Peter at /FILM has shared a really cool podcast featuring Terry Gilliam and Rian Johnson. Rian Johnson talks a lot about Star Wars: Episode VIII.
He mentions the fact he’s writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII and he’s just starting that process now.
Johnson talks a little about Kathleen Kennedy and says the most confidence building thing us fans could hope to hear:
“It’s a balance, yeah. … Well, that’s been the great thing about it — Kathleen and her whole creative team have been so insistent on all the filmmakers they’ve been hiring for these new movies: ‘We want you to take it and turn it into something that you really care about.’ And we’ll see how the process plays out, but so far, that’s a big part of the reason I’m in it. Because that just seems like their attitude towards it. It’s really exciting actually.”
That’s a big confidence builder right there. Speaking of confidence building: Jeremy at FuriousFanboys.com has heard a rumor that depicts the corporate side of Disney as being really afraid of the senate making a motion of “no confidence” in Chancellor Abrams:
Disney squashed it out of fear that people would see JJ not directing Episode VIII as a sign of no confidence in VII.
I have to say, my biggest confidence in Star Wars: Episode VII comes from the fact they hired Rian Johnson to make the next two films. That tells me they know what they’re doing and they’re hiring the right filmmakers for these stories. It is a confidence builder that Abrams is laying down the platform for which Rian Johnson will get to continue the story from. It is confidence building in that if there’s anything I don’t like about VII, VIII will have a different person, a great director, making the next two installments, which have to get deeper, scarier, and more involved with the characters.
A really interesting thing about the exchange between Gilliam and Johnson pertains to Yoda and bringing back Frank Oz:
“You kidding? How could you not. How could you not!”
That might mean we see Yoda and that’s what he plans to do. It almost might mean he didn’t want to explain to Gilliam, who isn’t a Star Wars fan, isn’t aware it was sold to Disney, about the intricacies of the story and why that isn’t possible or likely. Still, I can’t lie, I want to believe it means we’ll see the spirit of Yoda in Star Wars: Episode VII and VII.
As always, don’t listen to our second hand retelling of the conversation, hear it for yourself: