the sake of developing the story of the Sequel Trilogy’s conclusion:

 

Happy Sad Confused: Rian has said that he asked J. J. to make a small change to Force Awakens where he wanted R2 to go with Rey to the planet [Ahch-To]. Is there anything similar where you asked Rian to make a change, or adjust something, or “Hey, could you do this, because I have an idea for something in Episode IX that’ll pay off?”

Colin Trevorrow: There was one little thing. It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just “Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?” And he did, which was great. But, y’know, it’s part of the collaborative process that exists – everyone is in communication. There’s such a genuine want to get this right from everybody, and I think that one of the misconceptions is that there’s some kind of great corporate overlord that is dictating this story to everybody, and that’s what it’s going to be because that’s going to sell the most toys. The reality of it is that it’s a small group of people, but it’s actually, y’know, kind of large when you think about it – and none of them are corporate, all of them are creatives and all of them are genuinely, very sincerely, wanting to do the work of their lives in order to realize this.

 

Trevorrow also emphasized that the Lucasfilm team are focused on working on quality projects over fitting films to certain release dates. He also mentioned that the script he and Derek Connolly are writing is still in active development and that filming will begin next year.

 

 

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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

110 thoughts on “Colin Trevorrow Asked Rian Johnson to Add a Scene to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

  • June 19, 2017 at 5:17 pm
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    A bantha scene! YES!!!

  • June 19, 2017 at 5:49 pm
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    A dinosaur eating leia…

  • June 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm
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    “there’s some kind of great corporate overlord that is dictating this story to everybody, and that’s what it’s going to be because that’s going to sell the most toys.” Funny how he brought that up out of nowhere…

    • June 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm
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      Yeah b/c it’s what know-nothing fans say all the time.

  • June 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm
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    “Hey, Rian….Could you do me a solid and blow up that ship we saw Leia get on earlier? That would be greeeeeaat!”

  • June 19, 2017 at 6:32 pm
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    Trevorrow seems like a really nice guy, but he isn’t cut out for this. Jurassic World wasn’t good and Book of Henry was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. It’s time for Lucasfilm to cut him loose and get someone who’s qualified for the job.

    • June 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm
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      i think the same way, but disney is not going to change director now, he probably has the script finished …unless is total garbage he will stay

      • June 19, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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        I’m really worried about that too. 2 bombs in a row doesn’t bode well for Episode 9

        • June 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm
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          Quit worrying. No script he submits happens without LFL approval.

          • June 19, 2017 at 8:58 pm
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            The Book of Henry & Jurrasic Park. Well, I know a lot of people liked Jurrasic Park. Half in the Bag review = the same thoughts I had.
            I did like his 1st film though… I guess we’ll see.

          • June 19, 2017 at 9:12 pm
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            Yeah I enjoy RLM a lot as well. I didn’t like Jurassic World personally but it wasn’t that I hated it. And regardless of what my personal feelings on it are, it was by no means a bomb… not even in the slightest metaphorical sense. Book of Henry didn’t do so well. But I don’t understand why people are up in arms. Spielberg is arguably the greatest director in the world and even HE has a bad day at the office. If your boss judged your performance based on the most recent mistake you made as opposed to your entire work history I’m sure you’d think that is unfair. If we were to say its fair judge the future of every child based on the most recent mistake they made I’m pretty sure we’d all agree that is a load of bull. Safety Not Guaranteed was great. Jurassic World was good if not great. Book of Henry was meh. 2 out of 3 and now he doesn’t deserve to direct his next project? Or is it that he can direct whatever he wants.. just don’t touch Star Wars? This isn’t really directed toward you Aras as much as it is everyone else getting upset. If they’re prepared to say this is a just and logical way to react and judge, then they should be ready to apply the same judgement to themselves.

          • June 19, 2017 at 9:54 pm
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            Colin Trevorrow has never made a movie half as good as Steven Spielberg’s worst movie, and Steven Spielberg has never made a movie half as bad as The Book of Henry.

          • June 19, 2017 at 11:31 pm
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            I’m not quantifying anything. I’m just saying if you’re prepared to assume that is a logical path of reason then do not be upset if people dare to apply the same to you. Perhaps we should start keeping tabs on people throughout their lives as to how they perform. Clearly there are plenty of people who’ve never performed as badly as you in certain situations and you’ve never held a candle to them so we should make sure to place you in your according caste and apply the same to everyone else because skill and progress in life is very linear and defined by single moments instead of a life of work.

          • June 19, 2017 at 11:35 pm
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            Out of all the current saga film directors my excitement goes from Johnson, to Abrams, to least of all Trevorrow. I didn’t like Jurassic World. But even though I’m not excited for him as a director to helm a Star Wars project I still am logical enough to understand that people are being so ridiculous quantifying apples and oranges when it comes to Book Of Henry. Come on. Find something else to be upset about.

          • June 20, 2017 at 12:15 am
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            Have you seen Book of Henry? See Book of Henry and then tell me this guy is qualified for the job.

          • June 20, 2017 at 12:23 am
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            Nah I mentioned in an earlier post I’m watchin it this Thursday. My argument was just that I’ve seen Jurassic World and Safety… even if Henry is shite it’s still a 2/3. Episode 9 and Henry are not the same films with the same production teams attached. They’re very, very different. What everyone seems to be saying is because Henry was bad, it doesn’t matter what Trevorrow’s next film is… it’s going to be bad. This doesn’t seem like a fair argument. And I didn’t even want him to be a director on Star Wars. I’m not arguing for the merits of the dude, I’m just saying the line of thought is flawed. I’d much rather someone else be on the project but that was from the moment I heard he was attached because I personally don’t think he’s anywhere near skilled enough to follow in Rian Johnson’s footsteps.

          • June 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm
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            The Book of Henry is not his script. It’s a 20 year old screenplay he directed.

            And none of this addresses my initial point: LFL has final approval.

        • June 19, 2017 at 8:38 pm
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          Just out of interest… what are the two bombs?

          • June 20, 2017 at 4:51 am
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            I think he means Book of Henry which has 25% on rotten tomatoes and only made £1 million in ticket sales. But Jurassic World did okay critically and made a lot of money. I don’t view that as a bomb even though I didn’t like it personally.

          • June 20, 2017 at 9:48 am
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            @ LastOfTheDeji,
            One point I was going to mention… you brought up Spielberg as an example… but I think you neglected to consider the most important factor regarding your own point:

            *Spielberg’s films by and large stand the test of time

            vs.

            *10 or 15 years from now Jurassic World will be the forgotten film sitting in the 1 $ bin in the video rental store (if those could exist that far in the future). Already You can buy it for 7 -to- 10 bucks used!

            If he played a similar role to the one that Marquand did for ROTJ… I wouldn’t be worried. But that’s not the case here.

      • June 19, 2017 at 9:53 pm
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        I don’t think it’s likely, but Lucasfilm fired Josh Trank. And Trevorrow is a much worse director than him. It’s certainly a possibility that if he turns in an awful script, Kennedy will decide to push the release date back and hire a better director.

        • June 19, 2017 at 10:52 pm
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          No, it’s not.

          • June 19, 2017 at 11:04 pm
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            I said it’s possible, not that it’s likely. But I’m sure you’d know better, given that you work at Lucasfilm or some shit. Stop being condescending.

          • June 20, 2017 at 12:16 am
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            He can’t help himself, he does it to everyone. Its called being a dick.

          • June 20, 2017 at 1:53 am
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            I simply said “No, it’s not.”

            How is that condescending? It’s not remotely likely because Kathleen Kennedy likely has seen Book of Henry, which finished filming in 2015. You don’t think she did her homework?

            Also, since Trevorrow has finished multiple drafts of Episode IX at this point (And, as we see above, had Johnson film a scene for it in Episode VIII), the odds of them starting from scratch and delaying things are virtually nil, to the point of nonexistence.

            LFL is working with him on the movie. It’s in safe hands. No changes will be made at this point.

            That’s not me knowing better because I “work at Lucasfilm or some shit.”

            That’s me knowing better because I use logic and reason.

            Something you clearly lack.

            Now THAT was condescension.

    • June 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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      His writing partner is the guy who penned “Monster Trucks”, a movie that somehow received better Rotten Tomatoes scores from the critics than “Book of Henry”. Yikes.

      • June 19, 2017 at 8:15 pm
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        And James Cameron once made a Piranha movie. Point being?

        • June 19, 2017 at 10:32 pm
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          By the time Cameron was Trevorrow’s age, he had filmed The Terminator, Terminator II, The Abyss, True Lies, and was well into production of Titanic. Trevorrow ain’t no Cameron.

          Trevorrow was given the keys to IX presumably because the Jurassic Park carbon copy made a big ole pile of money. It was a forgettable film with forgettable characters. Most impressively, Trevorrow was able to suck the charisma out of Chris Pratt.

          You’d be hard-pressed to find someone overly concerned with Johnson helming Episode VIII. And the main reason for optimism around the Han Solo origin film is the creative team that’s been tasked with bringing it to the big screen. But a lot of people are concerned about Trevorrow…and there’s a reason why.

          • June 19, 2017 at 10:49 pm
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            Age is one thing. He has had great success with 2 out of 3 movies so far. People sometimes make a bad movie was my point.

            Chris Pratt was still pretty great in that movie to me. I didn’t see an issue.

            Believe me, the opinions of a majority on the internet don’t concern me much given how often they have fretted and been wrong so many times before.

            Just more proof they don’t understand the process of moviemaking.

          • June 20, 2017 at 12:00 am
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            The industry singificantly changed since the 80s and 90s. It’s much harder to create something like the Terminator today, when a blockbuster is released almost every week…

          • June 20, 2017 at 4:49 am
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            And Aliens which is awesome

    • June 19, 2017 at 8:15 pm
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      Jurassic World was a fun movie that made a ton of money. Book of Henry was not written by him.
      Lucasfilm isn’t cutting him loose.

      • June 19, 2017 at 9:49 pm
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        I really like the new Star Wars movies. I’m really hoping they all turn out good. But I’m not going to be blindly optimistic about a director who’s made one incredibly mediocre movie, one awful movie, and one mind-bogglingly terrible piece of trash. Especially when all three of those films display a disturbing tendency to sideline and abuse female characters. I don’t want this man in charge of the conclusion of Rey’s story, and I certainly don’t want him in charge of a goodbye to Princess Leia.

        • June 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm
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          ok. I am going to be cautiously optimistic because these movies are not made in a vacuum. He will have LFL with him every step of the way.

          Aside from heels, there was nothing “abusive” to females in Jurassic World, a movie I found to be a great time and a surprising hit.

          What you want is entirely beside the point because LFL and the Story Group, which is run by women, seems to have confidence in him.
          But as a man, I guess you know better.

          • June 19, 2017 at 10:28 pm
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            If you don’t trust my word, I know plenty of women who found the film offensive, and Book of Henry takes it to a whole other extreme. This is a pattern with Trevorrow. It’s not okay.

            Here are a few links to articles about the way Trevorrow’s script for Jurassic Word punishes and attacks women for doing their job.
            http://msmagazine.com/blog/2015/06/18/jurassic-world-is-prehistorically-sexist/
            http://www.vulture.com/2015/06/jurassic-world-feminism.html
            https://www.google.com/amp/amp.dailydot.com/via/jurassic-world-sexism-controversy-women/
            https://www.bitchmedia.org/post/the-five-most-sexist-moments-in-jurassic-world
            http://www.thedailybeast.com/jurassic-world-a-big-dumb-sexist-mess

            These are articles written by women. But as a man, I guess you know better.

          • June 19, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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            Book of Henry was not written by him, though that doesn’t excuse any possible sexist behavior. But sometimes sexist stuff happens in real life and depicting it isn’t endorsement. A lot of people have issues understanding that these days, so pardon me if I don’t wring my hands the way so many do.
            Yes, I read them all when it came out. And I disagreed with them.

            The difference is, those women and I looked at something and had a different opinion about it. LFL knows plenty about Episode IX that you don’t, but you seem to know better without having seen what they have.

            So…see the difference?

          • June 19, 2017 at 11:02 pm
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            Buddy, you clearly haven’t seen Book of Henry. The sexist stuff in it isn’t “Oh, sexist stuff happens in real life!” It’s condescending nonsense, male fantasy bullshit that doesn’t make any sense within the movie or outside of it. And Trevorrow PICKED this script. I don’t care if he didn’t write it. He thought it was a great script and decided to use his studio cachet coming off of the third-highest grossing movie of all time to make this fucked up little thing. Go see it and get back to me.

      • June 20, 2017 at 7:17 pm
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        Let’s be honest, a fun but superficial movie like Jurassic World is fun to watch once or twice but not movie you want to watch over and over for decades. I just can’t wrap my head around the idea that out of all the great directors out there he’s the one who got the job with a portfolio that is not only incredibly short but also average at best. Hiring to direct Ep. 9 doesn’t automatically mean it will turn out bad. But why take such a big risk?

        • June 20, 2017 at 7:26 pm
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          “a fun but superficial movie…is fun to watch once or twice but not movie you want to watch over and over for decades.”
          .
          You’ve just described TFA. I think you need to come to terms with the fact that Disney is approaching SW much as they do Marvel – it’s a revenue stream, not primarily a creative endeavor. A middle of the road director who will do what they’re told, not make a weird movie that challenges the fans in any way, and most importantly DOESN’T put the franchise at risk is EXACTLY what they want. As long as it reads as “fun” during the theatrical run, they’re happy.

          • June 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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            TFA plays in a completely different league than Jurassic World so for me your argument doesn’t make sense. By now you should have learned that your negative opinion about TFA is not what the majority of people think.

        • June 20, 2017 at 10:35 pm
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          They obviously spoke to him and vetted him and liked what they heard. They have been hitting it right so far, so until they mess up, they get the benefit of the doubt from me.

    • June 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm
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      JW did exactly what it was supposed to do. It’s not high art, but Trevorrow did exactly the job he was paid to do – restart the franchise, bring the film in on time and on budget, listen to the studio, and produce something financially viable that could lead to more JP movies. He’s EXACTLY what LFL/Disney is looking for in a SW episode director.

      • June 20, 2017 at 7:34 pm
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        That’s just the thing though; the only other directors they’ve hired who fit that description are Abrams and Edwards. The more recent hires of Lord/Miller and Johnson both came out of left field in a really refreshing way. Star Wars will make money no matter what; they might as well pick someone interesting instead of someone reliable and untalented.

  • June 19, 2017 at 7:28 pm
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    Of all the brilliant filmakers that Disney/Lucasfilm could have offered this job to… Why the guy that made Jurassic World? a mindless popcorn movie whose only merit is succeeding at the box office?

    I believe that Disney’s criteria for choosing directors is based on their ability to resuscitate a franchise that Spielberg started.

    • June 19, 2017 at 7:32 pm
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      What makes you think that the “brilliant filmmakers” want to do Star Wars? Remember that Kennedy asked a bunch of other filmmakers before convincing JJ to direct TFA, and they turned her down? And we are now on the 3rd post-JJ director. So it’s not like the best in the business are tripping over one another to direct these things.

      • June 19, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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        Good point. So are you telling me this is the best they could find?

        • June 19, 2017 at 7:42 pm
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          Who’s “the best in the business”? I can’t think of a better pick than Rian Johnson.

          • June 19, 2017 at 8:55 pm
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            Several of these directors have retired, (scorcese & Miyazaki) & a lot of them are terrible. I’ve seen 4 Clint Eastwood movies and they all suck. The ones that don’t suck (Herzog, Coen brothers, Chan Won Park) wouldn’t be a good fit for Star Wars anyway.

            Rian has 3 good films under his belt… he should be on that list. Sofia Coppola has one good film & she made it on that list.

          • June 19, 2017 at 9:54 pm
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            Obviously, I didn’t mean every single one of those people could direct Star Wars. It’s simply a list of directors considered to be the “best in the business.” Of those that could potentially make a good SW film:

            Brad Bird
            Sam Raimi
            Ang Lee
            Christopher Nolan
            Alfonso Cuaron
            Peter Jackson
            Guillermo Del Toro
            Joss Whedon

          • June 20, 2017 at 7:17 pm
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            Yes – He’s got the right visual mind to tackle a SW film. So disappointed when he turned E7 down.=
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            Yes – fun choice. He can be hit or miss, but I can see him handling the light tone SW demands well without winking at the audience.
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            No – too cerebral for SW
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            No – Too cold and navel-gazey for SW
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            Yes – Love, LOVE the way he handles young actors. HEY! maybe a Cassian prequel to get them back together!!
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            No – Jesus no, not unless someone else gets final cut. Aint NOBODY got time to sit through a 4 hour Star Wars movie that doesn’t go anywhere.
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            No – can’t seem to tell a decent story lately because he’s too busy fetishizing his design work
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            HOLY FUCK NO

          • June 20, 2017 at 8:03 pm
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            Jackson has made plenty of films under 2 1/2 hours. He bloated the Tolkien movies because there was an excess of source material and he wanted to cover everything rather than trim. But you can’t deny the man knows how to make epic fantasy films well and bring in incredibly talented people to work with him. He has been brutally honest about how the Hobbit was rushed into production and then stretched into 3 movies by the production company. But given enough time, I think he could come up with something good.

          • June 21, 2017 at 1:24 am
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            Jackson said himself that he was doing two movies but went to the studio and said that he has enough material for three and they have given it to him. His own words. Misteriously now there goes around the net that it´s the studio calls…. 🙂

          • June 21, 2017 at 1:20 am
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            Peter Jackson? Have you seen the Hobbit moviea? Especially part 2 and 3? 🙂

          • June 20, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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            Scorcese is not retired at all.

          • June 21, 2017 at 3:08 pm
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            No, he is going to direct The Irishman with de Niro and Pesci next.

          • June 20, 2017 at 4:39 am
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            Christopher Nolan, Scorsese and Tarantino

        • June 19, 2017 at 8:08 pm
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          I think it’s presumptive that every director wants to do SW.

      • June 19, 2017 at 8:46 pm
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        I would imagine a director would need to be quite brave to take on SW, as the first one to receive a resounding negative review may be attacked for killing off SW and thus ending their career.

          • June 20, 2017 at 12:04 am
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            uh oh….

          • June 20, 2017 at 1:28 am
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            Trank wasn’t directing Ep9. He was going to direct the Bounty Hunter/Boba Fett movie, which they were going to announce at celebration that year but after what went down on FF4 they dropped him and put that movie on the back burner. They decided to move ahead with RO and the Solo movie instead. I’m not worried about him directing Ep9.

      • June 19, 2017 at 9:13 pm
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        There’s a difference, though, between directors being hesitant to helm the very first of the new generation of Star Wars films (which was the case with J.J. and TFA), and directors not wanting to direct Star Wars films at all. I hardly think that KK and company were sitting there saying, “Welp, it’s either Trevorrow or we don’t have a director. May as well punt on Episode IX and hope for the best.”

        He may end up making a perfectly serviceable SW film for all we know. But what track record he does have doesn’t exactly inspire an overwhelming sense of confidence at this point. Especially considering the curveball that Carrie’s death obviously threw at the production.

      • June 19, 2017 at 11:20 pm
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        I’m sure there are many directors that could do a great job with IX, but my fav would have been J.A. Bayona.

        • June 20, 2017 at 2:31 am
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          Matthew Vaughn

        • June 20, 2017 at 7:41 am
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          Funny thing is, Bayone is actually directing Jurassic World 2.

          • June 21, 2017 at 11:55 am
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            Yes. As good as the best dark humor.

      • June 19, 2017 at 11:59 pm
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        Most directors did not want to be involved with making the FIRST film to reboot the franchise…it was not because they didnt want to make a star wars movie per say…but they did not want to be responsible for ruining the franchise if Episode 7 sucked….which it kind of actually ended up sucking for the most part…but nobody really cared so now everyone wants to direct one… lol

    • June 19, 2017 at 8:14 pm
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      Yawn

    • June 19, 2017 at 9:18 pm
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      So if reviews and box-office don’t count for a film being good then what does?

      • June 19, 2017 at 11:56 pm
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        reviews? lol every review of Jurrasic World i have ever seen were bad….

        • June 20, 2017 at 4:33 am
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          So was his film Book of Henry. Really bad reviews. Safety not guaranteed did well though

        • June 20, 2017 at 11:11 am
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          Guess you never saw rottentomatoes.com which compiles them

          • June 20, 2017 at 6:54 pm
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            Well to be fair his movies are rapidly getting worse and after only three movies he has an average rating of 60% which is pretty bad for someone supposed to direct the epic finale of the (arguable) most famous franchise in movie history. For Episode 9 I expected someone with the professionalism and experience of Christopher Nolan or James Cameron and not what looks like to be a onehit wonder. Average is just not good enough for SW which is why I am worried depsite the fact that I loved TFA.

        • June 20, 2017 at 6:47 pm
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          You clearly didn’t look hard.

      • June 20, 2017 at 2:19 am
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        ROTS, for example, got good reviews and it made a lot of money.

        • June 20, 2017 at 11:10 am
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          TFA got mostly good reviews and made a lot of money too

    • June 19, 2017 at 10:57 pm
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      He had a really bad misstep with what he said about female directors not wanting to film blockbusters too. You get the feeling if the Josh Trank thing hadn’t happen with the unnamed spinoff, Trevorrow would have been bounced. He had better not screw this up.

    • June 19, 2017 at 11:54 pm
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      Disney did not choose him..He got the job simply because he is good friends with Kathleen Kennedy and her husband Frank Marshall. Kathleen hired him personally. She flippin raves about the work he and frank did on Jurrasic World..even tho it was a two hour piece of trash..hopefully he is just a yes man and doesnt actually direct this movie by himself…all of his movies suck

      • June 20, 2017 at 6:46 pm
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        lol, ok, kid.

      • June 21, 2017 at 7:25 am
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        Clearly you haven’t seen Safety Not Guaranteed. I’d give it a 9/10.

    • June 20, 2017 at 12:05 am
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      The “brilliant filmmakers” don’t have the guts to do Star Wars. They know very well since Lucas and the prequels that it’s a very sensitive franchise.
      Ep VII was offered to basically everyone, but all of them chickened out…

      • June 20, 2017 at 5:40 am
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        Can’t really blame them considering how tied their hands would be if they did.

        • June 20, 2017 at 9:45 am
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          Would it really be? I mean of course it could be, only those involved know, but so far evidence points to the opposite, imo. Considering how Michael Arndt originally wanted Luke to join Rey in the middle of ep VII and then how he changed basically the entire story rather proves that he had quite the creative freedom…

          Also considering how Mark Hamill disagreed with the treatment of Luke in ep VIII (so, it’s probably not the pleasant version the fans want) also rather proves that they’re allowed to bend even the old big characters into their own and new direction.

          • June 21, 2017 at 1:15 am
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            Michael Arndt didn´t “change the entire story”. Luke was supposed to meet Rey in the first third of the mo´vie, but Arnds didn´t know what to do next. nothing seemed to fit, plus time was running off. So he walked away / was walked away..

          • June 21, 2017 at 4:03 pm
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            He did change the story. After the original plan of having Luke meet Rey he changed him to be the MacGuffin of the story. After he walked away JJ and co. continued this path. Luke having little to no screentime vs Luke joining Rey in the middle of the movie is gargantuous difference and indicates quite the creative freedom.

        • June 21, 2017 at 7:21 am
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          How were Abrahms’ hands tied? Disney wiped about 99% of the Expanded Universe’s material off the timeline in order to make “room” for TFA to exist. Although Lucas gave Disney-Lucasfilm guidance very early in the project, Abrahms was free to do whatever he wanted.

          What he really wanted to do was create a film reminiscent of the OT as an opportunity to introduce the new characters and start saying goodbye to the old ones. To that extent, he succeeded.

          I never understood how/why so many men look down on women taking center stage in the new movies. With a franchise as forward-thinking as Star Wars, it’s only fitting that performers from different walks of life get films centered on their characters. If nothing else, it creates eye candy for the viewers in a franchise that’s largely been a sausage-fest since 1976.

    • June 20, 2017 at 12:07 am
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      Trevorrow I think is a solid director, but as of now, I find him the second weakest. I will still take any of his work over JJ Abrams. But really, I will agree with DENKA129 that he was thrown a big curveball with Carrie Fisher’s death and his track record. JW, is a film I am mixed on. I do think it was a well-shot film, minus the CGI Dinosaurs(which wasn’t his fault. It was the producers. Look it up) but its story was derivative and very risk adverse. Like TFA’s. 🙂

      But regardless, I do think he will surprise us. I make it no surprise that TLJ was always going to be my most hyped film as I do love Rian Johnson(Looper is in my top five favorite films of all time), but Trevorrow I wouldn’t be quick to push away him for Episode Nine. Heck, I think he is a better choice Richard Marquand. And I do love ROTJ, so I am not knocking him.

      • June 20, 2017 at 2:32 am
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        It’s not his directing I worry about, it’s his writing.

        • June 20, 2017 at 4:32 am
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          Treverows writing is pretty bad. I was happier when Rian WS going to write episode 9 but now I’m very very worried about episode 9 now that Trevorow will both write and direct it. I hope and pray it’s a good film
          I will say so if it is.

      • June 20, 2017 at 4:29 am
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        JJ Abraham’s is an excellent director. Loved Mission Impossible 3, The Force Awakens and Star Trek. Really enjoyed Super 8. I don’t see what Treverow has done that’s better than JJ best work. JJ consistently gets 80-90% for all 5 films he has directed on rotten tomatoes. Safety not guaranteed was good, jurassic world was okay, Book of Henry was absolutely terrible. I’d prefer JJ over Treverow any day

    • June 20, 2017 at 7:04 pm
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      “a mindless popcorn movie whose only merit is succeeding at the box office?”
      Have you just answered your own question, Barry? Yes you have other Barry…yes you have.

      • June 21, 2017 at 7:13 am
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        Jurassic World definitely played it safe, but it’s visually stunning and the performance from the cast is solid. I’d give it about a 7.

  • June 19, 2017 at 9:50 pm
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    Episode nine needs a musical number. Kylo Ren doing a heartbreaking rendition of “cat’s in the cradle”.

    • June 20, 2017 at 5:42 am
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      Also needs more meta jokes, DIVERSITY!, sand planets, girl power, real sets & practical effects, and celeb cameos.

      • June 20, 2017 at 7:39 am
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        And this comment section need more irrelevant, whining comments.

        *wink wink*

      • June 20, 2017 at 6:46 pm
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        It’s clear this white man is very unhappy

  • June 20, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    Funny, nothing in Trevorrow’s says to me that he asked Rian to add an entire scene to TLJ, as the article’s title claims. All he says he asked for was for Rian to shoot something extra while he was already at a site. This could simply be a background landscape shot that Trevorrow wants to use in E9. No way of knowing.

  • June 20, 2017 at 6:06 am
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    NO mention on here of the real cause of Fisher’s death?

    • June 20, 2017 at 6:08 am
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      A little gossipy maybe but more of a story than this one.

    • June 20, 2017 at 6:15 am
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      Sleep apnia? I know what you have in mind, but you should read the news stories more carefully: there was cocaine and MDMA in her bloodstream, but the coroner didn’t cite these as causes of death. The cause was described as complications from sleep apnia.

  • June 20, 2017 at 7:38 am
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    Just more Ahch-to stuff, in all likelihood.

  • June 20, 2017 at 10:21 pm
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    It wasn’t an adjustment, it was just “Could you shoot this one extra thing while you’re in this place on this day?”

    This sounds to me like footage to be used in Ep 9, not 8. He said it’s not an adjustment but that he wanted the footage. Perhaps involving a location / setup that he wants to briefly use in 9, that they otherwise won’t be shooting? Like a flashback to an event in 8 where we get more details. So shooting it as part of 8 saves money, not having to get everything together again for something small but important in 9.

  • June 21, 2017 at 7:29 am
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    Did I see a different version of TFA than everyone else did? I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was a great way to resuscitate the franchise.

    • June 21, 2017 at 8:50 am
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      The mainstream opinion about TFA is extremely positive, it’s just that edgy Star Wars fans like to complain about things that don’t matter so that they can feel special.Don’t let it bother you.

      • June 22, 2017 at 1:02 am
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        I’m a Star Wars fan as well. I’ve seen all the movies and the TCW film/TV cartoon, and I’ve devoured everything that’s been released since the Great Retcon. Although some of it isn’t quite as good as what we expect from Lucasfilm, there’s people who think that the new stuff is the worst thing to happen this millennium. I will never truly wrap my mind around it.

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