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Abrams Sheds Light On How Critical A Plan Is When Looking Back At Star Wars
J.J. Abrams directed 2015’s Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens and 2019’s Star Wars Episode IX The Rise Of Skywalker. However, the latter was chastised badly by both fans and critics alike. As a self-proclaimed fan of the franchise, I reviewed the movie and found it to be one of the worst in the entire history of Star Wars.
It’s clear now (and even back then) that Disney and Lucasfilm didn’t have a solid plan or framework to base an entire trilogy on. They could have used the rough draft already written by George Lucas himself, but they ultimately didn’t and we all know how that turned out.
Speaking with Collider, J.J. Abrams looks back on Star Wars and admits that one of the lessons he’s learnt is that having a plan is critical.
â€œIâ€™ve been involved in a number of projects that have been â€“ in most cases, series â€“ that have ideas that begin the thing where you feel like you know where itâ€™s gonna go, and sometimes itâ€™s an actor who comes in, other times itâ€™s a relationship that as-written doesnâ€™t quite work, and things that you think are gonna just be so well-received just crash and burn and other things that you think like, â€˜Oh thatâ€™s a small momentâ€™ or â€˜Thatâ€™s a one-episode characterâ€™ suddenly become a hugely important part of the story.
I feel like what Iâ€™ve learned as a lesson a few times now, and itâ€™s something that especially in this pandemic year working with writers [has become clear], the lesson is that you have to plan things as best you can, and you always need to be able to respond to the unexpected.
And the unexpected can come in all sorts of forms, and I do think that thereâ€™s nothing more important than knowing where youâ€™re going.
â€œYou just never really know, but having a plan I have learned â€“ in some cases the hard way â€“ is the most critical thing, because otherwise you donâ€™t know what youâ€™re setting up. You donâ€™t know what to emphasize. Because if you donâ€™t know the inevitable of the story, youâ€™re just as good as your last sequence or effect or joke or whatever, but you want to be leading to something inevitable.â€
In the meantime, check outÂ my top tenÂ Star WarsÂ characters of all time, orÂ head on over here for when our very own Mr. Toffee reflected back on whether the much-maligned Star Wars Sequel trilogy deserved all the hate.