JJ Abrams admits the latest Star Wars trilogy lacked a plan

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“I believe that there is nothing more important than knowing from the start, where you want to go…”

Update of May 30, 2022: TMC continues to broadcast the saga Star Wars… but skipping a few episodes! Starting a few weeks ago with Episode I, The Phantom Menacethe channel offered a blockbuster every Monday evening until Return of the Jedi (#6) last weekbut tonight, place at the very last, the 9th opus directed by JJ Abrams and released in cinemas in December 2019. The Rise of Skywalker received a mixed reception upon its release, both from fans and critics. In May 2021, its director returned to this reception, explaining that he had learned the lesson. According to him, the last trilogy lacked“a map”, and this notably impacted its final episode. Indeed, after realizing The force awakensin 2015, he handed over the director’s job to Rian Johnson, who tweaked many plot elements to surprise Star Wars fans with The Last Jedi (2017). Ambitious choices that weighed on the smooth running of the plot, when Abrams took over the controls for Star Wars 9. Here is what he explained at the time.

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Interview of May 27, 2021: Although the third trilogy Star Wars was a massive hit at the worldwide box office, grossing $4.4 billion, it left a funny feeling among fans. The least we can say is that The force awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker were three disjointed stories. Leaving the feeling that there was not really a wide shot at the start. The filmmaker and producer, JJ Abramsassumes and in a recent interview with Colliderhe admits:

“It’s a lesson I’ve learned many times in my career, even more so in this pandemic year: it’s important to have a plan, to plan things out as best you can, and to always be able to respond to the unexpected. And the unexpected can take all kinds of forms. In the end, I believe that there is nothing more important than knowing from the start, where you want to go (with a movie).”

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In addition, JJ Abrams also explains that, sometimes, you have to accept that the planned plan does not correspond to what the fans expected:

“You never really know how it’s going to turn out… But I’ve learned – and sometimes the hard way – that having a plan is the most essential thing. Otherwise, you don’t know what you’re putting in place. You don’t know what to emphasize, and if you don’t know the inescapable story (of the movie), you’re only worth your last action sequence, your last special effect or joke or whatever. But what we really want (with a film) is to bring the story to something inevitable…”

Indeed, we say to ourselves that, perhaps, the last trilogy Star Wars would have gained in coherence, if a clear plan had been established from the start.

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