Colin Trevorrow Wants to Shoot Star Wars Episode IX in Outer Space

Friday, 29 January 2016 - 3:46PM
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Friday, 29 January 2016 - 3:46PM
Colin Trevorrow Wants to Shoot Star Wars Episode IX in Outer Space
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Colin Trevorrow recently announced that he would be shooting Star Wars Episode IX on film rather than digital for the sake of realism, but now it looks like he wants to take realism to a whole new level. According to the director's most recent statements, he's looking to shoot the film "on location"—meaning in actual outer space. his reasoning is both tongue-in-cheek and familiarly geeky:
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"I could never shoot Star Wars on anything but [film] because it's a period film," Trevorrow said at a Sundance panel on the value of film (via THR). "It happened a long time ago!"
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This is a little bit of a joke, because while Star Wars does technically take place in the past, it obviously has a futuristic aesthetic. He's probably just partial to film because he thinks it looks less fake, as he stated that he didn't want to use digital for Jurassic World because he didn't want it to look like "two computers fighting each other."

But even more exciting is the news that he is looking to shoot the film in space, and it might actually happen:

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"I asked the question, 'Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film plates in actual space for Star Wars, and I haven't gotten an answer yet, but they've shot IMAX in space!"
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Films such as Gravity and Interstellar (and Star Wars, for that matter) have been praised for their realistic depictions of outer space, but they were specifically praised for their special effects. No film has ever shot in outer space or even used footage from outer space, which is actually a little bit surprising at this point. Christopher Nolan, who is a huge advocate for film and was on the same panel, revealed that he attempted to use footage from space in Interstellar.

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"Funny enough, we had that conversation with Interstellar," said Nolan. "There's incredible footage from space now."
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Interstellar wasn't that long ago, which might be an indicator that we aren't there yet, but then again, we have no idea how far along Nolan got in that process before either hitting a roadblock or giving up entirely. I don't think we can expect to see Daisy Ridley or John Boyega gearing up for a real spaceflight anytime soon, but there's a chance that some of the background shots could be credited to Hubble or Cassini.
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