Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has just taken to Twitter to respond to accusations of the franchise recycling stories and imagery from past entries in the long-running science fiction series. After joining the forthcoming motion picture production from chief distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures with no plans for Episode VIII and Episode IX previously mapped out, Johnson's forthcoming entry in the larger Star Wars saga has been at the center of intense speculation and debate.
With many fans citing major plot reveals courtesy of an announced line of LEGO toys - and even more hype abounding following the release of the highly publicized Vanity Fair photo shoot - The Last Jedi is sure to be at the forefront of many moviegoers minds as we continue to tread ever closer to its December 2017 theatrical release. Nevertheless, some Star Wars fans might be worried that Episode VIII will recycle stories and images from past entries in the storied saga - as was sometimes the case with the preceding productions The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. To wit, Johnson has officially spoken out on his intention to satisfy everyone's expectations.
Taking to his personal Twitter account, Johnson took the time to respond to the query of a Star Wars fan who was specifically worried that The Last Jedi would fall prey to far too many recycled plot points and imagery. Speaking in defense of himself and the motion picture he has poured his heart and soul into, Johnson replied with the following post:
I've addressed it the only way I possibly can - by spending the past three years of my life making a film I do not think is derivative.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) May 30, 2017
Johnson definitely appears to be self-assured of the overall quality of The Last Jedi, and with any luck moviegoers will be pleased with everything Episode VIII has to offer and feel as though concerns over rehashed elements from past Star Wars films have been addressed with the latest Disney studio film. But until the new movie finally sees release, viewers will just have to wait and see how the follow-up to The Force Awakens and Rogue One compares.
Fans of the original science fiction space opera as created by George Lucas way back in 1977 have a lot of reason to be excited for The Last Jedi. Leading up to the continuing adventures of Daisey Ridley as the intrepid Jakku scavenger Rey, John Boyega as former First Order stormtrooper Finn, and Oscar Isaac as Resistance Starfighter Corps commander Poe Dameron - not to mention several new characters soon to be introduced in Episode VIII - potential moviegoers have plenty in store for them from a movie that Johnson claims will not recycle recurring stories and imagery from past entries in the Star Wars universe.
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