The Director and the Jedi

Synopsis: An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson's process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Anthony Wonke
Production: Lucasfilm
135 min

Please let me introduce our producers and our mentor,

Rian Johnson, Kathy Kennedy and Ram Bergman.

I'm gonna take a very short amount of time

to just say that I've been making movies

for a long, long time.

And I don't think, seriously,

I have ever had an experience

like I've had with this guy and this guy.

They are the best.

And you guys know that...

You know that you are very, very lucky

to have been led by this team.

So, I'm going to let them speak to that.

So, I don't want to freak anyone out, but...

I don't want to freak anybody out here,

but I think we just made a Star Wars movie.

Do you have a new project?

Yeah. You know, I'm doing a Star Wars movie.

- I'm doing the next Star Wars movie.

- Wow!

Yeah. ItsYeah, it's crazy.

Right as we were finishing

AMC Movie Talk on Friday,

the news broke about Rian Johnson.

Actually, you and I talked on the phone.

I was in my car, losing it,

"Did you see this, Rian Johnson, what?"

I love what he tweeted when the news broke,

which was that clip from The Right Stuff.

Dear Lord, please don't let me f*** up.

It was a surprising decision, like,

I think people...

'Cause he's not really a recognized name.

Yeah, I think Rian Johnson,

it's a really bold choice.

How is Rian Johnson's style

going to change Episode Vlll?

All I know is that I'm super excited

for Star Episode Vlll.

And super excited to watch

Star The Force Awakens again.

The Force is certainly with

the new Star Wars movie,

smashing box office records

in its opening weekend.

- It was really amazing.

- It was really a roller-coaster.

It was fantastic.

Okay, everybody, I gotta get to Star Wars.

I think Rian Johnson is an incredibly talented individual,

and I hope that within the Star Wars world,

he will give us something that is new,

and interesting, and exciting,

and he will still make something that

feels like it's gonna fit in that world.


What does it feel like when you

take over somebody else's world?

Well, it's, you know...

I mean, honestly, it's the most fun

I've ever had writing. It's justjoyous.

But I don't know.

- Ask me again in a few years.

- Yeah.

And that word, "conflict,"

that word is straight from Luke's,

when he confronted Vader.

"I feel a conflict in you."

And, so, that's kind of the key to,

well, making him understand.

"I looked into his eyes and I saw conflict.

"I saw he could be turned.

"And if he were turned from the dark side,

"that could shift the tide

and save the Resistance.

"This could be how we win."

"This is not going to go

the way you think."

"It is, because there's more."

I wonder if we can even ease off

on the intensity of it,

and make it more...

DAISY RI Entreating.

Yeah. Absolutely. Yeah, yeah.

The truth is I always put myself

in the shoes of..

If I wasn't involved in this movie,

if I was just, you know, just me, just a fan,

the only thing I would really want is a good movie

that delights me in ways I didn't expect.

You know what actually would be nice maybe?

You listen to me now. Instead of

holding it on him as a threat,

you bring it in.

"Listen, listen."

- And then that can be a more intimate...

- Okay. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

The spotlight now is definitely on us, on Rian,

on making this movie...

Listen to me!

which I think is great...

You listen to me now!

... as long as everybody's in sync

on what that movie needs to be.

And that's always the hard part.

The caliber of people that we've got, it's pretty amazing.

Every single person is the best

at what they do here.

I'm the newbie.

All these other department heads

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