Rian Johnson, the director of Star Wars Episode VIII, has confirmed that Episode VII – under the direction of J.J. Abrams – will feature more practical effects, rather than CGI. Johnson recently appeared on the Girls in Hoodies podcast to discuss a variety of topics, including the new series Outlander, The Twilight Zone, gaming, and Star Wars.
Here’s some of what he had to say on the topic of Star Wars:
“They’re doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome. I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward 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.”
When asked about his own foray into the galaxy far, far away?
“[It’s] boring to talk about, because the only thing I can really say is, I’m just happy. I don’t have the terror I kind of expected I would, at least not yet. I’m sure I will at some point.”
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