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J.J. Abrams Addresses Importance of Having a Star Wars Trilogy Plan

J.J. Abrams Addresses Importance of Having a Star Wars Trilogy Plan

J.J. Abrams has recently opened up about his work on the latest Star Wars trilogy. Abrams first directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens and set the tone for the next installments before leaving the helm to Rian Johnson for The Last Jedi. A series of events then brought Abrams back for The Rise of Skywalker. While the trilogy has been a box-office success, many fans felt that there had been some unplanned changes that affected the outcome. In a recent interview with Collider, the director talked about the importance of having the final destination in mind (via SuperHeroHype).

“I feel like what I’ve learned as a lesson a few times now, and it’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 there’s nothing more important than knowing where you’re going.”

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Abrams also said that sometimes you have to deal with the discrepancy between what you planned and what fans want, following what they saw.

“You just never really know, but having a plan I have learned – in some cases the hard way – is the most critical thing, because otherwise, you don’t know what you’re setting up. You don’t know what to emphasize. Because if you don’t know the inevitable of the story, you’re just as good as your last sequence or effect or joke or whatever, but you want to be leading to something inevitable.”

Do you believe that J.J. Abrams stuck to his words in the new Star Wars trilogy? Let us know in the comments section below.

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