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'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Will Be Shot On Film

Nowadays, old is the new new. Especially in the entertainment industry, rebooting fallen or forgotten shows and franchises has become as common, if not more common, as developing original projects. And it's easy to understand why, considering the fact that reboots carry with them an indelible nostalgia and an established fan base; we've seen this time and time again with successful (re)launches like Batman Begins, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Star Trek.

Arguably one of the most anticipated franchise re-awakenings of all time is J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Much of the praise for Abrams' forthcoming intergalactic venture has stemmed from the film's respect and appreciation for the original trilogy's machine aesthetic. The world originally established by Star Wars is war-torn, muted and antiquated, and the newest trailers - specifically the second one - perfectly recapture this quality. It is partly for this reason that Han Solo's declaration at the end of the second teaser - "Chewy, we're home" - packs such an emotional punch; it really does feel and look like home.

One of the ways J.J. Abrams has so successfully managed to recreate the visual aesthetic of the first Star Wars episodes is by shooting on film. Sure, George Lucas shot Episode I - The Phantom Menace on film as well; but that installment, along with the digitally captured Episodes II III, relied heavily on advanced special effects and CGI - elements that fit more in line with a 'shiny and polished' digital sci-fi world. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy have not been shy about their intention to return to more practical effects, on-site locations, and real props in order to endow The Force Awakens with elements of authenticity and tangibility, and that sentiment was also critical in their decision to continue using celluloid. Now it seems director Rian Johnson will continue this approach when he helms Star Wars: Episode VIII, and eventually Episode IX.

Johnson recently revealed this while responding to a fan on Twitter, confirming that Star Wars: Episode VIII will also shoot on 35 mm film.

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