The Hollywood Reporter ran a short article on Rian Johnson today in which he discusses Star Wars: Episode VII and VIII briefly:
“They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome,” Johnson said on the latest Girls in Hoodies podcast. “I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. 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,” Johnson continued. “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 don’t mind CGI at all. I think they’re still going to use it a lot. But if they don’t, that’s fine too. I just want the current trilogy to remain consistent and I think that’s what Rian Johnson is really saying. VII is using a very “real” style and Johnson will continue that.