Rian Johnson Names Inspirations for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'by HaydnSpurrell
Rian Johnson is set to take over from J.J. Abrams' successful reboot of the Star Wars franchise, and while there's plenty of pressure on the filmmaker, fans are excited at the potential the recently announced title offers. Now, Johnson has spoken with Empire, speaking about his inspirations for the film.
“Twelve O’Clock High was a big touchstone, for the feel and look of the aerial combat as well as the dynamic between the pilots. Three Outlaw Samurai for the feel of the sword-fighting, and the general sense of pulpy fun. And To Catch A Thief was a great film to rewatch, for the romantic scale and grandeur.”
Clearly, he has sound knowledge and love for classic cinema, and seeing those inspirations in the space opera that is Star Wars. In the process of editing, Johnson discussed the difficulties of writing dialogue in the Star Wars world:
“I found myself constantly wanting to push modern idioms into the dialogue, and sometimes that can work, but you have to be very careful. If you go too far you can break that Star Wars spell. The other challenge is the tech talk, which has to be simultaneously complex enough to sound real and conceptually simple enough to follow. The original films were brilliant at that.”
The Last Jedi arrives December 15.