J.J. Abrams Wishes He Would Have Signed On For Star Wars Episode VIII

Thursday, 24 December 2015 - 6:42PM
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Thursday, 24 December 2015 - 6:42PM
J.J. Abrams Wishes He Would Have Signed On For Star Wars Episode VIII
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was without doubt a huge hit, not only at the box office, but also with fans and critics alike. It was able to recapture the magic of the original trilogy while keeping things modern and effectively adding new pieces and players to the Star Wars mythos. Of course, everyone who wasn't already in love with J.J. Abrams has fallen for him after seeing this film, which gave Star Wars lovers exactly what they've been waiting for throughout the past 33 years. Now after reading the script for Episode VIII, one of Abrams' deepest regrets is reportedly his decision not to take on Rey and Finn's next big adventure as well.

Greg Grunberg, Abrams' long time friend and co-worker, stated that Abrams "read [the script for Episode VIII] and said something he never, ever says" during an interview with The Washington Post. Apparently Abrams thought it was "so good" that he wished he'd written it himself. Grunberg went on to say "I never hear him express regret like that."

Though J.J. evidently has a massive amount of respect and trust for Episode VIII writer and director Rian Johnson, it's hard not to wish that he would have stayed on for this film too. There were so many different things that paralleled events from the original trilogy (and especially from 'A New Hope') in the story of the Force Awakens, but it was the directing that really shined. Episode VII was directed in a way that created the same feel from the original trilogy without being disingenuous. Abrams has shown he can make a Star Wars film worthy of the OT, and so it would have been greatly reassuring to the fans for him to have stayed on.

However, it's definitely good news that he liked the script so well. He's clearly got great taste when it comes to sci-fi stories, so the fact that the script made him have such a deep level of regret over not taking the job is undoubtedly a good sign concerning the quality. At the same time, a good script without the right director can only make a mediocre film at best. It would be similar to a comic book writer coming up with a masterful story only to have a less than masterful artist bringing his vision to life.

In the end, it can only be hoped that Johnson will have the same magic touch as J.J. One of the main reasons this film worked so well (and one of the main reasons the prequels didn't) was because it was able to replicate the same look and feel of the original trilogy to such a high degree. If Johnson can deliver in that regard, then Episode VIII has a real chance of recreating the success generated by the Force Awakens.
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