Ever since the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson has been vocal about his feelings towards fan reactions to his approach to the film. In fact, he has opened more discussions about it after he was hired to direct an entirely new trilogy in the Star Wars saga. It turns out that despite the backlash he has received for The Last Jedi, he assures that this will not change his approach to this upcoming trilogy.
In an interview with Fandango managing editor Erik Davis at this year’s SXSW, Johnson stated that opinions from his detractors will not affect how he will make this trilogy. Additionally, he mentions that the storytelling process would be nearly impossible if he decided to consider everything fans wanted, especially when the story will be part of the Star Wars saga. The video in which Johnson explains his viewpoint can be seen below:
Given the responses to the interview, it is clear that some fans have strong ideas about what they would like to see in Johnson’s trilogy. However, based on how these same fans reacted to Johnson’s contributions to the series as of yet, it is also clear that he will ignore these reactions if his ideas satisfy him and the producers. After all, The Last Jedi‘s divisive reviews still leaned towards the positive end and the cast and crew supported his concepts throughout its production.
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– Mark Tan