By: Dominic Jones
Earlier this week, Lucasfilm revealed that the title for Star Wars Episode VIII is The Last Jedi, and today director Rian Johnson offered fans an update on the film's progress in an interview with Empire Magazine. Johnson spoke about the challenges when it comes to writing Star Wars dialogue, as well as what has surprised him the most about working on such a huge film.
On what state The Last Jedi is currently in, Johnson said,
"Great! We’re in the thick of editing, really digging into it. It’s taking shape and I’m very excited."
When asked about the challenges of writing Star Wars dialogue, Johnson told Empire,
"I found myself constantly wanting to push modern idioms into the dialogue, and sometimes that can work, but you have to be very careful. If you go too far you can break that Star Wars spell. The other challenge is the tech talk, which has to be simultaneously complex enough to sound real and conceptually simple enough to follow. The original films were brilliant at that."
Johnson also spoke about what the biggest surprise about working on Star Wars has been, saying,
"I guess the biggest surprise was the intimacy of the process. It’s huge, sure, and it’s filled with pressures great and small. But at the end of the day, it boils down to the same things as the smaller films we’ve made: telling a story we care about with a camera and some actors. And a Wookiee."
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th and stars Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, and Carrie Fisher.
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